TRAGEDY: A TRAGEDY Review

CFF_Tragedy A TragedyTRAGEDY: A TRAGEDY presented by New Edgecliff Theatre as part of the 2014 Cincinnati Fringe Festival.

You can read the show description here.

TRAGEDY: A TRAGEDY, written by Will Eno (Thom Pain (based on nothing)), takes a satirical look at our 24-hour news cycle. Eno’s densely-written script has some smart and funny moments, but it did feel to me that the production lacked forward momentum in places.

Director Jim Stump has a talented cast, but I found the performances lacked character and individuality. Yes, everyone had the “news reporter” cadence to their voices, but with a sameness that would allow, for example, the female reporters to switch roles without really impacting the show.  Where are the strong personalities that deliver the news, such as Bill O’Reilly or Nancy Grace? Even “the witness” seemed a bit too normal for this over-sensationalized event. The pacing of the opening night performance was also hampered by slow line pick-ups among the cast.

Overall an interesting work that could use a bit more oomph.

Four performances remain through Thursday, June 5.

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