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By Rick Pender · June 15th, 2005 · Curtain Call
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Anna Marie Agniel undermined all assumptions about her
John Kuczwara

Anna Marie Agniel undermined all assumptions about her "slow" sister, Mary Kate, in Slow Children Playing, one of the "Pick of the Fringe" winners at the Fringe Festival.



The 2005 CINCINNATI FRINGE FESTIVAL concluded June 12, including three performances of the "Pick of the Fringe" determined by the festivals producers, critics and fans. The proceeds from those performances will provide some seed money for the 2006 Fringe. This year's event saw 3,822 attendees, and CinEx Arts, the nonprofit organization behind the Fringe, says the 12-day festival generated $35,000, which is shared with the performers. Next year's festival is set for May 31 to June 11, 2006. For complete coverage of Fringe shows and the accompanying Visual Fringe exhibitions, go to citybeat.com/fringe.

Sex remains a hot-button issue in Cincinnati, one that can cause incredible consternation and yet also produce fascinating artistic expression. CINCINNATI PLAYWRIGHTS INITIATIVE takes on the topic in a fund-raising event called "Sex in This City" Monday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the courtyard at Arnold's downtown. CPI will present five 10-minute plays on the topic of sex in Cincinnati. The five were chosen from 25 works submitted for the contest by Tristate playwrights: Terminal Sex by Chuck Wente, The Quiz by Ken Lydy, A Licorice-Dipped Lexapro by Denise Stoner, I Thee Wed by Brian Carney and Subtext by Chuck Sambuchino.

The event costs $21 per person and includes free appetizers.

The 2005 CINCINNATI FRINGE FESTIVAL concluded June 12, including three performances of the "Pick of the Fringe" determined by the festivals producers, critics and fans. The proceeds from those performances will provide some seed money for the 2006 Fringe. This year's event saw 3,822 attendees, and CinEx Arts, the nonprofit organization behind the Fringe, says the 12-day festival generated $35,000, which is shared with the performers. Next year's festival is set for May 31 to June 11, 2006. For complete coverage of Fringe shows and the accompanying Visual Fringe exhibitions, go to citybeat.com/fringe. ...

Sex remains a hot-button issue in Cincinnati, one that can cause incredible consternation and yet also produce fascinating artistic expression. CINCINNATI PLAYWRIGHTS INITIATIVE takes on the topic in a fund-raising event called "Sex in This City" Monday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the courtyard at Arnold's downtown. CPI will present five 10-minute plays on the topic of sex in Cincinnati. The five were chosen from 25 works submitted for the contest by Tristate playwrights: Terminal Sex by Chuck Wente, The Quiz by Ken Lydy, A Licorice-Dipped Lexapro by Denise Stoner, I Thee Wed by Brian Carney and Subtext by Chuck Sambuchino. The event costs $21 per person and includes free appetizers. There will also be a cash bar. Details can be found on CPI's Web site at cinciplaywrights.org. ...

OVATION THEATER CO. has announced its 2005-06 season, which again will be performed at the Aronoff Center's Fifth Third Bank Theater. The season, Ovation's eighth, is being expanded from four main stage productions to five. The lineup includes Paul Rudnick's Jeffrey (Oct. 26-29), the third annual holiday presentation of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Nov. 25-Dec. 3 in the Aronoff's Jarson-Kaplan Theater), the local premiere of Kindertransport (Feb. 3-12, 2006), Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes (April 28-May 6, 2006) and the Off-Broadway hit As Bees in Honey Drown (July 21-29). Ovation still has one more production left in its current season: The Water Children (July 22-29). Tickets and info: 513-369-1544 or cincinnatiovation.com. ...

I've just returned from a visit to China, and one of my steady companions was a tour book published by Rough Guide. These volumes have a reputation of providing helpful guidance for anyone trying to navigate a foreign land in an unpretentious and behind-the-scenes kind of way. So it's not a far stretch to understand why they've branched out to create helpful guides to other places where people might need some navigational assistance -- I recently received a copy of THE ROUGH GUIDE TO SHAKESPEARE by Andrew Dickson. Whether you're gearing up for a season at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival or you simply want a good reference volume to help you recall the plot of The Merry Wives of Windsor, you'll find this a useful book. But it offers a lot more than just coverage of each of the 38 plays (there's a synopsis, character list, stage history and a few snippets from critical essays). You'll also find up-to-date reviews and recommendations of the best films and audio recordings from Laurence Olivier to Baz Luhrmann, in addition to recommendations for further reading. There's also a section offering a "contextual" account of Shakespeare's life providing more information about the world in which he lived, the books he read and the theater environment in which he created his plays. The book also is peppered with lots of photos and illustrations, plus light-hearted but informative features on topics such as Shakespearean swearing, the role of fools, cross-dressing and the mystery of Shakespeare's lost plays. It's a good investment: $23.99 for 532 pages. I suspect you'll be able to find it at most bookstores.

 
 
 
 

 

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