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TESLA EX MACHINA presented by Ricky Coates as part of the 2016 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. You can read the show description here.
Ricky Coates, in his first appearance at the Cincy Fringe, performs a brand new work, his one-man biopic about inventor Nikola Tesla. For those of us in attendance opening night, we have the bragging rights of being his first fringe audience.
Coates is a strong performer and very enjoyable to watch. He handles the multiple characters well and I enjoyed his characterization of Tesla himself.
I found it to be an interesting, but not yet compelling work. Not a bash against the production, just understanding that it’s still a new work. Getting that first one out of the way does wonders. I hope I have the chance to see him perform TESLA again (unfortunately not possible at this fringe), and that he makes it back in a future fringe to perform A ZOMBIE ODYSSEY…hint, hint.
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