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It’s a Wrap for the 2013 Cincy Fringe

0 Comments · Monday, June 10, 2013
Almost one-third of the 2013 Cincy Fringe Festival productions won some form of voted recognition, a testament to the high quality of shows this year.   

Confessions of a Cat Lady (with a side of crazy) (Review)

0 Comments · Saturday, June 8, 2013
Confessions of a Cat Lady is a high-speed Fringe experience — a weird, wild, very funny night of theater.  

Swimming in the Shallows (Review - Critic's Pick)

0 Comments · Saturday, June 8, 2013
The 2013 Fringe has provided a final showcase for a half-dozen talented performers to shine in their own light in a production of Adam Bock’s absurdist comedy.  
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Stage Door: Finishing Up Fringe

Two more days of the 2013 Cincy Fringe remain. In its 10th year, this year's festival has provided consistently high-quality offerings. If you're serious about the full range of theater, you owe it to yourself to catch a couple of them. I can't go into everything here, but you can check out my column from the current issue of CityBeat here or go straight to CityBeat's hub for web coverage where you can read coverage of all the shows, thanks to our dedicated corps of reviewers.One further recommendation: Make your way to Know Theatre after 10 p.m. on Saturday to mix and mingle with the lively crowd and be among the first to learn which shows have earned "Pick of the Fringe" honors. There's no charge for admission; buy a drink or two and tip the bartenders generously. This is a volunteer-driven event, so you might also say thanks to anyone wearing a volunteer T-shirt. Even as the Fringe sails off into the sunset, there's still plenty of theater onstage locally. For instance, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company opens its revival of its hit from last summer, The Hound of the Baskervilles. (Find CityBeat's review of last summer's CSC production here.) A three-man cast plays all the characters in a very funny take on the classic Sherlock Holmes tale. The actors, a trio of Cincy Shakes' best (Jeremy Dubin, Nicholas Rose and Brent Vimtrup), have been staged by the always inventive Michael Evan Haney, the Cincinnati Playhouse's associate artistic director and perhaps our finest local stage director, who manages to squeeze every possible ounce of entertainment from this hilarious script. The show had a sold-out run last July, and you can expect a similar response this month; the run continues through June 30. Tickets: 513-381-2273, x1. Another option: Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, at Falcon Theater in Newport. It's a funny script by Mitch Albom (the author of Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet In Heaven) about two bumbling Alabama duck hunters who think they’ve shot an angel. The story lands in a New York tabloid and explodes from there. Through June 15. Tickets: 513-479-6783. For something more serious, I suggest Showbiz Players production of Spring Awakening at the Carnegie in Covington, the winner of eight Tony Awards (including best musical). It's a tale of teen angst and emerging sexuality, a powerful piece with a driving Rock score. Onstage through June 8. Tickets: 859-957-1940. And there's still time to catch Shipwrecked! on the Playhouse's Shelterhouse stage (through June 16). It's a fantastic and family-friendly tale about adventure and storytelling, told imaginatively using three actors and a lot of clever sound effects and adaptation of everyday things to create exotic settings and dangerous moments, rescued by heroism or happenstance. (CityBeat review here.) A good show for the whole family. Tickets: 513-421-3888 Finally, a reminder: The Tony Awards, recognizing Broadway's best shows, will be be broadcast on Sunday evening on CBS, starting at 8 p.m., hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.
 
 

Telephone: A Prequel to a Love Story (Review - Critic's Pick)

1 Comment · Monday, June 3, 2013
This smart, quick-moving, three-person show pulls in video to advance the plot and underline what's going on and frequently makes sly fun of theatrical conventions.  

The Wave (Review - Critic's Pick)

0 Comments · Friday, May 31, 2013
 A note in the program says that Ron “wanted to deter his students from the allure of totalitarianism.” My impression is that explanation was merely an excuse he gave one student’s parent. Whatever Ron’s original pedagogical motives were, those motives dissolve with his innocence as he takes on the lascivious appeal of power.  

Dirk Darrow: NCSSI (Review - Critic's Pick)

0 Comments · Friday, May 31, 2013
Darrow’s gumshoe detective story goes like this: He is a fedora-wearing, gun-toting man in love with the wrong kind of dame. Man is murdered (bum, bum, bum!) and with magic tricks, mentalism and plenty of help from game audience members he solves the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY of the crime.   

The Elephant in My Closet (Review - Critic's Pick)

0 Comments · Saturday, June 1, 2013
The 2013 Fringe offering from New York City’s Keeping Watch company chronicles David Lee Nelson’s journey to arrive at the moment he comes out to his father as a Democrat.   

Ain’t True and Uncle False (Review)

0 Comments · Saturday, June 1, 2013
Comedian, storyteller and musician Paul Strickland from Indianapolis does something clever with this one-man show: He applies the tropes and archetypes of the ancient oral storyteller to mythologize trailer parks.   

Butcher Holler Here We Come (Review)

0 Comments · Monday, June 3, 2013
Brooklyn-based Aztec Economy’s production provides an intense, funny, scary, dark experience for a little over an hour regarding the effects of a cave collapse on five coal miners.   

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