The Body Language concept is to interview people about how they view their bodies, then turn their insights into a telling pastiche that amuses and informs and hits us where we might not know we hurt. In the current show, they've gone back to high school, when bodies are presumably about at peak, and found a mass of conflicting responses.
If you could play a guitar with a jackhammer, Ed Hamell would do it. As it is, he comes so close to "Abuse of an Instrument" that the music police would get him if he weren't searingly funny and, treating the language with no more respect than his guitar, profanely eloquent.
This 80-minute riff on an actual dinner engagement between the cigar-wielding Groucho Marx and the modernist poet T.S. Eliot deserves credit for its promising concept and daunting display of cultural erudition. But it falls short of its intriguing premise.
I expected this show to be laugh-out-loud funny, and it was funny. But, more than that, it was smart. Like really smart. The company and Cincy Fringe organizers didn't play up that aspect of the show. Might it scare off the masses?
At 100 minutes, 'Free at Last/Land of Confusion/The Good, The Bad and The Evil: Angels vs. Demons' is at least 60 repetitive, mind-numbing, ear-assaulting minutes too long. It seeks to weld dance, poetry, music, sound and images together into salient social commentary.
CCM professor of drama k. Jenny Jones and a group of students have created their own modern-day Aesop's fable as a Fringe entertainment and an amusing morality lesson. Much of their production at Know Theatre is exercises in actorly invention, and most of the 45 minutes are very entertaining.
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.
You need to strap on a backpack with some snacks and a water bottle and head to Over-the-Rhine for the sixth annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival. Fringe veterans know that the best way to enjoy this 12-day celebration of things theatrical and artistic is to come back again and again and see as much as possible.
Some people use work to escape the challenges of their daily grind, but Ed Hamell doesn't have that option. His job as an itinerant guerilla Folksinger entails encapsulating the planet's social, cultural, political and personal ills into bitter musical pills which he jams into his listeners' ears with a black Gibson acoustic.
In 'Travel,' Jeremy Millsaps' feet never touch the ground. "I just focus on what's in my hand," whether it's a hoop, trapeze or length of silk (fabric burns, not falls, are his chief occupational hazard).