Pillow probably already knows that she’s going to have a tough time
making you feel sorry for her when she takes the stage for her solo
show at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Having spent the early part of
her career as a runway model in New York, she bears a fine
resemblance to Julia Roberts with Halle Berry’s complexion, and
it’s that issue of racial identity that fuels the better part of
this personal history and emotional travelogue.
you’re concerned about seeing modern dance and not “getting it,”
fear not. Pas de Monkéy Dance Project from Akron wants to keep dance
accessible — friendly, even. The young company affiliated with the
University of Akron might be gaining the training and the chops for
serious dance, but they don’t take themselves too seriously.
Radio drama was a
distinct art form in the middle of the 20th century, and
Tanya O’Debra’s Fringe show, Radio Star, evokes
that evocative mode of storytelling, complete with sound effects,
with a distinctly modern filter.
Kevin J. Thornton tells stories from his life with great
humor, constantly connecting with the audience and responding to
their hilarity at his outlandish tales of gay life and adolescent
sex. He breaks things up with musical interludes, playing his
grandfather’s acoustic guitar with an electric pick-up and singing
Pop tunes that illustrate or reflect some of his themes. (He opened
the evening with Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark.”)
performance based on social activism isn’t in and of itself very
fringy. Lots of artists till that field in their works. But when a
performance ambitiously asks audiences to participate in social
experiments and does so in a strangely uplifting way, well, that’s
Saga has already provided plenty of opportunities for parody, and the
bare-bones performance outfit, Ornamental Messiah from Newport, adds
another to the list with their 60-minute production of Third
Knots, this year’s
Fringe submission from Cincinnati’s Essex Theatre Arts Studio, has
good, even sweet, intentions: five 10-minute plays by Phil Paradis,
each trying to untangle love. The production’s weak writing and
flat, uninspired staging sours the experience of a piece that should
have been frothy, warm, and kind of tingly — day-old coffee when
you wanted a latte. But an obviously talented cast brings to life a
few tender and endearing moments.
you’ve had it up to here with Love Thy Neighbor, this is the show
for you. A Hands On Guide to the Apocalypse arrives just in
time, since 2012 — as we’re being frequently reminded — is the
year the Mayans tagged for the end of the world.
This particular romp is by local playwright Alan Jozwiak and was
adapted from a short story he had published in a zombie quarterly.
Directed by Kevin Crowley and gamely acted by a cast of 10, including
a quintet of mainly high-school-aged zombies, it is beyond harmless
and moves toward the genuinely charming.
you’re easily offended, this is not the show for you. If you
aren’t, just park your PC-ness at the door. The opening-night
audience members appeared to enjoy the improv comedy antics and
colorful songs … and the quick-turn insults. I’m talking about
the aptly titled The
Screw You Revue,
courtesy of Screw You Entertainment from Naples, Fla.