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A Fringe fix, some radioactivity, a lot of dancing — and previews of what's coming

Right now we’re about equidistant from the 2015 and the 2016 Fringe festivals. So let’s thanks the folks at Know Theatre, who are presenting a double-bill of “Fringe Encores” to keep us stoked. This weekend actually offers one encore plus a graduate from Know’s Serials! series. Occupational Hazards is about an office fling that becomes the subject of fan-fiction with wildly divergent storylines.Occupational Hazards The piece by Ben Dudley was a 2015 Fringe show. He’s also the writer of Cinderblock, about a guy (played by Dudley) whose windshield is smashed by a cult member. This mystery passes through an office party. Ben DudleyThe shows are being performed this weekend at Clifton Performance Theatre (404 Ludlow Ave., Gaslight Clifton): performances of Occupational Hazards are Friday at 8:45 p.m. and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Cinderblock, which, originally presented in five 15-minute episodes, has been pieced into a full-length version that will be presented on Friday evening at 7:30 and Saturday at 8:45. You can sit in on one piece for $15 or pay $25 for the pair either evening. Tickets: knowtheatre.com Mariemont Players, one of Cincinnati’s fine community theater groups, is presenting D. W. Gregory’s Radium Girls through Jan. 24. It’s inspired by a true story about women who painted radium numerals on glow-in-the-dark watches, unaware of the dangers of radioactivity. The play, described as being “written with warmth and humor,” is being presented at the Walton Creek Theater (4101 Walton Creek Rd., just east of Mariemont). Tickets ($20): 513-684-1236 or mariemontplayers.com One more weekend at the Aronoff Center for the highly entertaining touring production of Kinky Boots (through Sunday). A struggling shoe factory in Northampton, England, retools to avoid bankruptcy and unemployment. Rather than continuing to manufacture stodgy men’s shoes, they turn to high-fashion footwear for drag queens, promoted as “kinky boots.” It’s an unlikely tale that happens to be true, and it’s the vehicle for some outrageous humor, especially from Lola, an extrovert of a diva and her spectacularly clad and built “Angels,” a half-dozen drag queens who back up her act. Kinky Boots offers a meaningful message about tolerance and finding your own path, fleshed out with some entertaining dancing and fine singing. Tickets: 513-621-2787 The local theater scene picks up momentum next week when three shows open on Thursday and another on Friday. That evening the Covedale Center opens Neil Simon’s Chapter Two (through Feb. 14), a warm-hearted comedy about getting back into the dating game; Covington’s Carnegie offers a “lightly-staged” concert adaptation of The Wizard of Oz (through Jan. 31) with accompaniment by the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra; and Clifton Players stages The Realistic Joneses (through Feb. 7 at Clifton Performance Theatre), a comedy-drama about the secrets of next-door neighbors directed by local stage veteran Dale Hodges. On Friday evening, Cincinnati Shakespeare continues its five-year, chronological presentation of Shakespeare’s eight-play history cycle with Henry VI, Part I (through Feb. 13), the story of a young king who must rule after his father’s untimely death; Joan of Arc is a key character in this tale.  Life in the big city: Lots of choices. Rick Pender’s STAGE DOOR blog appears here every Friday. Find more theater reviews and feature stories here.

Tammy Faye's Final Audition (Critic's Pick)

0 Comments · Saturday, June 6, 2015
Critic's PickIt was not easy work being Tammy Faye Bakker. In Tammy Faye’s Final Audition performer Shelley Delaney, a theater professor at Ohio University, is a wholly believable Ta  

Love and Information (Critic's Pick)

0 Comments · Friday, June 5, 2015
Love and Information is unusual for a Fringe Festival, a work by major British playwright Caryl Churchill (Cloud Nine; Top Girls) that’s been produced by theaters in London and New York since 2011.   

Zombie-Logue (Critic's Pick)

0 Comments · Monday, June 1, 2015
Most people probably walk into Zombie-Logue expecting something different than what Hugo Theatrical West actually presents: a show about a zombie kvetching about zombie life? That sounds funny.  

Edgar Allan (Critic's Pick)

0 Comments · Friday, May 29, 2015
One of the pleasures of a Fringe Festival is being able to see interesting and original theatre that is so non-commercial that it otherwise might never see the light of day.   

Validate Me

0 Comments · Friday, May 29, 2015
The Art Academy Auditorium is not a particularly friendly space for theater, especially if the show requires audio-visual tech. New York City artist Carly Ann Filbin’s Validate Me suffered from disjointed audio tracks and distracting out-of-sync screen prompts.  


0 Comments · Friday, May 29, 2015
Nightmares are alive in the day as well as the night in this attention-compelling collaboration between two Cincinnati groups, the dance company Pones, Inc., and the theater company Queen City Flash.  

Prefer Not To Say (Critic's Pick)

0 Comments · Friday, May 29, 2015
The performers of Thought Plane Theatre are returning participants after winning the Cincy Fringe Founder’s Pick in 2013.  

Kiss Around Pass Around (Critic's Pick)

0 Comments · Friday, May 29, 2015
Are you human? Are you kind? Are you smart? These are the kinds of questions you will need to consider when you take in the utterly delightful Kiss Around Pass Around.   

The Hunger Artist

0 Comments · Friday, May 29, 2015
The Glorious Bomb Squad (Chicago) has dropped a slow detonating revision of Franz Kafka’s short story, The Hunger Artist, on this year’s Cincinnati Fringe.