I suppose if you saw it, you might say that Pulling off Procreation is a Fringe-esque meditation on celebrity and fame in a 24/7
“news” culture. You might also say, as I did via my review notes, “OH
MY GOD KILL ME NOW.”
This particular romp is by local playwright Alan Jozwiak and was
adapted from a short story he had published in a zombie quarterly.
Directed by Kevin Crowley and gamely acted by a cast of 10, including
a quintet of mainly high-school-aged zombies, it is beyond harmless
and moves toward the genuinely charming.
I’m not inclined to
give you more detail than the program notes about what is “in”
the show. Yes, indeed, there is mesmerizing mindreading, crazy
karaoke, ventriloquist figures, a soulful song (oh my god, it is
really, really soulful) and he does make out with a puppet. You also
learn the secret trick as to how you too can get a one-man show in
the Cincinnati Fringe.
You Will Have 25 Minutes To Complete This Essay is one of two teen-created shows in this year’s FringeNext category. Written and directed by Alexx Rouse, it is a happy breeze of a piece that plays against teen stereotypes by speaking directly to them and then surprising you again with odd little twists.
Female Desires is a collection of monologues expressing the desires, needs, challenges and fears of young women today. Written by Eliza Martin, the piece is organized into four quartets of interwoven stories, loosely connected to each other thematically.
Talk to the Hand is a support group, I mean theatrical work, by students from Ft. Thomas, Ky. (The production is one of three FringeNext works written, directed and performed by high school students.) This snappy satire, written by Jessica Ervin as a senior project at Highlands High School, brings the audience into the experience of attending a “friends and family” open meeting of LHPSGBCW.
The Color of Harmony kicked off the first-ever FringeNext series of shows. FringeNext is a new Fringe category that invites performances produced, created, and performed by high school students. It was presented in the black box theatre of the new School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) by the next generation of theatre artists.
The premiere of The First Book of the Bible was the first sold-out show of the 2011 Fringe. One of three entries in the new FringeNext category (works produced, created and performed by teens), this work by School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) seniors storms out of the gate with all the makings of a successful Fringe show.