Lyle Benjamin, artistic director of Queen City Off Broadway, is restaging this hit production from Chicago, calling it the “perfect show when you drink, look French and despair.” Songwriter Brel is the master of cool melancholy, and this 80-minute show offers 21 of his songs, 14 of which have never before been translated in English.
Benjamin’s local cast (Ken Early, Eugene Goss, Tony Wright and Liz Vosmeier) play two sailors, a bartender and a dead-behind-the-eyes whore in a rundown Dutch waterfront tavern circa 1959. Benjamin says it’s probably the best vocal ensemble in Cincinnati this year. (He plans to present the production again in July at a venue TBD.)Performed at Duveneck May 28 and 31 and June 3 and 6 (see map of Fringe venues here)