IndyFringe: Transitory State

This is part of IndyFringe 2021, Aug. 19-Sept. 5 (individual performance times vary) in downtown Indianapolis. Details and tickets at IndyFringe.org.

By Wendy Carson

Fledgling theater group Theatre Unchained brings a spooky sort of offering to this year’s Fringe, “Transitory State” by Vic Rodriguez.

Best friends Bee and Hudson meet in a graveyard with sentimental offerings to their dearly departed friend and former roommate, Riley, in order to try to connect with his spirit. Since it is obvious that Bee is not really all that serious about this, their attempt fails but they do spend hours upon end talking and reminiscing about the past.

The next day as Bee and her partner Karla are headed out to Karla’s improv show, they call Hudson to come along and although he reluctantly agrees, he ends up alone at home remembering happier times past. It is also obvious that he has never gotten over Riley’s death.

Later, Hudson is sitting alone in his apartment once again when Riley’s ghost suddenly appears. Needless to say, this is a shock. He tries to convince Bee this is real but even though Karla believes, Bee just won’t accept it.

Bee feels that since she and Karla are moving away to Chicago and Riley’s parents have decided to move his body to their new home in Paris, Hudson is just trying to cope with these changes.

Is Riley really back or just a figment of Hudson’s imagination? You will have to check out the show, playing at the IndyFringe Theatre, to see.

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