DIY Productions, which last year provided a surprising self-conducted Over-the-Rhine tour with 'Inner: City,' has cooked up a new way to rattle your expectations. The Fringe and the OTR neighborhood itself are part of the package, which you can experience alone or with a friend or two.
What's one day you'll never forget? A person who changed everything? A color you'll carry forever? Cincinnati-based White Beard Productions blends those thoughts via interviews and fiction, text and movement, theater and visual art.
A mother (Amy Warner) and daughter (Karen Wissel) meet on a Mediterranean cliff and struggle to connect. "The daughter won't speak to the mother. She dances," Warner explains, which means that CCM choreographer Judith Mikita had to create half the play's poetic "dialogue" from scratch.
It wouldn't be a Fringe without some improv, arguably the fringiest of all theatrical endeavors. Performers put themselves out there, and producer Dave Powell is quick to point out that they can and do occasionally fail. Don't believe it? Don't be so incredulous, he says.
This pseudo-seminar with faux business guru Denny Martin takes the principles of success to new depths as PowerPoint presentations prove pointless and powerless, group exercises go wrong and all the things you learned in kindergarten still can't get you through the first grade.
This narrative, autobiographical theater piece takes an original slant on the issues concerning gay life because the two male characters are 20 years apart and their sensibilities are often stretched by this generation gap.
Kurosawa's classic film 'Seven Samurai' is three hours of banditry, heroics and slaughter. David Gaines, who clowns with Big Apple Circus, gets the tale told and the slaughtering done in an hour — using two masks and one costume while playing 40-plus samurai, peasants and bandits and infusing generous amounts of Merrie Melodies comedy.
In 'Travel,' Jeremy Millsaps' feet never touch the ground. "I just focus on what's in my hand," whether it's a hoop, trapeze or length of silk (fabric burns, not falls, are his chief occupational hazard).
Virginia Woolf's sweeping novel, 'Orlando,' has been referred to as the longest love letter in history. It's also the inspiration behind Jan Street Dance Theatre's 'Bibliography of Love,' a multi-faceted exploration of gender transformations of the past and present — of the Bloomsbury Group and of the quintet of performers.
The 60-minute show was group-written by several Miami University students, then nailed down into a performance script that "explores our humanity through secrets," says director-coordinator Lindsey Barlag. Five women and two men will do the revealing and exploring.