Festivals + Parties, Theater + Dance

The Return of the Great Nickolini

When: Fri., Aug. 19, 6 p.m., Sat., Aug. 20, 9 p.m., Sun., Aug. 21, 3 p.m., Tue., Aug. 23, 9 p.m., Thu., Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 28, 7:30 p.m. 2011

Actor/Writer Nick Abeel tries to answer the question, "who is the Great Nickolini?", an elusive figure from his past, amid the concrete jungle of New York City.

NUVO review
2.5 stars

Indianapolis native Nick Abeel revisits his younger, awkward self in an unpolished but promising performance. He takes to the stage nattily dressed in a suit; but after hopping in and out of an on-stage trunk, he’s transformed into 11-year-old Nick, donning baggy shorts and a King Kong t-shirt. Abeel questions why we always look upon our former selves as something lesser than our current selves. Ultimately, he concludes that we can’t escape our former selves ⎯ nor should we try. Abeel occasionally references his notes, breaking the show’s pacing. But his message is heartfelt and relatable, and his show likely will improve considerably as he gains experience through future performances. — Matthew McClure

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

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