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HOT DAMN! It’s the Loveland Frog! (Critic's Pick)

Hugo West Theatricals (Cincinnati)

0 Comments · Friday, May 30, 2014
Hot Damn! The creators of Don't Cross the Streams: The Cease and Desist Musical, the hilarious hit from the 2012 Cincy Fringe, are back with another entry. And the great news is that this show is even better.  

The Ultimate Stimulus

Felipe Ossa (New York City)

0 Comments · Friday, May 30, 2014
Remember all those statistics we heard a few years back about the vast disparity in the distribution of wealth in our country — and how the worst area of all could be found in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine?   

Confessions of a Fatherless Daughter

Sluts & Cupcakes (Cincinnati)

0 Comments · Friday, May 30, 2014
As the girls paced across the floor, their babble of voices filled the small space, gradually resolving into a single whispered word: strength. Confessions of a Fatherless Daughter, presented by Sluts & Cupcakes (students from SCPA), was a frank exploration into the power a father holds in defining his child’s worldview.   

[Frankenstein] (Critic's Pick)

Alex Talks and Harper Lee (Cincinnati)

0 Comments · Friday, May 30, 2014
The legacy of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein reverberates 200 years after its publication. The prescient tale of a scientist playing god has been reimaged to the point of saturation, but somehow [Frankenstein] by Alex Talks and Harper Lee manages to make it fresh.   

Aquarian Exposition: A Trip Back to the Original Woodstock

SHARP Dance Company (Philadelphia)

0 Comments · Friday, May 30, 2014
Cut to 1969, the Summer of Love and Woodstock. Well, almost. This Philadelphia dance company offers a modern homage to Woodstock or — according to the program notes — what the people listening to the concert might have been doing in the fields during those three days that defined an era.  

Heist

Performance Gallery (Cincinnati)

0 Comments · Friday, May 30, 2014
Here’s what you get with Heist, this year’s Fringe production from Performance Gallery (the only group to be represented in each of the 11 Cincinnati Fringe Festivals): Three odd thugs have taken refuge in a closed basement space. With them are two bags of loot and two hostages.   

The King & I: a Hunk of Burnin’ Love (Critic's Pick)

Schedule C Productions (Anderson, Ind.)

0 Comments · Friday, May 30, 2014
Celebrity worship can sometimes become exactly that. That’s never been more true than with Elvis Presley. Almost 40 years after his death he’s still celebrated as a pillar of music and more. Kevin Holladay’s show explores the King of Rock & Roll’s sway on his people and the allure of groupthink on the masses.
  

Reflections

The Freedom Ensemble (Cincinnati)

0 Comments · Friday, May 30, 2014
It’s no secret that in our culture thinness is a social and cultural ideal and that adolescents are particularly vulnerable to negative feelings regarding their inability to meet unrealistic physical standards.  

Sarge (Critic's Pick)

Clifton Performance Theatre (Cincinnati)

0 Comments · Friday, May 30, 2014
Sarge is a one-woman show written by Cincinnati-based actor, writer and director Kevin Crowley featuring Christine Dye. In three short vignettes, Crowley imagines the life of Dottie Sandusky, aka “Sarge,” the wife of Penn State’s assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky around the time he was indicted for multiple counts of child molestation.   

Son of a Hutch

Left Out Productions (New York City)

0 Comments · Thursday, May 29, 2014
New York-based writer and solo performer Joe Hutcheson returns to the Cincinnati Fringe Festival with his new show, Son of a Hutch, a wryly funny riff on his memories of growing up gay in the shadow of his macho father.  

Something Something New Vagina (Critic's Pick)

Rebecca Kling (Chicago)

0 Comments · Thursday, May 29, 2014
It’s a brave journey, changing genders — not to mention one that most of us perhaps have never imagined and will never experience. Rebecca Kling shares and bares all in her solo show, Something Something New Vagina.  

Slut Shaming (Critic's Pick)

Those People Who Do That Theater (Cincinnati)

0 Comments · Thursday, May 29, 2014
The idea of rape as a life-changing event is certainly not new ground; it’s been the stuff of movies, plays and public service television for years. Yet Trey Tatum’s Slut Shaming, as directed by Bridget Leak, tells us in no uncertain terms that it is other people — not the rapist — who most influence the aftermath.   

BOOTY! A Revolutionary Pirate Tale

By Tangled Leaves Theatre Collective (Cincinnati)

0 Comments · Thursday, May 29, 2014
 This show is almost impossible to quantify. The fourth collaborative Cincy Fringe effort of Tangled Leaves Theatre Collective, the play is co-written and directed by Robin O’Neal Kissel with all music composed and performed by co-writer Serenity Fisher and her band, The Cardboard Hearts.  

Bebe

Patchwork (Jonesboro, Tenn.)

0 Comments · Thursday, May 29, 2014
Tolstoy’s famous opening line to Anna Karenina proposes that all happy families are alike, while each unhappy family is miserable in its own way. Patchwork’s entry for the 2014 Fringe, Bebe, proves the opposite can also be true.  

Revolting Circumstances

The Burying Beetles (Cincinnati)

0 Comments · Thursday, May 29, 2014
This production is a LOUD, in-your-face hodgepodge of history, hegemony and wacky interpretation. Did I say LOUD?