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Kinda Weird, Like You

2010 Cincy Fringe Festival held its own and won many more friends

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 15, 2010
The seventh annual Cincy Fringe Festival finished last Saturday evening. And in a year when many arts organizations have suffered in attendance and revenue, the Fringe (operated by Know Theatre of Cincinnati) held its own. Sales of multi-day passes were almost identical to 2009, while single ticket sales declined slightly. Overall attendance for Cincy Fringe 2010 was 6,500. Average per-show attendance was similar to last year.   

The Comfort of Anger

1 Comment · Friday, June 11, 2010
Playwright Fernando Dovalina says 'The Comfort of Anger' is a work in progress, and he's right. It's not there yet. There are big and important topics explored, some of them relatively unexplored, and Fringe is a good place to air them. But perhaps not all at once.  

Queer in the U.S.A.

3 Comments · Thursday, June 10, 2010
Johnny, a 14-year-old boy from New Jersey, is bullied by his peers and taunted by his Glee Club teacher for being "a little light on your feet." He soon splits for New York City to escape from his miserable life and find something better — particularly people who will appreciate him.  

Money Back Guaranteed

1 Comment · Thursday, June 10, 2010
Houston-based Psophonia Dance Company has proven itself again to be a thoroughly modern dance ensemble in every sense of the word. In their returning Cincy Fringe appearance, the ensemble once again addresses contemporary issues with fun, flair and plenty of enjoyable dancing.  


0 Comments · Thursday, June 10, 2010
Part of the fun of Fringe is the slapdash, on-the-fly sense of some productions. Often this is calculated, of course, a screen for serious theatrical smarts. But after several days of such fun and games, it's a pleasure to walk into a real theater with a generously furnished set waiting for action.  

Fringy Faves

A critic-approved Fringe six-pack for your second week enjoyment

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 9, 2010
The 2010 Cincy Fringe Festival is headed toward its second and final weekend, wrapping up Saturday. If you haven't made your move yet, we're ready with some recommendations. Here are short takes on six productions still running that CityBeat reviewers have labeled "critic's picks."  

Salem! The Musical

2 Comments · Monday, June 7, 2010
Hanging somewhere in the theatrical ether, ripe as a preteen suicide in a colonial barn loft, is a hysterical musical parody of the Salem witch trials. This be not it.   

Ain't That Good News

0 Comments · Monday, June 7, 2010
It seems simple enough and therefore not unique: two performers (husband and wife duo Abigail and Shaun Bengson), two mics, a handful of instruments and an otherwise bare stage. But until you factor in the two personalities, their talents and their collective life experiences, you don't realize what a long, strange trip you're on.  

The Water Draft

2 Comments · Sunday, June 6, 2010
The Cincy Fringe Festival is an appropriate venue to raise questions about how Cincinnati or any city is managed because a lot of the people watching are likely to be sympathetic. But I also want the Fringe performances I see to be entertaining or engaging, and I'm sorry to say that 'The Water Draft,' a work by veteran avant garde artists Michael Burnham (theater) and Barbara Wolf (film), failed to entertain or engage me.   

Sophie’s Dream

2 Comments · Sunday, June 6, 2010
There is no question that Serenity Fisher has a staggering amount of talent: She plays magnificently, sings well, writes smoothly in rhyme and coins clever inversions of phrases. But this is a poorly formed and indulgent exercise that, like a Stradivarius with only one string, plays the same light note throughout.   


1 Comment · Sunday, June 6, 2010
"There's a lot of different ways to tell his story. Here's how I tell it." I felt like a kid again, sitting around a campfire with someone spinning scary stories, one on top of the other. That's what 'Harold' is all about, the third iteration of excellent Fringe shows from Four Humors Theater.  

A Short Lecture of a Different Time

0 Comments · Saturday, June 5, 2010
A year ago Karim Muasher was part of the group Giant Bird that came to the 2009 Cincy Fringe to tell the story of the 'Empire of Feathers,' a mythic world in which a quest was undertaken to find a rare bird. This time around, he's back in a solo piece to tell a "spoken-word, multi-media bedtime story" set in a more elemental, mythic world illustrated by crude Nintendo graphics and electronic audio effects.   

Safety in Numbers

1 Comment · Saturday, June 5, 2010
If movement serves as language, then the Space Movement Project, a Chicago-based modern dance collective, displays fluency in its Cincy Fringe debut. The six women dance a lot throughout the piece, and their movement vocabulary proved extensive; I recall only a few recurring motifs.   

A Night of Well-Adjusted Ladies

1 Comment · Saturday, June 5, 2010
After seven years, people who still don't totally understand what the Cincy Fringe Festival is all about should make plans to see this perfect example of what's right and fun about Fringe theater. Pound for pound, I'm not sure you can find a more accessible, charming and pee-in-your-pants-funny show this week.   

The Global Lovers

10 Comments · Saturday, June 5, 2010
In a program statement e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, the director of local poet Rhonda Pettit's 'The Global Lovers,' has written: "I wanted to create a visually compelling, sensory bombastic performance that didn't pull punches." My ever reliable Webster's Dictionary defines "bombastic" as "given to bombast" and "bombast" as "pretentious inflated speech or writing." Bingo!