Perhaps you overslept back in June and missed the 2012 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. Maybe you came for a night or two and caught just a few performances. Or it might be that you saw all the good stuff and just want to see some of it again. Regardless, you now have a chance to make up for it or to satisfy a fall craving for Fringe performances, thanks to the festival’s presenter, Know Theatre of Cincinnati.
Circle the weekend of Sept. 19-22 on your calendar and you can catch encores of two award-winning shows, plus two favorite solo artists who are bringing some new material. The Audience Pick of the Fringe, the locally produced On Her Pillow, will be presented on Sept. 19 (7:30 p.m.) and 21 (7 p.m.); the Producers’ Pick of the Fringe, The Screw You Revue from Orlando, Fla., will be presented on Sept. 21 (9:15 p.m.) and 22 (10 p.m.). Additionally, Kevin J. Thornton from Nashville (his Fringe production in June was Strange Dreamz) will present UNFRINGED on Sept. 20 (8:30 p.m.) and 22 (7 p.m.), and Tommy Nugent from Detroit (who offered American Badass in Cincy in June) returns with OCCUPY This: Tales of an Accidental Activist on Sept.
Honour Pillow is a biracial Cincinnati native who became a model then a comedian, performing in clubs in Chicago and Las Vegas for a decade. After a bout with cancer in 2010, she came home and took up writing. The result is her show, On Her Pillow, which she performs as a solo artist.
Dewey Chaffee and Douglas McGeoch’s show, The Screw You Revue, an assemblage of irreverent humor and taboo topics, explores the boundaries of human bigotry, racism and intolerance with over-the-top characters and audience interaction. They play 89-year-old Wayburn Sassy, a mouthy bigot, and his “gorgeous” girlfriend, Miss Didi Panache. (They’ve won “best of” awards at Fringe festivals across the U.S. and Canada.)
Kevin Thornton mixes comedic storytelling and original music that local audiences loved in 2009, 2011 and 2012. This time he’s offering an hour that’s unscripted and spontaneous. (He says this will be never-before-heard material — which is good news, since his 2012 show recycled several previous tales, entertaining but not so fresh.)
Tommy Nugent says he’s “your basic preacher turned strip club bartender turned professional gambler turned law school drop-out turned street magician turned motivational speaker turned solo theater artiste.” Mining material from his involvement in Occupy Wall Street (and Occupy Detroit in his hometown), he’s created another of his idiosyncratic monologues.
Tickets are $12 for each show (just like during the Fringe), but you can also get a $40 pass for access to shows during the entire four-day run, including a performance by OTRimprov, Know’s house improv team, on Sept. 19 at 9:15 p.m.