This show is part of the 15th Annual Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival, a/k/a IndyFringe, Aug. 15-25, 2019 on Mass Ave downtown. Info, etc., at www.IndyFringe.org.
By John Lyle Belden
If you think a person would be crazy to swim in the Hudson River at New York City, then Mindy Pfeffer is really off the deep end as she goes from triathlon enthusiast to the dreaded Iron Man. As an actor and playwright, she also gets to share the experience with you in this one-woman show.
We dive right in from the beginning, as she describes her first jump into the cold waters of the Hudson and relates the journey that brought her there. A confessed “Adult Onset Athlete,” to further test herself, she signs up for the Iron Man, a swimming/biking/running event with much longer distances (the run is a full marathon). Aided by the acid wit of her Russian coach – and a LOT of training – she makes it to the beautiful but daunting Lake Placid event.
Of course, there are bumps along the way. Pfeffer tells how she is felled by the Scottish Play curse, later an injury in which she has to wear “Betty boot,” and then there’s what happens the day before her Iron Man…
Pfeffer is a masterful storyteller, acting the swim strokes from the back of her chair, miming the bicycling, and otherwise holding our attention. She helps us feel the pain of the setbacks, and the joy of every little triumph. Viktor might even crack a smile at her portrayal of his sense of humor.
For those who suffer from being an AOA, wish they could get started, or just like to cheer them on, this is a great workout in humor and inspiration. Performances are 4:30 p.m. today and 6 p.m. tomorrow (Aug. 17-18) on the Indy Eleven stage of the IndyFringe building, 719 E. St. Clair.