Knots, this year’s
Fringe submission from Cincinnati’s Essex Theatre Arts Studio, has
good, even sweet, intentions: five 10-minute plays by Phil Paradis,
each trying to untangle love. The production’s weak writing and
flat, uninspired staging sours the experience of a piece that should
have been frothy, warm, and kind of tingly — day-old coffee when
you wanted a latte. But an obviously talented cast brings to life a
few tender and endearing moments.