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Free Theater at Know — You’re Welcome!

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
You read that headline correctly. The outside-the-box thinkers at Know Theatre, the offbeat company that presents the Fringe Festival every June and other mind-expanding performances year-round, has a new idea. Led by new artistic director Andrew Hungerford, this initiative is called “The Welcome Experiment.”   

Another Fringe Makes Crazy History

0 Comments · Monday, June 9, 2014
The Cincinnati Fringe had its finale on Saturday evening in a chaotic round of thanks and kudos at Know Theatre. If you’ve never attended but want to know what it’s like, I’d compare the party to a tumultuous Saturday morning at Findlay Market.  

Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake) and Authorial Intent

Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati Intern Company

0 Comments · Friday, June 6, 2014
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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Stage Door: Wrapping up Fringe

Just two more days of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, so here are a few recommendations for great shows you can still catch. (Look for reviews of these performances on CityBeat's Fringe page here.) Many Fringe performances are sold-out, so check in advance to be sure seats are still available: cincyfringe.com. I was very impressed by Christine Dye's moving performance in Kevin Crowley's one-woman show, Sarge, about a woman whose husband is accused of child molestation. It's final offering is tonight at 7 p.m. Four Humors' An Unauthorized Autobiography of Benny Hill epitomizes the off-kilter nature of the Fringe, a piece that's funny and poignant. Last chance to see it is Saturday at 8:45 p.m. If you like storytelling, you can catch two of those on Saturday evening: Mike Fotis's Fotis Canyon (7 p.m.) and Paul Strickland's Papa Squat's Store of Sorts (9 p.m.) You might also want to check out the intern showcase at Ensemble Theatre, which just opened on Thursday evening; performances Friday (7:45 p.m.) and Saturday (1 and 7 p.m.). It includes some fine acting in some unusual scripts. True Theatre is offers another Fringe iteration featuring its own brand of revelatory truth-telling, featuring several Fringe artists providing back stories about their careers and experiences. That's at 9 p.m. tonight at Coffee Emporium.  If your taste is for more traditional — but equally entertaining — theater, head to Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's production of Noël Coward's Private Lives, a witty comedy classic from 1930. A formerly married couple find themselves on honeymoons with new spouses, but in close proximity to one another. Trouble ensues. Four of Cincy Shakes best actors — Kelly Mengelkoch, Jeremy Dubin, Sara Clark and Brent Vimtrup — constitute the cast. It opens tonight and continues through June 29. Tickets ($22-$31): 513-381-2273, x1. Finally, whether or not you're a fan of garage sales, you might be interested in what's happening on Saturday morning, 8 a.m. to noon, at the Cincinnati Playhouse's Scenery Shop (2827 Gilbert Ave., Walnut Hills, across from Thomson-MacConnell Cadillac): It's the regional theater's annual sale of props, furniture, dresses and more. If you're a regular at the Playhouse, you might recognize items from productions of A Delicate Ship, The Trip to Bountiful, Thunder Knocking on the Door, As You Like It and more. You'll have your choice of lots of miscellaneous items like china and glassware, dining chairs, tables and desks, area rugs, a bathtub and even a "concrete cherub planter." There's also a collection of 20th-century "day dresses," along with some formal gowns and fabric yardage. Prices are cheap; payment must be by cash or check. All items are sold "as is." 
 
 

Gentri-Fire (Critic's Pick)

The Dream Team (Cincinnati)

0 Comments · Thursday, June 5, 2014
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.  

Sarge (Critic's Pick)

Clifton Performance Theatre (Cincinnati)

0 Comments · Friday, May 30, 2014
Sarge is a one-woman show written by Cincinnati-based actor, writer and director Kevin Crowley featuring Christine Dye. In three short vignettes, Crowley imagines the life of Dottie Sandusky, aka “Sarge,” the wife of Penn State’s assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky around the time he was indicted for multiple counts of child molestation.   

Traffick (Critic's Pick)

Pones Inc. (Cincinnati)

0 Comments · Sunday, June 1, 2014
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.  

Fotis Canyon (Critic's Pick)

Mike Fotis

0 Comments · Sunday, June 1, 2014
Let’s get right to the point: Fotis Canyon is hilarious.  

[Frankenstein] (Critic's Pick)

Alex Talks and Harper Lee (Cincinnati)

0 Comments · Friday, May 30, 2014
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.   

HOT DAMN! It’s the Loveland Frog! (Critic's Pick)

Hugo West Theatricals (Cincinnati)

0 Comments · Friday, May 30, 2014
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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