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The Understudy (Review)

Comedy about theater world packs the Shelterhouse with love and hate

0 Comments · Monday, September 27, 2010
Somewhere in playwright Theresa Rebeck's past there must have been a 420-too-friendly techie who smoked up the booth, a big-name hack who got the plum job and a lover who walked out without a word. Or maybe these professional disasters and personal heartbreaks, captured so hilariously and affectingly in the Cincinnati native's 'The Understudy,' are simply the products of Rebeck's rich imagination. Either way, the comedy has a ring of authenticity that anyone who's ever acted (onstage or in life) should appreciate.  

Onstage: Much Ado About Nothing at Cincy Shakespeare

0 Comments · Thursday, September 16, 2010
There are unlikely pairings in Cincinnati Shakespeare's 1960s-flavored 'Much Ado About Nothing.' Chief among them is the romance between Beatrice and Benedick, competing wits whose friends trick them into realizing they're perfect for each other. That match-up triumphs here just as it should, thanks to playful performances by Bruce Cromer as Shakespeare's most determined bachelor and Sherman Fracher as his hostile leading lady. Extended through Oct. 2.  

Much Ado About Nothing (Review)

More than love is needed in Cincy Shakes' season-opener

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 7, 2010
There are two unlikely pairings in Cincinnati Shakespeare's 1960s-flavored 'Much Ado About Nothing.' First is the romance between Beatrice and Benedick, competing wits whose friends trick them into realizing they're perfect for each other. Still more audacious is director Drew Fracher's attempt to marry this well-mannered comedy with the acid-tinged, free-love vibe of a hippie commune.  

Salem! The Musical

2 Comments · Monday, June 7, 2010
Hanging somewhere in the theatrical ether, ripe as a preteen suicide in a colonial barn loft, is a hysterical musical parody of the Salem witch trials. This be not it.   

The Finkles' Theater Show

1 Comments · Friday, June 4, 2010
This gleeful hour of stage calamities conceived by Minneapolis-based partners Ryan Lear and Rachel Petrie could become the breakout hit of the 2010 Cincy Fringe. Cleverly constructed, sharply written and hilariously performed, it's a simultaneous celebration and lampoon of all that is sacred and silly in the histrionic realm.  

A Brief History of Petty Crime

1 Comments · Thursday, June 3, 2010
A pack of gum, a can of grapefruit juice, a pair of baby booties hand-knitted by Granny — these are the modest spoils of Jimmy Hogg's one-man performance, one of four Cincy Fringe solo shows assigned to the small platform stage at Media Bridges. The unassuming title, no-frills setting and even the rumbling Race Street traffic all serve Hogg well.  

A Brief History of Petty Crime

Media Bridges: June 2, 4, 5, 7 and 8

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Mostly, Jimmy Hogg blames his dad. "He was kind of a cheapskate. He'd sneak into the circus or the zoo if he could get away with it," says Hogg, explaining how a nice lad from southwest England became a juvenile delinquent.  

The Finkles' Theater Show

Know Theatre: June 3, 5, 7, 11 and 12

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 26, 2010
For Christmas 2008, Minnesota-based actors Ryan Lear and Rachel Petrie sent loved ones an oddly festive portrait in glitter-bomb envelopes. "We set up a camera in our living room and started pulling stuff out of this costume trunk," Lear says.  

A Short Lecture of a Different Time

Media Bridges: June 4, 6, 8, 11 and 12

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Karim Muasher says there's a reason why we've never heard of the Oldverse: "You weren't there." Fair enough. And because this otherworld existed before the Big Bang, "there is no visible evidence." A member of last year's Fringe favorites Giant Bird, Muasher is flying solo this year.  

Salem! The Musical

Below Zero: June 5, 6 and 8

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 26, 2010
New Englander Elise Dubois thought she knew everything about the Salem witch trials until research began for an all-female musical parody. The result: a tuneful, twinge-worthy attack on all things puritan.