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Poe and Mathews: A Misadventure in the Middle of Nowhere (Review)

2 Comments · Friday, May 31, 2013
The actors and the show were absolutely at their best during unscripted moments — hearing the Coffee Emporium phone ring, accidentally hitting the ceiling fan above the stage, calling attention to the lack of off-stage space during the show — events that elicited the strongest laughs of the night.  

A.J. Raffles: Amateur Cracksman (Review)

0 Comments · Friday, May 31, 2013
 Playwright Andrew Hungerford had a solid foundation for his very silly 2013 Fringe show, A. J. Raffles: Amateur Cracksman. It was, in fact, a series of stories in the 1890s and a 1904 play (titled Raffles, The Amateur Cracksman). Victorian writer E. W. Hornung created the character somewhat in response to the work of his brother-in-law Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, whose Sherlock Holmes was all the rage.

We Put the F.U.N. in Funeral (Review)

We Put the F.U.N. In Funeral, Cincy Fringe Festival, SCPA Black Box, Fringenext

1 Comment · Friday, May 31, 2013
Teenagers look critically at the grownup world, perhaps because they know they'll be there themselves before long, and they often don't like what they see. The School for Creative and Performing Arts students who put together We Put the F.U.N. in Funeral certainly fall into that number, and interpret their title in the most ironic sense.  

The Wave (Review - Critic's Pick)

0 Comments · Friday, May 31, 2013
 A note in the program says that Ron “wanted to deter his students from the allure of totalitarianism.” My impression is that explanation was merely an excuse he gave one student’s parent. Whatever Ron’s original pedagogical motives were, those motives dissolve with his innocence as he takes on the lascivious appeal of power.  

In Which I Set Myself on Fire (Review)

0 Comments · Friday, May 31, 2013
Hayley Powell’s In Which I Set Myself on Fire is a noble effort to give shape to a complex idea — the collective reality of shared experience, the mental synchronicity that happens among close friends.   

A Killing Game (Review)

0 Comments · Friday, May 31, 2013
 Judging from the enthusiasm generated by the actors, and by several audience members who were really getting into the spirit of audience integration, A Killing Game is gonna have a killer run at the Fringe.  

Violent as Birth Dramatic as Death (Review)

0 Comments · Friday, May 31, 2013
In this one-man show, Kevin Brown, a lanky young man with a punk-style shaved head and a long blonde forelock a la Rihanna, throws himself into what is billed as “the internal violence and drama that occur when one questions stereotyping, impatience, gender complexities, the nature of living sacrifice and the value of one’s artistry.”

Dirk Darrow: NCSSI (Review - Critic's Pick)

0 Comments · Friday, May 31, 2013
Darrow’s gumshoe detective story goes like this: He is a fedora-wearing, gun-toting man in love with the wrong kind of dame. Man is murdered (bum, bum, bum!) and with magic tricks, mentalism and plenty of help from game audience members he solves the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY of the crime.   

Pulling off Procreation (Review)

1 Comment · Friday, May 31, 2013
I suppose if you saw it, you might say that Pulling off Procreation is a Fringe-esque meditation on celebrity and fame in a 24/7 “news” culture. You might also say, as I did via my review notes, “OH MY GOD KILL ME NOW.”

Vortex of the Great Unknown (Review)

0 Comments · Friday, May 31, 2013
The newest play from creative team Serenity Fisher and Robin O’Neal Kissel is a whirlwind of new vocabulary words (say zoetropic five times fast); new professions (flavor listener) and new problems (an entire galaxy is about to be devoured/obliterated by a scary instellar storm, aka the vortex).  

Shut UP, Emily Dickinson! (Review)

0 Comments · Thursday, May 30, 2013
We’ll never really know what kept Dickinson a prisoner in that upstairs room in Amherst, Massachusetts, but if you see this show you’ll have some insight into the kind of demons or gods that might have plagued her.  

Maps (Review)

0 Comments · Thursday, May 30, 2013
Eight dancers perform on a bare stage at Know Theatre, backed by a large white projection screen on which simple animation (by Mam-Luft & Co.) plays out.  

Persephone’s Prerogative (Review)

0 Comments · Thursday, May 30, 2013
The FringeNext series of shows, now in its third year as an element of the Cincinnati Fringe, invites performances produced, created and performed by high school students.  

MixTape (Review)

0 Comments · Thursday, May 30, 2013
This show's 100-percent family friendly content is a win-win for those looking for the theatrical equivalent of a cool glass of water on a hot summer Fringe night.  

Catalina (Review)

0 Comments · Thursday, May 30, 2013
Catalina is a lively take on history and on theater, puts 16th century events into a 21st century syntax and suggests that the woman's movement was bound to come.