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IndyFringe: Flowers and Other F-Words

When: Fri., Aug. 19, 10:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 20, 4:30 p.m., Tue., Aug. 23, 6 p.m., Wed., Aug. 24, 9 p.m., Sat., Aug. 27, 3 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 28, 10:30 p.m. 2011

Man-opause. Andropause. Hypogonadism. One actor portrays several characters in search of answers to life's most complicated issues of love, career, aging, death, and war. Each encounters failure and disappointment, and they learn that being human is sometimes more important than being a man. Sometimes, taking a second to smell the roses makes it all worthwhile.

NUVO review
2 stars

Constructed through a series of one-man vignettes, in which a bouquet of flowers plays a prominent role, this show attempts to plumb the depths of the human heart. Flowers’ intentions and ambitions are admirable, but its execution is technically hackneyed and, at times, misguided. Performer Larry Haworth (who co-wrote the show with director Amy Pettinella) has neither the technical skill nor the emotional sensitivity to embody six different characters that expound monologues on complex subject matter. His script offers him no assistance; its sentiments on subjects ranging from mental disability to war are as deep as a greeting card. - Harry Watermeier

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

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