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Review: No Stranger Than Home

0 Comments · Sunday, May 31, 2009
There's just not a lot of opportunity to see one-person shows over the course of our local theatrical season, save for the Fringe. So while it's initially easy to walk away from 'No Stranger Than Home' and wish for something more dramatically interesting, more produced, there is something about the stripped down, uber-low budget presentation that hits home.  

Review: Painted

0 Comments · Sunday, May 31, 2009
You might have seen similar artworks while strolling around Summerfair this weekend: a creative idea, an appealing palette, an artful frame. But an unfinished composition. In 'Painted,' six talented and likeable performers (most CCM students or recent grads) color one another, literally, with the experiences of a lifetime.  

Review: 7 (x1) Samurai

0 Comments · Sunday, May 31, 2009
Go prepared to laugh with little letup. A single actor/athlete uses well-honed skills to both re-tell and lampoon Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 film, 'The Seven Samurai,' in which good prevails over evil but at great cost to both losers and winners.  

Review: Gravesongs

0 Comments · Sunday, May 31, 2009
To showcase its intern company, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati has annually contributed a show to the Fringe that features these young performers in scenes by established playwrights or self-written pieces on a particular theme. This year, with a talented set of interns (five 23-year-old women plus a director) they undertook a more coherent piece of theater that has truly paid off.  

Review: The Gayer Show

0 Comments · Sunday, May 31, 2009
Perhaps the most striking thing about this performance is the juxtaposition of the two lives, gay men born 20 years apart. The two men don't interact, but they trade off speaking time, and their experiences comment on each other. The resulting synergy makes the whole greater than the sum of the parts.  

Review: Sex, Dreams and Self-Control

0 Comments · Saturday, May 30, 2009
Kevin Thornton's piece is a tour de force. At times hilarious, at times poignant, it's the story of a reluctant gay boy (later man) who's made to feel incredible shame for his sexuality. The performance is at once genuine, entertaining, poetic and professional.  

Review: The 4 Food Groups

0 Comments · Saturday, May 30, 2009
The performance piece in four short acts serves up a bawdy farce, spiked with moments of sharp wit and teasing sexuality. While the commonalities between sex and food are well-known (and sometimes well-worn), the players of Pones Inc. find fresh and fun ways to explore sex, food, interpersonal relationships and more.  

Review: The Edge

0 Comments · Saturday, May 30, 2009
Gliding on the smooth, cool surfaces of what must be the 2009 festival’s most elaborate set — a hand-me-down from a past Ensemble Theatre production, but never mind, it works — 'The Edge' is a beautifully measured, well-polished character study that should enrich the whole fabric of the this year's Fringe.  

Review: Incredulity

0 Comments · Saturday, May 30, 2009
With very little fanfare, a troupe will take the stage in the side room at Media Bridges. They'll thank you for coming to Incredulity, explain long-form improvisation and then ask simply: What makes you incredulous?  

Review: Call Me

0 Comments · Saturday, May 30, 2009
The production is an ingenious concoction that uses a staple of 21st-century life, your very own cell phone, to make theater on the streets of Over-the-Rhine and in your head. The drama, as it happens, is taking place in 1949, when World War II was over and film noir was a big draw in the movie houses — but cell phones weren't even a glint in a scientist's eye.  

Review: Body Language II: Phys. Ed.

0 Comments · Friday, May 29, 2009
The Body Language concept is to interview people about how they view their bodies, then turn their insights into a telling pastiche that amuses and informs and hits us where we might not know we hurt. In the current show, they've gone back to high school, when bodies are presumably about at peak, and found a mass of conflicting responses.  

Review: Where Drunk Men Go: A Poem With Music

0 Comments · Friday, May 29, 2009
This performance poem, written and delivered by regional bard Richard Hague and supported solidly by Michael Henson on guitar is, even by Fringe standards, a bare-bones affair. And that is as it should be. The two men take the small stage at the Coffee Emporium and, for 75 minutes, trade off in verse and song, evoking what it means to be a man devoted deeply to drink.  

Review: Jacques Brel's Lonsesome Losers of the Night

0 Comments · Friday, May 29, 2009
This show was originally mounted in Chicago a year ago by a company called Theo Ubique; it was well received by audiences there. The Cincinnati production is staged by director Lyle Benjamin, under the auspices of his Queen City Off-Broadway company.  

Review: Cemetery Golf

0 Comments · Friday, May 29, 2009
All you worshipers in the temple of the theater, shout "Hallelujah!" After engagements in New York and Chicago, storyteller-actor-writer Jim Loucks is lighting up one corner of the Fringe Festival with his solo show, 'Cemetery Golf': 75 minutes of fresh, amusing, often moving recollections of a North Georgia childhood.  

Review: Villainy

0 Comments · Friday, May 29, 2009
Whatever flaws 'Villainy' has as a work of theater, let's be clear: Lack of energy isn't one of them. The play is set up in five acts, with a prologue and epilogue attached. There are also intermittent video scenes involving a vengeful teen and the 'World of Warcraft' game, which admittedly could have been either funnier or more poignant.