Monthly Archives: May 2012

Post Fringe: Day 2 (Thursday)

The 2012 Cincinnati Fringe Festival continues at break-neck speed.

For the second day in a row, GRIM AND FISCHER: A Deathly Comedy in Full-Face Mask sold out its performance. In fact, only a few tickets remain for their final performance on Saturday, June 2 at 8:15pm.

Looking ahead, both THE SWEET, BURNING YONDER and RADIO STAR have sold out their Friday performances. You have three more opportunities to see THE SWEET, BURNING YONDER:

  • Sun, June 3 at 4:15pm
  • Wed, June 6 at 8:30pm
  • Fri, June 8 at 7pm

and four more chances at tickets for RADIO STAR:

  • Sat, June 2 at 8:45pm
  • Tue, June 5 at 9:15pm
  • Wed, June 6 at 7:15pm
  • Fri, June 8 at 7:15pm

The OTRimprov Workshop scheduled for Sunday morning is filled to capacity.

Saturday’s Fringe Bar Series is the ever-popular FRINGE PROM. The Channel Fringe Hard-Hitting Action News Update Team announced the theme for this year as “Marilyn Manson’s Goth Tropic Tiki Lounge Prom.” Attendees are strongly encouraged to come in their best goth or luau garb, or any combination of both.


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Post Fringe: Day 1 (Wednesday)

The 2012 Fringe Festival kicked off Wednesday with two sell-out performances by local artists.

First was THE SWEET, BURNING YONDER directed by Michael Burnham. Four performances remain:

  • Fri, June 1 at 9:15pm
  • Sun, June 3 at 4:15pm
  • Wed, June 6 at 8:30pm
  • Fri, June 8 at 7pm

Also selling out was GRIM AND FISCHER: A Deathly Comedy in Full-Face Mask. The word from patrons at the bar series is that this is an outstanding show, with comparisons being made to 7×1 SAMURAI (one of my all-time favorite Fringe shows). Only two performances remain:

  • Thu, May 31 at 7pm
  • Sat, June 2 at 8:15pm

Another show that has patrons buzzing is METHTACULAR!, the story of Steven Strafford’s life in Chicago as a Crystal Meth addict. Only two performances remain for this production as well:

  • Thu, May 31 at 8:30pm
  • Sat, June 2 at 9pm

For my first night, I caught BREAKING RANK! and QUAKE: A Closet Love Story. Reviews coming as soon as I can get them written.

I hope to see you out and about in OTR tomorrow night.

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Falcon Announces Auditions for HOW DO YOU SPELL M-U-R-D-E-R

Falcon Theatre is proud to announce Auditions for its first summer Murder Mystery:

An Interactive Mystery in three acts
Written and Directed by Isaac B. Turner

What could be more delightful than a classic case of Who Done It? Victim and suspects trapped under one roof, vital clues in full view, and the ever present question, Who? This 1920s caper set in St. Louis, rolls into action when two couples arrive on a paddlewheel steamboat headed for the Tallstacks Music, Arts and Heritage Festival in Cincinnati. The Youngs are honeymooning. The Crazees are on a little get away, before heading off to Paris. An unexpected guest arrives on the levee, and things get messy for everyone onboard, including the crew. Captain Grant and his daughter, must do what they can to keep everything under control when one of their guests turns up…..dead! Who Done It? How is this group of strangers connected to this murder? Only the detective can resolve this mystery, relying on the audience to help solve the crime. With five possible endings, the outcome of each performance is controlled by the audience!

Auditions: Monday, June 18 and Tuesday, June 19 at 7pm at the Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth Street, Newport, KY 41071

Rehearsals begin Monday, June 25. Sunday-Friday, 6:30-10:30pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm

OFF: Friday, June 29 and Wednesday, July 4

Performances: July 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 and August 3, 4. Friday and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm

Each Actor will be paid a performance stipend.

We are looking for actors with a strong sense of stylized period comedy. Actors must also be comfortable with light Improv. The audition is by appointment only, and will consist of cold readings. All auditionees should arrive at 7pm to fill out audition forms and receive scripts. Please bring a picture and resume for our files.

Because this is a new play, sides are available by request, upon scheduling an audition appointment. To reserve an audition appointment, contact the director, by replying to this email. Please let the director know which day you wish to audition, and whether or not you’d like an electronic copy of the sides sent to you.

