Interactive Family Comedy SHOW UP KIDS! Makes Cincy Fringe Debut


SHOW UP KIDS by Peter Michael Marino. Photo by Mikiodo.

With Four Special Performances this June

CINCINNATI, OH – Following critically acclaimed runs in NYC, Hollywood, and Edinburgh, Peter Michael Marino’s interactive SHOW UP KIDS! makes its Cincy Fringe debut June 1 & 2, 8 & 9. This entirely unique, semi-improvised, family show for kids 3-10 years old puts a comedic twist on the traditional kids’ show. When the main attraction doesn’t show up, Pete enlists the kids (and adults) to help create a show from set to sound, plot to props, and costumes to characters. What could possibly go wrong?

Marino’s “Show Up” received a Critic’s Pick at the 2018 Cincy Fringe, and he returns with this junior version as part of the Family Friendly Fringe at Cincy Fringe 2019. Tickets are pay-what-you-can.

★★★★★ “Marino handles the unpredictability of working with children in an improvised environment with great skill and grace, putting on a fantastic performance which my children were talking about long after the show.” – Backstage on the Fringe

“Fantastic fun! A one-man whirling dervish of energy, comic timing, physical agility, and out and out hilarity. The kids were absolutely mesmerized!” – The Front Row Center

“This show is not like any other show. Usually, the kids are just watching things happen, but here, kids are actually part of the show. Pete definitely has a superpower!”- Kids News NYC

★★★★ “Hilarious! Marino knows what kids find funny. A show of this caliber is an opportunity to show up for!” – The Wee Review


WHO: By Peter Michael Marino & the kids
Directed by Michole Biancosino & the kids
Music by Michael Andrew


  • 4:00 p.m. Saturday, June 1
  • 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 2
  • 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 8
  • 11:00 a.m. Sunday, June 9

WHERE: The Know Theatre of Cincinnati. 1120 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

HOW MUCH: Pay-What-You-Can (ticket reservations required)

RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes



Peter Michael Marino is a NYC-based teacher, writer, performer, and producer. He is the creator of SOLOCOM at The PIT, which has launched over 600 world-premiere solo comedies. His 2017-2018 improvised solo comedy “Show Up” received rave reviews everywhere from NYC to Cincy, Orlando, Pittsburgh, and Edinburgh. Pete’s internationally acclaimed solo comedy “Desperately Seeking the Exit” chronicled the unmaking of his West End musical flop “Desperately Seeking Susan” and received 5-star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe and a London transfer. “Desperately Seeking the Exit: Cincy Celeb Reading” also makes its Cincy Fringe debut this June. More info at:


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