IndyFringe: What They Said About Love

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 Wendy Carson

Actor Steven Budd gives us a look into his personal journey of self-discovery regarding his ability to understand love and relationships.

We start with a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, for his 50th birthday. He is set up on a blind date with the woman of his dreams and they proceed to fall madly in love with each other. Could she be “The One”?

After he reluctantly returns home they spend a month on Skype learning more about each other. Finally, it is time for her to visit him, but she is persistent about her desire for him to give her a ring to wear once she gets there. Are they moving too fast? Is he ready for this step? Needless to say, he is overwhelmed by it all. He loves her, but doesn’t know if he can adjust to her idiosyncrasies.

Interspersed within this narrative are clips of various couples he has recorded relating their own stories of finding their mates. These anecdotes are touching, gritty, and sometimes just a bit zany, but they offer endless insight into all the work and love that goes into making a relationship.

Can he overcome his Neurosis and make it all work? Does he know how or even have the capability to be in a commitment? Find out for yourself before Steve and the show are gone: performances are 7:30 tonight and 1:30 p.m. tomorrow (Aug. 17-18) at the Indy Eleven theater (719 E. St. Clair).

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