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Anna Carroll Horton, Jodie Linver & Willemien Patterson. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

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MATER FACIT presented by Performance Gallery as part of the 2013 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. You can read the show description here.

The Performance Gallery is a group I can count on, every Fringe, to challenge my perceptions of theater. This year’s entry, MATER FACIT succeeds as well.

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Willemien Patterson, Jodie Linver, Kevin Macku & Anna Carroll Horton. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

The strong four-member cast, supported by an on-stage band, examines the role of motherhood as supplier of soldiers for war. TPG members began the rehearsal process with a two-day workshop with award-winning Minneapolis-based physical theatre artist, Jon Ferguson (

At times the performance style and cartoon-y violence was reminiscent of a Kukla, Fran and Ollie puppet show. Solo male ensemble-member Kevin Macku runs the gamut of son, soldier, rabbit and more. Each of the three ladies get to shine in their role as “Mother.” Jodie Linver’s impassioned monologue was one of my favorite moments.

A few times I felt the show lost a bit of momentum during the scene transitions. Also a few times, some of the visual elements pulled my focus from the speaking actors.

As always, a truly unique experience that keeps you thinking after the performance ends.

Click here for a complete list of show times, local media coverage and other reviews for MATER FACIT.

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