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by Rick Pender 05.31.2013
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Stage Door: Fringe Your Weekend

The 2013 Cincinnati Fringe is at its first weekend with almost two dozen shows available for you to attend over the weekend. Pick a few and take a chance — read the commentaries by CityBeat reviewers posted here, if you want the inside scoop on various productions. This is the 10th annual event, and it's become a big-time part of our local theater scene. You owe it to yourself to see some of these creative, odd, amusing, thoughtful pieces. And stop by Know Theatre's Underground Bar after 10 p.m. any evening to meet performers and talk with others who are enjoying the Fringe. It's a great way to get more perspectives.More 2013 Fringe coverage: • May 22 cover story: “Navigating the Novelties” • April 18 Curtain Call column: “Fringe Has Sprung” • Complete festival schedule  • Official Fringe Festival guide

Panorama Ephemera (Review)

0 Comments · Friday, May 31, 2013
 Panorama Ephemera offers no easy answers, but credit must be given for creating a wholly exclusive experience. If you choose to make this a part of your personal Fringe experience, however, be prepared for a cold, calculating question mark rather than a bold, loud exclamation point.  

Poe and Mathews: A Misadventure in the Middle of Nowhere (Review)

2 Comments · Friday, May 31, 2013
The actors and the show were absolutely at their best during unscripted moments — hearing the Coffee Emporium phone ring, accidentally hitting the ceiling fan above the stage, calling attention to the lack of off-stage space during the show — events that elicited the strongest laughs of the night.  

A.J. Raffles: Amateur Cracksman (Review)

0 Comments · Friday, May 31, 2013
 Playwright Andrew Hungerford had a solid foundation for his very silly 2013 Fringe show, A. J. Raffles: Amateur Cracksman. It was, in fact, a series of stories in the 1890s and a 1904 play (titled Raffles, The Amateur Cracksman). Victorian writer E. W. Hornung created the character somewhat in response to the work of his brother-in-law Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, whose Sherlock Holmes was all the rage.   

Maps (Review)

0 Comments · Thursday, May 30, 2013
Eight dancers perform on a bare stage at Know Theatre, backed by a large white projection screen on which simple animation (by Mam-Luft & Co.) plays out.  

MixTape (Review)

0 Comments · Thursday, May 30, 2013
This show's 100-percent family friendly content is a win-win for those looking for the theatrical equivalent of a cool glass of water on a hot summer Fringe night.  

And the Rand Played On... aka The Hell with Edutainment, Let’s Have Fun! (Review)

0 Comments · Thursday, May 30, 2013
As most good theatre is, And the Rand Played On... is a cautionary romp, and the mirror it holds up sets off alarms.  

CityBeat’s 2013 Fringe Festival Online Hub

Tenth annual Cincy Fringe Festival going strong in Over-the-Rhine

0 Comments · Thursday, May 30, 2013
Welcome to CityBeat’s 2013 Fringe Festival ongoing coverage. Find performance reviews, commentary and mad Tweets about the festivities.    

And All the Rest Is Junk Mail (Review)

0 Comments · Thursday, May 30, 2013
This spunky two-woman show explores communication of all kinds, as well as miscommunication, in a quirky, often farcical romp.  

Thou Shall Rot in Hell (Review)

0 Comments · Thursday, May 30, 2013
This show is engaging and, most importantly, funny — and it’s clear that teenage actor/playwright Zak Kelly is a talent on the rise.