Cast of Characters:

Ulysses S. Grant IV: A kindly riverboat captain, with a timeless nature. Knowledgable, but somewhat befuddled, his mind is cluttered with way too many useful things…think Peter Falk as Columbo. A loving father and a passionate boater, the “Ulysses S. Lee” is his home.

Allison Grant: a 1920s dame. Though quite feminine, she is strong and she doesn’t shy away from work. Not prone to gender stereotypes, Allison is the Purser aboard the “Ulysses S. Lee”, her father’s steam boat. Born and raised on the water, Allison uses her travel to spread the word that women can do anything men can, but better.

Jack Young: a 1920s banker, handsome, confident, intelligent and business minded. Jack is very much in love, and wants nothing more than to provide for his lovely wife, who he is trying to convince to give up her dreams of the silver screen, and start a family. (Also plays ROBERT.)

Robert Young: Jack Young’s twin brother, alike in most every way, except that Robert practices law. He is not married. Appearance aside, Robert is a complete stranger to everyone, or is he?

Marcel Crazee: a 1920s gentleman, charismatic, enigmatic, sincere but mysterious. He speaks in an exaggerated French dialect. He is a renaissance man, who dabbles in fine art, aviation and rare jewels. Marcel is “married” to Vivienne. He is dressed in 1870’s clothing.

Vivienne Crazee: a 1920s femme fatale. She is attractive, boisterous and somewhat superficial. A bit too mysterious, she speaks in an exaggerated French dialect. Vivienne has held many “careers” in her lifetime. She is dressed in 1870’s clothing.

Loretta Young: a 1920s ingenue, pretty, sincere, intelligent but naive. She comes from a long line of film actors, and aspires to get her big break in the family business…one day. For now, Loretta is so much in love, that she’s happy just being Mrs. Jack Young. Newly married, she and Jack are off to Cincinnati for their honeymoon.

You can contact Isaac B. Turner at for audition appointments and information.

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Falcon Theatre Announces 2012-2013 Season

Falcon Theatre’s 23rd season consists of:

  • CHiPS THE MUSICAL running Oct. 12-27
  • IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE running Dec. 7-15
  • DOUBT running Feb. 8-23
  • AND THEN THERE WERE NONE running April 5-25
  • TBA running May 31-June 15

For more information visit

You can find my complete list of season announcements to date here.

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2012 Cincinnati Fringe Festival begins Tuesday, May 29th

CityBeat Kick-Off Party begins Tuesday at 7 pm

Know Theatre of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Fringe Festival are proud to announce the 2012 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. The 9th annual festival is scheduled to kick-off Tuesday, May 29th with CityBeat’s official Fringe Kick-off Party. The festival will continue through June 9 with 35 productions and special events including the second year of the high school centered program, FringeNext.

Festivities begin with the official CityBeat Fringe Kick-Off Party on May 29 at 7 pm. Guests will enjoy musical entertainment from The Dukes Are Dead and watch the launch of the 2012 Channel Fringe Hard-Hitting Action News Update. Food for the party will be provided by Venice on Vine, Madisono’s Gelato, Skirtz & Johnston, and Washington Platform and there will also be Christian Moerlein drink specials all night long. It’s a great way to meet the Fringe artists, staff, volunteers, and other audience members! A suggested donation of $5 will get you into the event.

All individual tickets to Fringe Festival shows will continue to be $12 this year. Full Frontal Fringe passes get you all access to every event in the festival for $200. Flexible Voyeur six-show passes are on sale for $60 or the price equivalent of five tickets. One night stand passes are $25 and get you two tickets and one drink at Know Theatre’s Bar.

For more information about the performances or to purchase passes, check out or call 513.300.KNOW (5669). During the festival, tickets to all performances can be purchased online 24 hours a day, over the phone from 10am to 10pm, or in person at the headquarters box office at Know Theatre of Cincinnati, 1120 Jackson Street, or at individual venues thirty minutes prior to show times.

After the shows each day, artists, audience members, staff, and volunteers all gather together at Know Theatre’s Underground for the Fringe Bar Series featuring the Channel Fringe Hard Hitting Action News Update. Each evening features different activities such as the Fringe previews, Fringe Olympics, Fringe-e-Oke, Fringe Prom, and the 22.5 hour play project. Food will be provided on select nights during the bar series. Please check for bar series schedule as updates will continue to be added as the festival draws closer.

Our mission is to create evocative and explosive live entertainment.

Our vision is a world awakened to its collective possibility.We value a playful artistic community where artists can collaborate and grow.

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