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HITCHHIKERS MAY BE INMATES presented by Clifton Performance Theatre as part of the 2015 Cincinnati Fringe Festival.
You can read the show description here.
Again this year, while Clifton Performance Theatre’s entry may not be the fringe-iest show in the festival, it certainly offers some of the best performances in the festival.
Local professional actors Michael Bath and Kevin Crowley are excellent in this three-scene one act. Both characters are on the tightrope of sobriety. As new AA-member and emotionally-fragile Dave, Bath gives a great nerd-to-jock quality to his relationship with J.D.
Crowley is great to watch in the role of J.D. There is this constant intensity coming from the character. I enjoyed how you were never really sure if J.D. was working to steady Dave on that tightrope or push him off of it. His transformation of J.D. for the final scene is mesmerizing to watch. Kudos also have to go out to Evan Verrilli as the line-less Waiter. Your body language and facial expressions were so much fun.
For a show that is mainly two guys at a table talking, director Buz Davis keeps the energy high and the blocking dynamic. He makes the well-written script by Crowley, shine.
Definitely a favorite of this year’s festival. Seeing these two on stage together for $15 is a steal. Three performances remain through June 6.
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