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IndyFringe: The Best Audience Ever

When: Sat., Aug. 20, 4:30 p.m., Sun., Aug. 21, 3 p.m., Wed., Aug. 24, 9 p.m., Thu., Aug. 25, 6 p.m., Fri., Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 28, 10:30 p.m. 2011

The Best Audience Ever is a one-man, one-woman three-ring circus. With equal parts of classroom lecture, self-improvement seminar and vaudevillian slapstick, this show delves into the mystery of how trying to unwrap lozenges quietly while shuffling in uncomfortable seats helps make live theater better for everyone.

NUVO review
2 stars

We may have been the best audience ever, but this show — a fake lecture about “audienceology” chockful of hoary theater jokes and cut-rate slapstick — didn’t quite hold up its end of the bargain. The two performers behind it seemed to be pretty quick on their feet — scriptwriter and lead Rick Cousins especially, who looks a bit like Albert Brooks and has a dry, erudite style. But Cousins didn’t give himself much to work with, and the closing number, a drawn-out song about the audience really wanting the show to be over, was a little too on-the-mark. - Scott Shoger

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

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