Chicago-based artist and speaker Rebecca Kling, a transgender woman,
delivers some factual and personal answers as she earnestly covers a
range of trans- and sex-related topics in her one-woman Fringe show,
Storms Beneath Her Skin.
an age when social media promotes the notion of conversation over
professionally prepared content, this type of show is definitely in
step with the times, but it fails to recognize that a strong guiding
hand and ready wit are needed to pull off this kind of daring
Watching Howard Petrick
perform his self-written, autobiographical, one-man show, Breaking
Rank! was a bit of a time-machine trip for me. Petrick is just a
few years older than I, and his cultural frame of reference —
growing up in the 1960s and resisting American aggression in
Southeast Asia — was very much the same as mine.
the opening moment of Grim
presented by Wonderheads, a two-person troupe from Portland, Ore.,
you know this is going to be something special. A lone figure slinks
on stage to the strains of Mozart’s Requiem,
carrying a black letter. His movements are precise, with the intense
comical elegance you get from the best of the old Warner Brothers
Steven Strafford is one
hell of a performer. But his young adult life as a promiscuous, gay,
crystal meth addict was one hell of a mess. He courageously and
humorously lays it all out in Methtacular, a monologue of 80
entertaining and unpredictable minutes.
With imaginative but
rudimentary costumes and minimal sets and props, the ensemble cast of
The Sweet, Burning Yonder, directed by Michael Burnham,
brought John Ray’s often poetic, streaming language to vivid life
in its opening performance.
There’s a rift between Joe and Hannah, the couple at the epicenter of New Edgecliff Theatre’s Fringe piece, Quake: A Closet Love Story, by Tyler Olson. Once upon a time, the two were married and in love. But recently, they’ve split.
Tommy Nugent is a
familiar Cincinnati Fringe performer: Starting in 2007, he’s been
here with Tommy Nugent’s The Show and Tommy Nugent’s
Burning Man Redux. He’s a monologist grounded in public
speaking — not exactly a theater guy, but someone who’s totally
comfortable in front of an audience. Although in the program for this
year’s Fringe offering, American Badass in Cincy, he writes,
“I’m no longer compelled to put my name in every show title,”
his subject matter is focused completely on … Tommy Nugent.
Female Desires is a collection of monologues expressing the desires, needs, challenges and fears of young women today. Written by Eliza Martin, the piece is organized into four quartets of interwoven stories, loosely connected to each other thematically.