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Fringe 2015 Wrap Up

What a delightful last two weeks I’ve had.  No, really.  This is the first year I’ve really done Fringe right.  Last year I was too overwhelmed with all the choices, all the shows, and wasn’t prepared for the energy it takes to work all day and Fringe all night. But I had a plan this…

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FRINGE REVIEW: Love and Information

Caryl Churchill’s play, LOVE AND INFORMATION, is really just a bunch of short scenes linked by a central theme – either love or information – and sometimes both.  Frankly, this isn’t my kind of show.  I want a story; a beginning, middle, and end and that’s not to be found here.  With that said, I…

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FRINGE REVIEW: Tales Too Tall For Trailers

Paul Strickland is a gem.  His uncanny storytelling ability is something to behold; he’s a brilliant writer, beyond clever, and engaging on stage.  For the last two years, he’s performed solo at the Cincinnati Fringe. This year, he’s brought along a partner, Erika Kate MacDonald, to assist.  They sing well together, have a familiar rapport,…

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FRINGE REVIEW: Fixate

A compelling new actor. A sharp, driven writer. A brilliant veteran actress. Inventive staging in the round. All of it adds up to another successful production from Unity Productions out of Cincinnati. FIXATE by Jon Kovach is everything we’ve come to expect; witty-not-preachy social responsibility, smart humor, and a professionalism to the entire package that is…

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FRINGE REVIEW: Occupational Pleasures

OCCUPATIONAL PLEASURES is by far one of the funniest Fringe shows of the year.  Written by local playwright and comedian, Ben Dudley, this office-based comedy is the story of what happens when bored co-workers start writing fan fiction about a secret office romance.  It’s a hilarious premise and it pays off in spades.  (And features…

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FRINGE REVIEW: Cincinnati King

KJ Sanchez’s CINCINNATI KING is now in the second draft phase or so – and the folks at Washington Park were treated to a staged reading by some of the finest actors in Cincinnati. For free. Brian Isaac Phillips, Kevin Crowley, Michael Bath, Piper Davis, Burgess Bird, Regina Pugh, Curtis D. Shepard, Kenneth Early, and…

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REVIEW: I Love Lucy

When I was a boy, my step father ordered “I Love Lucy” on VHS through the Time/Life series. Each tape contained two episodes, I think, and the first one was the famous chocolate factory episode where Lucy and Ethel can’t keep up with the speed of the chocolate conveyor belt. It was hilarious and we watched…

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FRINGE REVIEW: Shirtzencockle

Where do we start with SHIRTZENCOCKLE? These Fringe veterans – the Performance Gallery – sort of embody the spirit of Fringe’s avant garde style and flair. I didn’t get it, really, but I’m not sure there is a lot to get with this mishmashed fairy tale. An original piece composed by the Ensemble, this is…

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FRINGE REVIEW: Shelter

  About halfway through the performance of SHELTER at Gabriel’s Corner yesterday, I began about really wonder what the point playwright Trey Tatum was trying to make. Was there one? Was this simply an interesting, dark story that lent itself to a dance mashup with Pones, Inc.? And then just as the show was winding…

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On the Fringe – Thoughts from the Underground 5.30.15

It’s Saturday and Over the Rhine feels so full of activity.  It’s a fun atmosphere down here and I’m excited about how vibrant this year’s festival feels. Last night I saw the terrific MOUTHY BITCH and HEARD.  You can read my reviews – but remember, its just my opinion.  Go see for yourself! Of the shows…