Playwright Fernando Dovalina says 'The Comfort of Anger' is a work in progress, and he's right. It's not there yet. There are big and important topics explored, some of them relatively unexplored, and Fringe is a good place to air them. But perhaps not all at once.
Part of the fun of Fringe is the slapdash, on-the-fly sense of some productions. Often this is calculated, of course, a screen for serious theatrical smarts. But after several days of such fun and games, it's a pleasure to walk into a real theater with a generously furnished set waiting for action.
Photography is the artform that has most in common with comedian Rodney Dangerfield. Historically, it got no respect. Late-19th/early-20th-century Pictorialist photographers pushed the idea of photography-as-art, and the new Taft Museum exhibition plants their flag immediately with its title, 'Truth/Beauty,' echoing a phrase from poet John Keats' 'Ode on a Grecian Urn.'
Vivian Kline is a Class A name-dropper. The names she drops — Nicholas Longworth, P.T. Barnum and sister poets Alice and Phoebe Carey among them — have the satisfying clunk of historical import and might mean most to history buffs. Although, if you’re not, this is a good place to begin.
Sam Hollingsworth's collection of watercolors, 'Images Chasing Titles,' is now on display at Collector's Art Group downtown. Check out his surrealist take on ice cream, elephants and the Hokey Pokey through June 27.
We Fringe regulars have been at the Dayton Holiday Inn before. This time around Finite Number of Monkeys Productions, who gave us 'The Success Show' last year, reveals plans for a wonderfully wacky movie that will blend a sainted American musical with Bollywood production values and cultural aims. I hate to even tell you that its name will be 'Oklahomahatma.'
Is poetry just for English majors? 'Nevermore' says no, that playgoers can tune into iambic verse just fine. Although writer/director Amy Pettinella plays the feminine role in this two-character piece, she gives the best lines to her co-actor, Russell McGee. No surprise: He's playing Edgar Allan Poe, no stranger to good lines.
Amy Pettinella, playwright/director/ costar of 'Nevermore,' says Edgar Allan Poe's greatest mystery was his death. Researching Poe's life led her to writing this play about him and American writers in general.
Finite Number of Monkeys Productions
presents a send-up of esoteric approaches to theater arts (and probably
more) in 'Tantric Acting at the Holiday Inn,' also the fictional location for their successful 'The Success Show' in last year's Fringe.
What is it with trust when love, lust and Rock & Roll rule? Trust, presented
by the Ensemble Theatre Acting Intern Company, gives five actors strong
roles as their characters prepare for a wedding, flirt on the side, play music and generally behave badly.