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IndyFringe: Welcome to Zanland!

When: Sat., Aug. 20, 9 p.m., Sun., Aug. 21, 3 p.m., Mon., Aug. 22, 9 p.m., Thu., Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Aug. 26, 6 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 28, 10:30 p.m. 2011

This autobiographical show is described as hilarious, poignant, and raw. Nationally touring comedian Zan Aufderheide, has a refreshingly funny take on turning crisis into comedy, and comedy into healing, as displayed in this one-woman show about coming-of-age.

NUVO review
3 stars

Zan Aufderheide tries to blend a memoir of dysfunctional family life similar to those that have become the stock-in-trade of nonfiction bestseller lists with stand-up comedy. The results are by turns emotionally sore and humorous, albeit in the laughing beats crying vein. Whether her routine reaches its high point when she suddenly lowers her defenses and speaks frankly of what her father’s death has taught her or, rather, veers off course, confusing sincerity with artistic tone deafness, is an open question that tries to give this show a redemptive heft. - David Hoppe

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

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