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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.