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IndyFringe: The Impresario

When: Fri., Aug. 19, 10:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m., Sun., Aug. 21, 4:30 p.m., Wed., Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 27, 1:30 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 28, 9 p.m. 2011

The director of a failing opera company is thwarted in his resignation attempts, thanks to a bumbling baritone, a pompous tenor and two dueling sopranos waiting in the wing. They make his last day hell, reminding him of the juvenile antics he's been subjected to during his days at the company.

NUVO review
2.5 stars

The Intimate Opera  a newly founded company presenting “underperformed staged music and new talent”  took on Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor as their first Fringe production, updating the super-talky songspiel to include local references and jokes. No qualms here with the music: It was refreshing to hear an aria or two at the Fringe, particularly as performed by seasoned vocalists. But the company didn’t have a handle on the script the first night and played the farce slowly and hesitatingly. What’s more, they updated some of the language and left the rest, leaving archaic phrasing to rest uneasily alongside more modern exclamations like “You da man!” - Scott Shoger

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

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