CityBeat - Fringe http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-196-1-fringe.html <![CDATA[Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake) and Authorial Intent - Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati Intern Company]]>

Both pieces, staged by directing intern Ben Raanan (the program is about 100 minutes), are well chosen pieces for the talented interns. I hope to see several of them remain in Cincinnati for subsequent onstage work.

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<![CDATA[Gentri-Fire (Critic's Pick) - The Dream Team (Cincinnati)]]>

Since there’s only one performance left of Gentri-Fire (Saturday, 7:30 p.m.), you might want to get a ticket soon. It’s a sometimes one-sided but energetic, magnetic and fierce look at the phenomenon of gentrification, showcasing spoken word artists.

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<![CDATA[Around Dark Matter - Mica Dvir (Tel-Aviv, Israel)]]>

Few 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.

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<![CDATA[An Unauthorized Autobiography of Benny Hill (Critic's Pick) - Four Humors Theater (Minneapolis)]]>

As this show’s contradictory title implies, it’s as if Benny Hill has turned his wicked if simple-minded comic eye on himself in a self-revelatory manner that’s entertaining and poignant.

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<![CDATA[Fotis Canyon (Critic's Pick) - Mike Fotis ]]>

Let’s get right to the point: Fotis Canyon is hilarious.


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<![CDATA[Traffick (Critic's Pick) - Pones Inc. (Cincinnati)]]>

Traffick is an ambitious and multi-disciplinary theatrical experience from director Kim Popa and her merry band of social change-agents-cum-dancers from Pones Inc.

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<![CDATA[The Legend of White Woman Creek (Critic's Pick) - The Coldharts (Brooklyn, N.Y.)]]>

In a narrow, dank room beneath MOTR Pub (seating about 60), you can take in a mournful, historically based ghost story told in song.

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<![CDATA[Ikelus - Next Step Productions/St. Xavier High School (Cincinnati)]]> Ikelus,” St. Xavier High School’s entry in the set of four Fringe Next productions presented at SCPA, has a title with Grecian overtones that high schoolers themselves no doubt link to a particular online game.]]> <![CDATA[I Hate My Job and Other Tales of Squandered Potential - FK Productions (Cleveland) ]]> Assuming the intentions of I Hate My Job and Other Tales of Squandered Potential are to reflect the weight of unending days of unfulfilling work, they succeed.

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<![CDATA[Papa Squat’s Store of Sorts (Critic's Pick) - Paul Strickland (Indianapolis)]]>

Opening night for Papa Squat’s Store of Sorts at the Coffee Emporium saw a full house, earthy coffee aroma (smells from home), an energetic crowd and an outstanding artistic effort by Paul Strickland. 

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<![CDATA[Where Edward Went (Critic's Pick) - Untethered Theatre (Cincinnati)]]>

At the beginning of Where Edward Went we meet Denny (Ben Dudley), a young man in the midst of filming a documentary, asking members of couples to tell him about falling in love.  

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<![CDATA[Blogging Behind Bars (Critic's Pick) - Unity Productions (Cincinnati)]]>

The mission of Unity Productions is to make a positive change through the arts, education and community service. Blogging Behind Bars fulfills that mission. It’s the story of Whitney Smith, a local kid who found himself imprisoned in maximum security, where he eventually took his own life.

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<![CDATA[A Brief History of Beer - Wish Experience (London, England)]]>

“This is a drink-along show,” it said on the video monitor in Know Theatre’s Underground Bar prior to this show by Wish Experience from the U.K. It continues, “You may wish to have more than one drink at the ready. You have been warned.”

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<![CDATA[Names - Highlands High School (Ft. Thomas, Ky.)]]>

Arienette, central character in the interest-compelling production Names, is a young girl beset by demons, not unlike a character in an old-fashioned story. But because this is not an old-fashioned story, her demons are figments of schizophrenia — every bit as hard to handle as the demons of old.

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<![CDATA[Short Attention Span Theatre - SAST (Tucson, Ariz.)]]>

The self-imposed challenge faced by Short Attention Span Theatre: 30 short shows performed in a maximum of 60 minutes. An appealing eight-member ensemble from Tucson tackles theater performance as a quasi-athletic completion. If they can accomplish the feat within an hour, the cast gets to munch on a bag of candy. If the hour timer goes off before the plays are completed, the audience gets to eat the candy.

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<![CDATA[HOT DAMN! It’s the Loveland Frog! (Critic's Pick) - Hugo West Theatricals (Cincinnati)]]>

Hot Damn! The creators of Don't Cross the Streams: The Cease and Desist Musical, the hilarious hit from the 2012 Cincy Fringe, are back with another entry. And the great news is that this show is even better.

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<![CDATA[The Ultimate Stimulus - Felipe Ossa (New York City)]]>

Remember all those statistics we heard a few years back about the vast disparity in the distribution of wealth in our country — and how the worst area of all could be found in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine?

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<![CDATA[Confessions of a Fatherless Daughter - Sluts & Cupcakes (Cincinnati)]]>

As the girls paced across the floor, their babble of voices filled the small space, gradually resolving into a single whispered word: strength. Confessions of a Fatherless Daughter, presented by Sluts & Cupcakes (students from SCPA), was a frank exploration into the power a father holds in defining his child’s worldview.

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<![CDATA[[Frankenstein] (Critic's Pick) - Alex Talks and Harper Lee (Cincinnati)]]>

The legacy of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein reverberates 200 years after its publication. The prescient tale of a scientist playing god has been reimaged to the point of saturation, but somehow [Frankenstein] by Alex Talks and Harper Lee manages to make it fresh.

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<![CDATA[Aquarian Exposition: A Trip Back to the Original Woodstock - SHARP Dance Company (Philadelphia)]]>

Cut to 1969, the Summer of Love and Woodstock. Well, almost. This Philadelphia dance company offers a modern homage to Woodstock or — according to the program notes — what the people listening to the concert might have been doing in the fields during those three days that defined an era.

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