Monthly Archives: May 2011

THE WIZARD OF OZ runs June 23-26

THE WIZARD OF OZ
Presented by Bart’s Bards
June 23-26
Springfield Township 

  • Thu-Fri, June 23-24 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, June 25 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, June 26 at 2pm

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2011 Fringe Adventure: Day Two

Promotional images for MISSING:, TO & FRO & UP & DOWN and DARKER.

Where I’m headed on Day 2, Thursday, June 2nd:

  • 7pm at Know Theater
    MISSING: the fantastical and true story of my father’s disappearance and what I found when I looked for him from Jessica Ferris
    This magical realist detective story traces California solo performer Jessica Ferris’s search for the truth about her father who disappeared when she was two, and her discovery that he is a con artist on the lam. She portrays the members of her family as they reluctantly reveal clues, and she deftly transforms everyday objects (a folding chair, a metal toolbox, a sheet) into supernatural beings. 

Kicking off the second day with solo show number three and this one sounds promising. Jessica Ferris’ biography says, “Her eclectic aesthetic grows from her international physical theater training and the San Francisco Bay Area’s fertile performance community.” I took at brief look at her teaser video on the Fringe site, and was impressed with her physical comedy and the above mentioned folding chair.

I am a bit worried that puppets are listed with her show. I’ve had some very bad puppet-related experiences at previous Fringes…fingers crossed.

  • 8:15pm at the Art Academy
    TO AND FRO AND UP AND DOWN from Kleesattel Productions
    Demonstrating yet again his strong interest in the advancement of public awareness, Satan (a.k.a. Prince of Darkness) will be hosting an educational Bible study at this years Cincinnati Fringe. The content of the production will center around his role in both the Old and New Testaments. Please feel free to come and learn from this figure’s vast experience, which includes not only being the universal symbol of evil, but also extensive work of the 1980 Presidential elections. (Please note that just because he came here from hell doesn’t necessarily imply there will be audience participation or puppets. So don’t worry.)

After visitng the Almight’s blog show the previous evening, the divine equal time rule demands that I give the devil his due tonight. (And may I point out that the Devil knows about my Fringe/puppet issues.)

Cincinnati audiences may remember cast member Dain Paige from his work with Jersey Productions and The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.

Cast mate Brendon North is a recent graduate of the NKU Theatre Program where last season he played Frank-N-Furter in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. Following the Fringe Festival, Brendon heads to Cortland Repertory Theatre to play brother Levi in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT.

  • 9pm at Know Theatre
    DARKER from New Edgecliff Theatre
    In search of a job, Max finds himself the new kid at the Industri-Light Bulb Factory. But his surroundings are all too familiar… and he’s certain he has seen his boss somewhere before. Is he losing his mind, or is this the start of a very sick- and ultimately deadly- game? Max must uncover the truth, or accept a fate that will keep his life in a mind-numbing limbo.

Another show about getting a job, but this time with a dramatic tone. NET’s playwright-in-residence, Catie O’Keefe supplies the script.

Audiences may recognize cast member Michael Carr, a recent CCM Drama graduate and incoming Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati intern from his performances in ON THE VERGE at CCM and BURY THE DEAD at The Carnegie.

Mindy Heithause recently performed at La Comedia Dinner Theatre, in NANA’S NAUGHTY KNICKERS. At NET, she appeared in last season’s opener, THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA.

NKU graduate (and local performing gypsy) Jeffrey K Miller makes his second appearance at the Cincinnati Fringe.

That’s it for Thursday. You can visit the blog Friday afternoon for reviews.

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THE LAST OF THE BOYS runs June 23-July 3

THE LAST OF THE BOYS
Presented by Brookville Community Theatre 
June 23-July 3
Brookville

Steven Dietz’s intricate and moving drama, THE LAST OF THE BOYS, is about a relationship that ends, and a war that never does. The focus of the play is the friendship between Benand Jeeter, two Vietnam War Veterans, who for 30 years have remained friends, despite their differences.  It takes place the last summer of the 20th century in a godforsaken trailer park that has become a toxic wasteland, where Ben is the last holdout. Jeeter has brought his newest young girlfriend, Salyer, to meet Ben. When Salyer’s mother, Loraine, comes looking for her daughter, ghosts and memories of the  war come pouring out, as these four people mix booze with feelings that can never quite be resolved. 

