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Review: The Secrets Project

0 Comments · Saturday, June 6, 2009
This 55-minute, group-created "show" is all very earnest. It's intense and painfully angst-driven. But it's pop-psych drivel that Dr. Phil would be ashamed to spout.  

Review: April Fools

0 Comments · Friday, June 5, 2009
The Four Fools were a hit here last year, winning Producers' Pick, and are back with a whole new show that looks sharper and funnier than their previous production. If you like a good time with four not so naughty but really, really funny fellows, see 'April Fools.'  

Review: Travel

1 Comment · Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Three agile, committed performers defy convention, if not always gravity, in this self-described "multi-media, aerial art masterpiece," done in an "avant garde style" — in other words, no clear story, an off-putting score of atonal Electronica, random (but strangely mesmerizing) projected video and a colorful costuming scheme pitched somewhere between circus and sadomasochism.  

Review: Bibliography of Love

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I didn't expect to say this, but the primary reason to see jan street dance theatre's 'Bibliography of Love' isn't the dancing but the spoken word. Three men and two women present innumerable vignettes on the topics of love, gender and relationships, blending a few present-day scenarios into their historical love letter and poetry recitations.  

Review: The Success Show

0 Comments · Sunday, May 31, 2009
Let's get it out of the way right now: 'The Success Show' succeeds. But then, staging a send-up of a business motivational seminar offers a wealth of material to choose from, and writer/director Michael Comstock does an 80/20 job of making it pay off.  

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.