topics are heavier or demand as much delicacy as the Holocaust, an event so fraught with grief and evil that it can be
difficult to tell whether individuals and organizations centering their work here
seek to mourn the past or capitalize on the tragedy to further current agendas.
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.
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.
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.