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IndyFringe: The Lesson

When: Fri., Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 20, 6 p.m., Sun., Aug. 21, 9 p.m., Tue., Aug. 23, 6 p.m., Thu., Aug. 25, 9 p.m. and Sat., Aug. 27, 3 p.m. 2011

Ionesco's one-act play follows the interaction between a professor and a young student eager to prepare for her total doctorate. The lesson comes to a dramatic climax due to the professor's anger and the student's ignorance.

NUVO review
2 stars

No one ever said Ionesco was easy. Funny, sure; more so than that Beckett fellow much of the time. But like Beckett, Ionesco played with language and the elements of stagecraft in ways both obvious (rhinos) and subtle (language’s impotence in the wake of the Holocaust). And it’s those subtleties that are lost when unseasoned actors tackle such difficult material. Kudos, of course, to these student performers for engaging with the contemporary canon. But a few flubs can fatally compromise the rhythm of Ionesco’s script, and it takes mature performers to bring out the give and take of the play’s master-slave dialectic. - Scott Shoger

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

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