OTR 2081 from DIY Productions as part of the 2011 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. You can read the show description here.
The young actor tour guides, supported by audience plants, do a good job in their tag team delivery, and in setting the mood of the work. The fact that one of the performers had trouble getting to the venue for the start of the show could account for some of the pacing problems and (what seemed like) a truncated tour of the neighborhood.
The script seems to be a hodge-podge of ideas that don’t always connect together. For example, extremely limited population figures given for 2081 , the repeated mention of CDs and DVDs (but not of computers) and the props used, does not reconcile with one character’s mulitple references to wikipedia. Also the term EMD is used several times as in “Pre-EMD vehicles,” but I’m not sure EMD is ever explained. There are several moments where the potential for satire and social commentary are realized, but they are the exception and not the rule.
Marching the entire audience out in the heat to “experience” Over-the-Rhine is certainly not worth the effort when there is no scripted narrative to go with it. Final note, a little GLEE goes a long way.
Two performances remain of OTR 2081 at MOTR Pub.
- Fri, June 10 at 7:15pm
- Sat, June 11 at 7:15pm
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