OF MONSTER DESCENT presented by Queen City Flash as part of the 2018 Cincinnati Fringe Festival.
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Writer/Director team Trey Tatum and Bridget Leak (“Slut Shaming” 2014 Artist Pick of the Fringe, “The Disappearance of Nicole Jacobs”) present a story about a family on the brink of collapse and the woodland beast that stalks just beyond their fence line. Set in a decaying Gulf Coast oasis, a young boy confronts family legacy and the untamed beyond in this otherworldly, lightning-lit, monster survival tale.
Sometimes the most successful solo shows at the Fringe are rooted in the performer’s personal history. When an artist takes the leap and exposes their vulnerability, the result can be amazing. Such is the case with OF MONSTER DECENT.
The script by Trey Tatum is extremely well-written. Pop culture and childhood experiences of family life in Alabama combine in an engaging, thought-provoking, yet genuinely laugh-out-loud funny sixty minutes.
His storytelling and emotional connection to the work is only strengthened by the direction of Bridget Leak. I really enjoy her eye for connecting the words to physical movement in a way that complements the work, without it becoming distracting or overwrought.
The end of the Thursday night performance was greeted with a well-deserved ovation from the sold-out audience.
Five performances remain at the FLC Lounge, one of the smaller Fringe venues:
- Sat, June 2 at 9pm
- Sun, June 3 at 7pm
- Thu, June 7 at 7pm
- Fri, June 8 at 8:30pm
- Sat, June 9 at 4:45pm