The best theater is honest and real, and that's what True Theatre is setting out to offer via four evenings of "true stories told by real people" beginning tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Know Theatre and continuing into next summer. One theater acquaintance told me this program is inspired by the Moth Theatre in New York City (which offers podcasts of people telling true stories without notes or a script). But this new venture in Cincinnati is about sharing stories and building community under the banner of Know's "Jackson Street Market," a venture to provide a friendly venue for "artistic entrepreneurs," people like Jeff Groh and Dave Levy, True's creators and organizers.
The first of four evenings for the current theater season is tonight: True Fear (hey, it's Halloween next weekend), featuring stories from five people about how fear has shaped their lives — like living with a schizophrenic father, facing a few months left to live, surviving a double lung transplant and maybe dealing with stage fright. Subsequent evenings/themes take place in January (beginnings), April (foolishness) and July (independence). Tickets are $15 (or get the whole series for $48). Buy tickets here.