When: Sat., Aug. 20, 1:30 p.m., Sun., Aug. 21, 10:30 p.m., Mon., Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Aug. 26, 6 p.m., Sat., Aug. 27, 4:30 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 28, 7:30 p.m. 2011
Eddie, a jumper, and Angel, the man trying to talk him down lead the audience through this comedy about life and death. Winner of the Gladys Cameron Watt Award at the 70th National Playwriting Competition, The Third Life of Eddie Mann by John Spurway will have its world premiere during Indy Fringe.
The opening tableau of this piece is brimming with darkly comedic potential: An unkempt businessman stands on a window ledge, preparing to leap to his death, when a bemused stranger casually pokes his head out the window and strikes up a conversation. Unfortunately, this potential is squandered by static staging, predictable plot points and punch lines, and hackneyed moralizing toward the play’s end. The actors fail to connect with their audience in this disappointing performance. - Harry Watermeier
Price: $5 backer button, $10 general admission, $7 students with valid ID, $5 children under 12