THE MASCULINITY INDEX from Powerhouse Productions as part of the 2011 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. You can read the show description here.

There are some problems with the performance that can be addressed. First and foremost, the songs are too loud. Not in the “if it’s too loud, you’re too old” sense but more in the “audience is sitting in your lap and the drums and base are so loud  that the vocals are drowned out, even though that mic is maxed out” kinda way.

Also, there was some music coming out of the speakers during the pre-show and  the first half of the performance. I couldn’t tell if it was a mistake or if it was supposed to set the atmosphere, but it was distracting as the volume varied by song. One patron asked me if it was someone’s cell phone was playing and I could see other audience members trying to figure out where the sound was coming from . It would be great if you could look into these issues during your pre-show sound check.

Speaking to the original script and the performance of the piece, it comes across as something that was thrown together in a weekend, over a bag of pot and a couple of six packs. I’m not offended by profanity, in fact I’m quite skilled in its use, but it shouldn’t be used as a period at the end of most sentences. Conversations on stage require sentences and paragraphs. And watching someone “text” on stage is not riveting theater. There are a few attempts to address the promising premise of the show, but they look and sound half-hearted.

Bottom line, there were many submissions to the Cincinnati Fringe Festival that were rejected over this one. You squandered an opportunity that others would have valued.

Three performances remain of THE MASCULINITY INDEX at 1423 Vine (unless the upstairs tenant, who was complaining to the poor ticket volunteer, has his way):

  • Wed, June 6 at 9:15pm
  • Thu, June 9 at 7pm
  • Sat, June 11 at 2:30pm

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