When: Sat., Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m., Sun., Aug. 21, 4:30 p.m., Mon., Aug. 22, 9 p.m., Fri., Aug. 26, 10:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 27, 1:30 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 28, 9 p.m. 2011
Move over, Danica Patrick! This raucous, racy play is a history of women and the Indy 500, and promises to be the wildest ride at the Fringe. The real women in this play conspire and connive to ride the bricks long before they were allowed anywhere near the pits. Fasten your seat belts and come along as they predict and create the future of women at the brickyard.
Driving, as a piece of historical fiction, dramatizes the 1935 meeting between aviatrix Laura Ingalls and reporter Mary Bostwick, and their attempt to establish gender equality in the world of racing. The technical elements of this production — elegant lighting, engaging sound design, attractive costuming — infuse an already confident script with a kind of professionalism that is unique to many fringe venues. The talented, committed cast (possessing a kind of professional gloss of their own) propels the story with a fantastic energy. The piece is never bogged down by historical exposition, but rather manages to be entirely accessible and utterly charming. - Harry Watermeier
Price: $5 backer button, $10 general admission, $7 students with valid ID, $5 children under 12