Friday and Saturday are the final two days of performances from the Cincinnati Fringe. You can read reviews of all the shows at CityBeat's special Fringe blog site. But for your quick reference, here's a list of the shows that received "Critic's Picks" from one of our writers. (Those marked with * have finished their runs):
• Curriculum Vitae*
• Fire and Light
• Headscarf and the Angry Bitch*
• I Love You (We're Fucked)
• Melancholy Play*
• Miss Magnolia Beaumont Goes to Provincetown
• Peyote Business Lunch
• The Body Speaks (Movement)
• You Only Live Forever Once
Many of these shows' performances are completely sold out, so check in early or you might find yourself out in the cold (well, maybe out in the heat).
For your added guidance, two additional shows have been recommended by the Acclaim Award panelists, a separate set of theater experts who are evaluating productions: Darker and The VindleVoss Family Circus Spectacular. (They also recommended several of the CityBeat picks: Fire and Light, You Only Live Forever Once and closed shows Headscarf and Curriculum Vitae.)
One other good bet, while it's not a Fringe show, is also in the OTR neighborhood: An independent production of A Big Gay Wedding at Below Zero on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. It's an audience participation piece (in the same vein as Tony and Tina's Wedding), and apparently audiences have been having a blast — and shows have been nearly sold out. You can order yours by calling 513-621-2787 or online at www.cincinnatiarts.org.
Have a great weekend!