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
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.
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.
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