by Rick Pender
Posted In: Theater
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If you haven't found a couple of 2014 Cincinnati Fringe show
that you're dying to see this weekend, you need to go to CityBeat's
Fringe hub for some
recommendations — including reviews of early performances of all 30-plus shows. But if you're still coming up short, there are more choices
from area theaters.
If it's fun you're seeking, you might want to stop by the
Carnegie in Covington, where Showbiz Players is presenting Spamalot.
It opens tonight and runs through June 8. You probably know that this very
amusing musical (it won three 2005 Tony Awards, including best musical) is
"lovingly ripped off" from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. If
you can repeat lines from that 1975 cult hit, then this is surely the show for
you. Tickets ($21.50-$24.50): 859-957-1940
Although it's not part of the Fringe, Marc Bamuthi Joseph's red,
black & GREEN: a blues surely could be. The hybrid performance
work leads audiences through four seasons in four cities: summer in Chicago,
fall in Houston, winter in Harlem and spring in Oakland. Memories,
hallucinations, dreams and lamentations are set in shotgun houses and subway
cars, on park benches and in father-son conversations. I haven't seen it, but
people I know have raved about the power of the work, which ranges from
hilarious to poignantly sad. Joseph is a spoken-word poet, and his work is
meant to be a conversation starter about sustainability and community building.
It's being presented on Friday and Saturday evening by the Contemporary Arts
Center at the Aronoff's Jarson-Kaplan Theater. Tickets ($18 for CAC members,
$23 for everyone else): 513-621-2787
This is the final weekend for The North Pool
at the Cincinnati Playhouse. (CityBeat review here.) Rajiv Joseph's anxiety-filled drama is a sparring match
between a hard-nosed vice principal who thinks he knows something and a
student, the son of Middle Eastern immigrants, who has things he wants to keep
to himself — but it's not what the school official thinks. In fact, they both
have secrets that are slowly, painfully revealed. Great script, great actors.
This one is definitely worth catching. Tickets ($25 for students; $30-$75 for
by Hannah McCartney
Posted In: Theater
at 03:41 PM | Permalink
Support local drama students and see a range of original works
Think Cincinnati Fringe Festival goes to college. This weekend, drama students from University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music will strut their stuff as they create and execute every aspect of producing a play. The fourth annual Transmigration festival will feature five 30 minute works covering a spectrum of thought-provoking, creative topics. One, Booth, retells the tale of the Lincoln assassination; another, forget me not, tells the story of a 20-year-old woman with struggling to reconcile adulthood with her lust for imagination. Watch America melt down in Y2012K, see a modern take on Dickens' A Christmas Carol in The Eddie Shanahan Show or see a mystery unfold in Knock Knock, a Clue-like mystery demonstrating that every story holds two sides. It's your choice; see one, see four. Attending the fest is not only a way to support your local arts scene — watch the creativity and talent unfold of some of Cincinnati's brightest young thespians. The performances are free, but reservations are required. Call the CCM Box Office at 513-557-4183. Performances will be scattered throughout the Corbett Center for Performing Arts. Click here for more information about Transmigration.
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2009
If Greater Cincinnati is a conservative region filled with tight-ass people, the Cincy Fringe Festival is a laxative. It loosens us up, gets things moving a little better and smoother. Maybe the Fringe Festival is fiber in our otherwise meat-and-potatoes cultural diet. The annual event helps balance out the rest of our stodgy, by-the-book year.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Two weeks ago I wrote with enthusiasm about the 2009 Cincinnati Fringe Festival, the sixth consecutive year for this vibrant burst of edgy theater, film and visual art. I called it “creative and distracting … in these troubled times” and asked, “Is it May yet?”