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The Bubble and Other Displays of Moral Turpitude (Review)

By Joseph Gorman · May 30th, 2013 · Fringe
This inventive show at the Art Academy is produced by North American New Opera Workshop of Cincinnati, comprised of current or past CCM Opera students. I know this after Googling NANO Workshop because there was no printed program, which is annoying when you have a large unrecognized cast.

The Bubble has five short vignettes, all performed in the opera medium, which took a while to get into. After all, it was nearly 9 p.m. into a very long day, and I simply did not want to work this hard trying to understand the lyrics and stories. Once into the flow, however, I saw fewer yawns in the audience.  

Paula Deen used the temptation of butter to clip the wings of two angels in the first vignette, followed by two shows, both titled Layover, one about lost love, the other about weird love.

Two short operas about the housing bust left me little confused, but the David Lynch-inspired silent dancer weaving weirdly across the stage was fun. It was all performed energetically by 10 cast members, accompanied by a live keyboardist and conductor.

It took too long for stage set-up between the scenes, and hopefully during the Fringe run it will improve. This opera medium has rarely been used in the local Fringe, but for “new opera” buffs and folks seeking a different theatrical experience, The Bubble is another good reason to consider the Fringe.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: 7 p.m. May 31, 7:30 p.m. June 2, 8:15 p.m. June 4 and 7 p.m. June 6 at Art Academy Commons. Find more of CityBeat's ongoing 2013 Cincy Fringe Festival coverage, including performance reviews, commentary and venue details, here.



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