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
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.