CINCINNATI, June 7 – The Cincinnati Fringe Festival roars into its second weekend! The performing arts festival that’s Kinda Weird, Like You features a jam-packed schedule of performances and events, with options for all ages and tastes.
Primary Lineup performances continue all weekend, with staggered start times from 2:30 to 9 pm. Each show is an hour or less, giving audiences plenty of choice in how they schedule their days at Fringe. And there’s so much to choose from, with 26 performances on Saturday alone! Productions run the gamut from solo storytelling to dance pieces to conventional plays (although “conventional” is a relative word at Fringe).
Many performances so far this festival have been sold-out or very close to capacity, so patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance at cincyfringe.com or by calling the box office at 513-300-5669; the box office is open from 11 am to 9:30 pm, Tuesdays through Sundays.
Fringe is all about doing more, so the Fringe doesn’t stop when the Primary Lineup does! There are several options for younger audiences in the Family Friendly Fringe selection. This weekend, they include Storytime with Sparkle, in which one of Cincinnati’s most popular child-friendly drag clowns will read picture books about diversity and acceptance, Show Up, Kids!, a one-man improvised show that incorporates suggestions from young audience members to craft its narrative, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz from Madcap Puppets. Showtimes are at 11 am and 1 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, and tickets may be reserved for free at cincyfringe.com.
We’d never forget to mention our late-night lineup of irreverent, unpredictable, but always entertaining Bar Series programming. Every night, we hear from Channel Fringe Hard-Hitting Action News for all the news that’s fit to Fringe, and then launch into special events! This weekend, Friday night is Fringe-oke (that’s karaoke with a Fringy twist!), Saturday night is Fringe Prom: Sweet 16, and Sunday night we honor the artistic community with Everyone’s an Artist Night, where artist discounts at the bar are extended to all patrons.
After all of that, we’re dark on Monday (because Fringe staff will all need the chance to sit in a dim room with a cool beverage for a moment) but then we’ll be back on Tuesday for Fringe’s final week!