BUTCHER HOLLER HERE WE COME Review

Photo by Joe Bourguignon.

Photo by Joe Bourguignon.

BUTCHER HOLLER HERE WE COME presented by Aztec Economy as part of the 2013 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. Click here for a list of show times, local media coverage and other reviews.

You gotta love a show with your name (kinda) in the title. 🙂

I remember visiting Mammoth Caves, and sitting in that large chamber when they turn out the lights. So dark you can’t see your hand in front of your face. The underground venue at MOTR Pub comes close to that kind of darkness.

Photo by Joe Bourguignon.

Photo by Joe Bourguignon.

The concept for the show is very interesting. It’s 1973 and the audience is trapped with five coal miners after a cave collapse. Usually the only lights, if any, are the headlamps of the miners.

The ensemble is talented and does great work. The confrontation scene was well done albeit a bit stressful. 🙂

The description promises that the show brutally weaves “through family histories, complicated friendships, crooked politics, childhood visions, audacious hopes, eerie dreams, criminal addictions, and fervent spirituality.” Which it does. But for me, with the lack of visual information, I had a hard time keeping track of who was who, (aside from “Hiccup”) and their personal connections. Perhaps a short scene before the lights go out could help establish some of the characters and relationships for the audience.

Overall a fun and unique experience.

Links to all reviews can be found on the BTC REVIEWS page. Blog postings, links and more are available on my FaceBook fan page. You can receive updates on Twitter from @BTCincyRob.

I would enjoy hearing what you think about the show or my review. All I ask is that you express your opinion without attacking someone else’s opinion. You can post your comments below.

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