Sixth Annual Cincy Fringe Festival Takes Flight

Provides everyone with a shot of experimental adrenaline

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The Cincy Fringe Festival soon kicks off its sixth annual celebration of offbeat theater and other art forms. Not every city has a Fringe Festival, and occasionally people ask why we have one. The quick response is similar to the one sometimes offered as to why a city needs an alternative newsweekly like CityBeat: A conservative, buttoned-down place needs events and media that shake things up, that give us a new perspective on things.  

Preview: Guns and Chickens

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 26, 2009
CCM acting professor k. Jenny Jones and 20 of her students have put together a good old-fashioned story, a multi-cultural re-imagining of the Everyman morality epic.   

Fringe Festival Loosens Us Up

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2009
If Greater Cincinnati is a conservative region filled with tight-ass people, the Cincy Fringe Festival is a laxative. It loosens us up, gets things moving a little better and smoother. Maybe the Fringe Festival is fiber in our otherwise meat-and-potatoes cultural diet. The annual event helps balance out the rest of our stodgy, by-the-book year.  

Vigils (Review)

Know Theatre offers poignant, funny memory play about death

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Is Know Theatre obsessed with death? Following a production of Sarah Ruhl's 'Eurydice,' about a songwriter who tries to retrieve his beloved bride from the Underworld, the Over-the- Rhine theater is now presenting Noah Haidle's 'Vigils,' about a widow who keeps the soul of her dead husband, a firefighter, imprisoned in a trunk.   

Eurydice (Review)

Know Theatre's production is poetic and evocative

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Sarah Ruhl's script and Know's production, inventively and fluidly directed by Jason Bruffy, make this telling of the sad tale of Orpheus and Eurydice, with its roots in ancient Greece, more profound. It's not merely about the loss of a passionate love: 'Eurydice' becomes an exploration of the many forms of love and connection, especially between a father and a daughter.   

I Love You Because (Review)

Know Theatre's latest is enjoyably predictable

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 21, 2009
If you don't know the Jane Austen novel 'Pride and Prejudice,' fear not: You've heard this story befor — breakups, rebounds and opposites attracting. Meticulous greeting-card writer Austin (Fang Du) and his slovenly but good-natured brother Jeff (Daniel S. Hines) share an apartment. When Austins long-term girlfriend cuts him loose, Jeff crassly advises testing the waters.  

A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant (Review)

Know Theatre's new holiday show is deadpan and satirical

2 Comments · Wednesday, December 3, 2008
It's the time of year when theater companies present shows that veer from their routine fare in hopes of selling lots of tickets to fund subsequent productions more aligned with their mission. Know Theatre presents a tongue-in-cheek, 50-minute musical telling the story of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and the fundamental precepts of his church as interpreted by kids doing a reverent holiday skit. It's deadpan and satirical ... and also a tad mystifying.   

Militant Language (Review)

In a senseless conflict, soldiers descend into personal versions

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Know Theatre of Cincinnati makes a habit of pushing boundaries. The company often stages unfamiliar plays, scripts about topics sometimes tough to discuss. Such productions might not be best-sellers in a particular theater season, but they are important catalysts for essential conversations.  

Reefer Madness: The Musical (Review)

1 Comment · Thursday, September 25, 2008
When Reefer Madness: The Musical is cooking, it cooks. Know Theatre is kick-starting its season with a rowdy, just-for-the-hell-of-it musical that decries (wink, wink) the evils of smoking marijuana. Review by Tom McElfresh. 8 p.m. tonight.