  • Thu-Sat, June 23-25 at 8pm
  • Sun, Jun 26 at 3pm
  • Thu-Sat, June 30-July 2 at 8pm
  • Sun, July 3 at 3pm

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2011 Fringe Adventure: Day One

Promotional images for CURRICULUM VITAE, THE GOD BLOG and WHITE GIRL.

For those of you wondering what exactly IS the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, you can read the official version here. I like to describe it this way: Remember those neighborhood kids who used to put on shows in their garage? Well it’s kind of like that except they are all grown up and geez do alot of them have issues.

sO, In trying to tackle the monster that is the 2011 Cincinnati Fringe Festival, I went through the descriptions of all 30 productions and divided them into three categories: those I really wanted to see, those that sounded interesting, and the remaining performances that I would catch if I could.

Armed with those three categories and my 2011 Fringe Grid,  (available here in .pdf) I laid out my attendance schedule to make as many shows as early in their runs as possible.

For Day 1, Wednesday, June 1st, I’ll be attending:

  • 7pm at 1423 Vine
    CURRICULUM VITAE from Jimmy Hogg
    It’s a show about my introduction into the working world at a very young age and consequent period of underemployment, moving from one awful experience to the next. It’s also a users guide as to how to get a job. It’s really the show where I made my mark on the Fringe scene by establishing a style that was very physically detailed, exceptionally fast-paced and packed with details, descriptions, segues and anecdotes leaving the audience little time to breathe until the curtain comes down.

Unfortunately I missed Jimmy’s A BRIEF HISTORY OF PETTY CRIME during last year’s Fringe Festival, (well truthfully I missed the entire festival), but I thought I might enjoy someone else’s comic take on unemployment, because living it, no so funny.

  • 8:15pm at the Art Academy of Cincinnati
    THE GOD BLOG from What If Play Shop Players
    Yo, Fringe Fans! The Big Guy here, asking you to come see me and my friends from Celestial Services in THE GOD BLOG, a radio soap opera which asks the musical questions, “Can a burned out, demographically irrelevant deity find happiness in this crazy world he created AND stop Granola Guy Lucifer from confiscating his donuts at the staff meeting?” See for yourself why I need a new gig. Hey, remember that bike you got on your seventh birthday? I’m not trying to lay guilt trips on anyone…just sayin’ the Big Guy would appreciate a little love. Thanks!

OK, so I’m a sucker for the religious-themed Fringe shows. I think the reason can be traced back to a college Religious Philosophy class that was constantly interrupted by a fellow student brandishing his Bible. The point of the class, to me, was to learn what other major religions of the world believed. He however took it as an opportunity to declare each of those beliefs as incorrect because “The Bible says…” It was a LONG semester.

  • 9:15pm at ArtWorks
    WHITE GIRL from Maythinee Washington
    What is beauty? What is race? How do we see ourselves and determine our identity? WHITE GIRL is an original solo show employing found text & sound with movement and pantomime telling a story of a girl exploring these questions. At times comic and poignant, the artist draws from her personal history and plays with pop culture to create a work that continues to be thought-provoking long after it has ended.

Full disclosure, the only show available to me after THE GOD BLOG on Monday night is WHITE GIRL. With no gap between the ending of TGB and the beginning of WG, it’s a block and a half mad dash to the final venue. There is no performance after WG, so holding for five minutes wouldn’t throw the scheduling off (hint, hint).

Just like you can’t judge a book by its cover, you can’t judge a fringe show on description alone. Part of the fun is taking a chance on something and finding a hidden gem.

With the way the Fringe is structured you can enjoy dinner after work, see a show or two, and be home in time for the 11 o’clock news. If you are passing near downtown Cincinnati/Over-the-Rhine over the weekend, leave a few hours early and catch a performance.

If you purchase a voyeur pass, you can see six shows for the price of five.

BTW, if you are interested in my opinion of what I find, be sure to visit this blog on Thursday for my reviews.

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Titles of the Season

Of the season announcements I have collected to date, below is the list of production titles announced with performances beginning in July.

