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IndyFringe: Andrea Merlyn's Book of Secrets: Vol 2

When: Sat., Aug. 20, 10:30 p.m., Sun., Aug. 21, 3 p.m., Mon., Aug. 22, 6 p.m., Fri., Aug. 26, 9 p.m., Sat., Aug. 27, 6 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 28, 1:30 p.m. 2011

Andrea Merlyn & Her Sorority of Sisters are back again, ready to thrill and amaze! Shammy Baye Fakkir returns with a new infomercial, "The Female De-Troubleizer." Madame Esmerelda Fallendo is ready to reach into your mind. Andrea Merlyn performs more miracles in this sequel to last year's succesful show.

NUVO review
2.5 stars

Taylor Martin and crew have created what is possibly the most low-key drag variety show in the history of the medium. The show — which combines elements of stand up, magic and short sketches — relies too heavily on store-bought props and stock gags. The magic tricks are juvenile, and the performers lack the professional skill to execute them with the necessary grace. In a particularly bizarre chapter of the show, Mr. Martin (as Andrea Merlyn) recounts a somber and deeply personal anecdote about the dangers of alternative medicines. This disorienting speech creates an atmosphere from which the show never recovers. - Harry Watermeier

Price: $10 general admission, $7 students with valid ID, $5 children under 12

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