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Review: The Gayer Show

0 Comments · Sunday, May 31, 2009
Perhaps the most striking thing about this performance is the juxtaposition of the two lives, gay men born 20 years apart. The two men don't interact, but they trade off speaking time, and their experiences comment on each other. The resulting synergy makes the whole greater than the sum of the parts.  

Review: 7 (x1) Samurai

0 Comments · Sunday, May 31, 2009
Go prepared to laugh with little letup. A single actor/athlete uses well-honed skills to both re-tell and lampoon Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 film, 'The Seven Samurai,' in which good prevails over evil but at great cost to both losers and winners.  

Review: Painted

0 Comments · Sunday, May 31, 2009
You might have seen similar artworks while strolling around Summerfair this weekend: a creative idea, an appealing palette, an artful frame. But an unfinished composition. In 'Painted,' six talented and likeable performers (most CCM students or recent grads) color one another, literally, with the experiences of a lifetime.  

Review: No Stranger Than Home

0 Comments · Sunday, May 31, 2009
There's just not a lot of opportunity to see one-person shows over the course of our local theatrical season, save for the Fringe. So while it's initially easy to walk away from 'No Stranger Than Home' and wish for something more dramatically interesting, more produced, there is something about the stripped down, uber-low budget presentation that hits home.  

Review: The Success Show

0 Comments · Sunday, May 31, 2009
Let's get it out of the way right now: 'The Success Show' succeeds. But then, staging a send-up of a business motivational seminar offers a wealth of material to choose from, and writer/director Michael Comstock does an 80/20 job of making it pay off.  

Preview: Call Me

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 26, 2009
DIY Productions, which last year provided a surprising self-conducted Over-the-Rhine tour with 'Inner: City,' has cooked up a new way to rattle your expectations. The Fringe and the OTR neighborhood itself are part of the package, which you can experience alone or with a friend or two.  

Review: Jacques Brel's Lonsesome Losers of the Night

0 Comments · Friday, May 29, 2009
This show was originally mounted in Chicago a year ago by a company called Theo Ubique; it was well received by audiences there. The Cincinnati production is staged by director Lyle Benjamin, under the auspices of his Queen City Off-Broadway company.  

Review: Where Drunk Men Go: A Poem With Music

0 Comments · Friday, May 29, 2009
This performance poem, written and delivered by regional bard Richard Hague and supported solidly by Michael Henson on guitar is, even by Fringe standards, a bare-bones affair. And that is as it should be. The two men take the small stage at the Coffee Emporium and, for 75 minutes, trade off in verse and song, evoking what it means to be a man devoted deeply to drink.  

Preview: It Might Be Okay

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 26, 2009
This CCM-based dance theater collective presents stories and physical imagery that reflect what it means to be young and alive in the United States in 2009.  

Review: It Might Be Okay

4 Comments · Thursday, May 28, 2009
The program establishes that the cast has developed a series of segments exploring the myth of being a young American in the present century. What's offered are stories you would expect from a collective of attractive college-age performers: the deaths of grandparents, the breakup of young-love relationships, acknowledgment of a parent’s wisdom, being made to look foolish in middle school.  

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