What should I be doing instead of this?

Salem! The Musical

2 Comments · Monday, June 7, 2010
Hanging somewhere in the theatrical ether, ripe as a preteen suicide in a colonial barn loft, is a hysterical musical parody of the Salem witch trials. This be not it.   

The Global Lovers

10 Comments · Saturday, June 5, 2010
In a program statement e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, the director of local poet Rhonda Pettit's 'The Global Lovers,' has written: "I wanted to create a visually compelling, sensory bombastic performance that didn't pull punches." My ever reliable Webster's Dictionary defines "bombastic" as "given to bombast" and "bombast" as "pretentious inflated speech or writing." Bingo!   


1 Comment · Sunday, June 6, 2010
"There's a lot of different ways to tell his story. Here's how I tell it." I felt like a kid again, sitting around a campfire with someone spinning scary stories, one on top of the other. That's what 'Harold' is all about, the third iteration of excellent Fringe shows from Four Humors Theater.  

Sophie’s Dream

2 Comments · Sunday, June 6, 2010
There is no question that Serenity Fisher has a staggering amount of talent: She plays magnificently, sings well, writes smoothly in rhyme and coins clever inversions of phrases. But this is a poorly formed and indulgent exercise that, like a Stradivarius with only one string, plays the same light note throughout.   

The Water Draft

2 Comments · Sunday, June 6, 2010
The Cincy Fringe Festival is an appropriate venue to raise questions about how Cincinnati or any city is managed because a lot of the people watching are likely to be sympathetic. But I also want the Fringe performances I see to be entertaining or engaging, and I'm sorry to say that 'The Water Draft,' a work by veteran avant garde artists Michael Burnham (theater) and Barbara Wolf (film), failed to entertain or engage me.   

Tantric Acting at the Holiday Inn

2 Comments · Saturday, June 5, 2010
We Fringe regulars have been at the Dayton Holiday Inn before. This time around Finite Number of Monkeys Productions, who gave us 'The Success Show' last year, reveals plans for a wonderfully wacky movie that will blend a sainted American musical with Bollywood production values and cultural aims. I hate to even tell you that its name will be 'Oklahomahatma.'   

A Night of Well-Adjusted Ladies

1 Comment · Saturday, June 5, 2010
After seven years, people who still don't totally understand what the Cincy Fringe Festival is all about should make plans to see this perfect example of what's right and fun about Fringe theater. Pound for pound, I'm not sure you can find a more accessible, charming and pee-in-your-pants-funny show this week.   

Safety in Numbers

1 Comment · Saturday, June 5, 2010
If movement serves as language, then the Space Movement Project, a Chicago-based modern dance collective, displays fluency in its Cincy Fringe debut. The six women dance a lot throughout the piece, and their movement vocabulary proved extensive; I recall only a few recurring motifs.   

Fringe Binge

Fringe Festival again offers loads of 'explosive and experimental' entertainment

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 26, 2010
It's time again for the annual Cincy Fringe Festival, a 12-day celebration of theater, art, music, film and more. The seventh annual Fringe, again organized by Know Theatre of Cincinnati, offers 30 productions in multiple venues through June 12.  

A Short Lecture of a Different Time

0 Comments · Saturday, June 5, 2010
A year ago Karim Muasher was part of the group Giant Bird that came to the 2009 Cincy Fringe to tell the story of the 'Empire of Feathers,' a mythic world in which a quest was undertaken to find a rare bird. This time around, he's back in a solo piece to tell a "spoken-word, multi-media bedtime story" set in a more elemental, mythic world illustrated by crude Nintendo graphics and electronic audio effects.