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The Bubble and Other Displays of Moral Turpitude (Review)

0 Comments · Thursday, May 30, 2013
This inventive show at the Art Academy is produced by North American New Opera Workshop of Cincinnati, comprised of current or past CCM Opera students.  

And the Rand Played On... aka The Hell with Edutainment, Let’s Have Fun! (Review)

0 Comments · Thursday, May 30, 2013
As most good theatre is, And the Rand Played On... is a cautionary romp, and the mirror it holds up sets off alarms.  

And All the Rest Is Junk Mail (Review)

0 Comments · Thursday, May 30, 2013
This spunky two-woman show explores communication of all kinds, as well as miscommunication, in a quirky, often farcical romp.  

Thou Shall Rot in Hell (Review)

0 Comments · Thursday, May 30, 2013
This show is engaging and, most importantly, funny — and it’s clear that teenage actor/playwright Zak Kelly is a talent on the rise.   

Delicious

0 Comments · Thursday, June 7, 2012
Family-friendly Fringe shows aren’t common, but Psophonia brings a playful, even childlike romp to the Festival with Delicious. As frequent Cincy Fringe participants, the Houston-based, all-female modern dance company more often has focused on women’s issues. But as with their previous Fringe shows, Co-Artistic Directors Sonia Noriega and Sophia L. Torres once again go all out on eye-catching costumes, props and other visual elements in this series of brief vignettes.  

Bombus and Berrylinne (Recommended)

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 5, 2012
And now for something completely different, as the Monty Python guys used to say: Four Humors Theater, back for another year at the Cincinnati Fringe, brings a wholly different — and totally charming — piece for audiences of all ages, Bombus and Berrylinne.  

Nothing (Recommended)

1 Comment · Sunday, June 3, 2012
Nothing, Nic Balthazar’s piece about bullying, makes it U.S. premiere as Unity Productions’ Fringe production, presented at Know Theatre. A one-man show, the multimedia play uses video and music to move the story forward. Nothing mixes forms and does it well: one part engrossing stage drama and one part, documentary.   

Kiss Kiss Missiles: A Retrospectacle (Recommended)

0 Comments · Sunday, June 3, 2012
The most engaging of the three dances presented by The Space/Movement Project in Kiss Kiss Missiles: A Retrospectacle is the first, with all five of the company’s dancers barefoot and wearing costumes that could almost have come out of their everyday closets with a sash or a ribbon added for the stage. A dancer wearing a flaring red skirt and dark top appears in movement as slim and supple as pulled taffy.   

The Doppelganger Cometh and Overtaketh

0 Comments · Sunday, June 3, 2012
In her director’s notes for The Doppelganger Cometh and Overtaketh, Leah Strasser says, “We hope you find this play as funny as we do, because we still laugh every time we hear it.” If that was the goal of Strasser, who also plays a central role, and her colleagues who have announced the birth of Homegrown Theater, a new local company, I’m afraid I need to say “Better luck next time.”  

On Her Pillow: Too True Tales of Black Little White Girl

0 Comments · Saturday, June 2, 2012
Honour Pillow probably already knows that she’s going to have a tough time making you feel sorry for her when she takes the stage for her solo show at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Having spent the early part of her career as a runway model in New York, she bears a fine resemblance to Julia Roberts with Halle Berry’s complexion, and it’s that issue of racial identity that fuels the better part of this personal history and emotional travelogue.  

Tainted Love: A Zombie-Human Love Story

0 Comments · Saturday, June 2, 2012
This particular romp is by local playwright Alan Jozwiak and was adapted from a short story he had published in a zombie quarterly. Directed by Kevin Crowley and gamely acted by a cast of 10, including a quintet of mainly high-school-aged zombies, it is beyond harmless and moves toward the genuinely charming.  

A Hands On Guide to the Apocalypse (Recommended)

0 Comments · Saturday, June 2, 2012
If you’ve had it up to here with Love Thy Neighbor, this is the show for you. A Hands On Guide to the Apocalypse arrives just in time, since 2012 — as we’re being frequently reminded — is the year the Mayans tagged for the end of the world.   

Love Knots

0 Comments · Saturday, June 2, 2012
Love Knots, this year’s Fringe submission from Cincinnati’s Essex Theatre Arts Studio, has good, even sweet, intentions: five 10-minute plays by Phil Paradis, each trying to untangle love. The production’s weak writing and flat, uninspired staging sours the experience of a piece that should have been frothy, warm, and kind of tingly — day-old coffee when you wanted a latte. But an obviously talented cast brings to life a few tender and endearing moments.   

Third Quarter Moon

0 Comments · Saturday, June 2, 2012
The Twilight Saga has already provided plenty of opportunities for parody, and the bare-bones performance outfit, Ornamental Messiah from Newport, adds another to the list with their 60-minute production of Third Quarter Moon.  

Project Activate (Recommended)

1 Comment · Saturday, June 2, 2012
A performance based on social activism isn’t in and of itself very fringy. Lots of artists till that field in their works. But when a performance ambitiously asks audiences to participate in social experiments and does so in a strangely uplifting way, well, that’s utterly Fringe.