In the upcoming months you can choose from two productions of fourteen shows: ALMOST MAINE, AS YOU LIKE IT, BECKY’S NEW CAR, THE BOYS NEXT DOOR, A CHRISTMAS CAROL,  THE DINING ROOM, THE FANTASTICKS, GOD OF CARNAGE, INTO THE WOODS, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, MOON OVER BUFFALO, NOISES OFF, RED and WICKED.

Not surprisingly, it’s The Bard himself who tops the duplicates with three productions of AS YOU LIKE IT now joined by THE CRUCIBLE.

The complete list (so far):

The 25th Annual Putnam County (3)

The 39 Steps

42nd Street

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Addams Family

Adaptation 

All My Sons

Almost Maine (2)

Always…Patsy Cline

Angel Street

Arcadia

Art of Murder

As You Like It (2)

Avenue Q

Band Geeks!

Beauty and the Beast

Becky’s New Car (2)

Bedroom Farce

Better Living

The Big Picture

Big the Musical

Billy Elliott

Blood Brothers 

Blythe Spirit

The Blue Moon Dancing

The Boys Next Door (2)

Caine Mutiny Court Martial

Caroline, Or Change

A Catered Affair

Cats

Chicago

Children of Eden

A Christmas Carol (2)

Cole

Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

The Complete History of America…

The Complete Works of William

Coram Boy

Crazy For You

The Crucible (3)

Dancing at Lughnasa

Dead Accounts

Deadly Murder

The Dining Room (2)

Dividing the Estate

The Dixie Swim Club

Do Patent Leather Shoes…

Dearly Beloved

Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical

Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr.

Duty

Edgar: A Mesmeric Passage…

Eeyore’s Christmas

Elephant Sighs

Evil Dead the Musical

Fame

The Fantasticks (2)

Footloose

For Colored Girls Who Have

The Foreigner

Forever Plaid

Frozen

Gem of the Ocean

Ghost-Writer

The Glass Menagerie

God of Carnage (2)

Going to St. Ives

Good Boys and True

The Grapes of Wrath

Grease

Groucho: A Life in Revue

Hairspray

Harvey

The Haunting of Hill House

Heroes

Henry VIII All is True 

Hit the Deck

Holiday Follies

I Love a Piano

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now

In My Blood

In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play

An Inspector Calls

Into the Woods (2)

It’s a Wonderful Life (2)

Jersey Boys

Jesus Christ Superstar

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor

Julius Caesar

Keely & Du

The King and I

The Laramie Project

The Last Five Years

Les Miserables

Life Could Be a Dream

The Light in the Piazza

The Little Prince

Little Women

Looking Glass Land

Lost in Yonkers

Love’s Labour’s Lost

Macbeth 

Make Me a Song

Mamma Mia!

A Man For All Seasons

Menopause the Musical Merrily We Roll Along

The Merchant of Venice

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (3)

The Mikado

Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting

Moon Over Buffalo (2)

Much Ado About Nothing

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

Next

Next to Normal

A Nice Family Gathering

Nixon’s Nixon

Noises Off (2)

The Oldest Profession

Oklahoma!

Oleanna

Our Town

Over the River and Through…

Pippin

Prelude to a Kiss

The Producers

Pump Boys & Dinettes

Pump Up the Volume

The Rape

Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy 

Ravencroft

Red (2)

Rent

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern…

Run For Your Wife

Same Time, Next Year

The Second City 2: Less Pride…More

A Second Helping

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden (Musical)

Sense and Sensibility

Seussical the Musical

Sleeping Beauty

Smoke on the Mountain

Snow White

Souvenir

Speaking in Tongues 

Spring Awakening

Steel Magnolias

The Story of My Life

A Streetcar Named Desire

Swamp Opera

Talley & Son

Tenderly: the Rosemary Clooney

Thunder Knocking on the Door

Tigers Be Still

Time Stands Still

Titanic

Traces

Transmigration

Ulysses

The Uninvited

West Side Story

The Whipping Man

White Christmas

Wicked (2)

Willy Wonka the Musical

Wishful Drinking

Wittenberg

The Wizard of Oz

You Can’t Take it With You

Young Frankenstein

Updated 6/20/11

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