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2016 Cincy Fringe Picks

CFF_posterBy the numbers:

  • Sales increased by 19%
  • Attendance increased by 14%
  • Full Frontal pass sales increased by 45%
  • 33 more performances than 2015
  • 4 more sell-outs than 2015
  • 15% increase in single ticket sales

The Picks of the Fringe:

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My Fringe Schedule: Day 11

The final day of fringe is always bitter sweet. My body is ready for the end, my head isn’t.

CFF_Boo Boo logoBOO-BOO
Homegrown Theatre
Cincinnati, OH

Written by Ben Dudley
Directed by Buz Davis

Cast: Nathan Neorr, Lisa Marie-DeRoberts, Ben Dudley & Tonya McGriff

Frank is the nanny of Brandon, a 30-year-old man who lives his life as a toddler 24 hours a day. After three years, the two have grown close and Frank is troubled when he notices self-destructive tendencies in Brandon. He recruits Sandy, an altruistic but lost woman he meets at the park to go undercover as another adult baby to find what’s hurting Brandon without alerting his mother, his greatest enabler.

CFF_Punks Not Dead logoPUNK’S NOT DEAD AND NEITHER IS SAM (YET)
BRO CITY MAHALO CREW
Cincinnati, OH

Cast: Andy Simpson, Brandon Moore, Sam Rueff, Shelby Becker & Simon Nathaniel Powell

Guys! My friend Sam’s real sick – so listen. What if you only had one shot to pull off the most epic, punk as f*ck show ever, man? Nailing it would not only save “the kids,” get you the girl, free the orcas, make me famous and… Wait, what? What was the deal with Sam again? Anyway, would you do it, man? Join some good friends and – Shoeless Joe Jackson? – in this punk as f*ck catastrophe.

CFF_The 4th Graders Present logoTHE 4TH GRADERS PRESENT AN UNNAMED LOVE-SUICIDE
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati Intern Company
Cincinnati, OH

Directed by Ben Raanan

Cast: Kendra Beitzel, Lauren Bowler, Brendan Getches, Katie Groneman, Joshua Harris, Stephen Kell & Daniela Nenova

When 4th grader Johnny shoots himself, he leaves behind a play as a suicide note that the kids in his class are forced to perform as a memorial. As friends and bullies assume the roles of Johnny and his classmates, a heartbreaking, darkly curious story emerges, offering a glimpse into the motivation behind Johnny’s actions.

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My Fringe Schedule: Day 10

FINALLY seeing these two local shows tonight:

CFF_FurlesqueFURLESQUE
Autumn Kaleidoscope
Cincinnati, OH

Directed by Sean P. Mette

Cast: Mike Hall as Jackson Hawkins, Audrey MacNeil as Nancy Hawkins, Lauren Carr as Beatrix “Trixxy” Dinkley, Zach Robinson as Bernard Jones & Eileen Earnest as Chanticleer Owens

Jackson Hawkins is the owner of the Scratch & Sniff. Nancy Hawkins is his niece. She so desperately wants to be part of the show, but he won’t let her. Why is he squashing her dreams? Why won’t he let her dance? Is that a real bear roaming around the stage? Furlesque answers these questions (and creates quite a few more) in this coming of age story set inside a burlesque club for furries!

CFF_Ice CandleICE CANDLE
Pack of Others
Cincinnati, OH

Written & performed by Erika MacDonald

When Erika MacDonald was 18 she did NOT spend a year in Indonesia – but she came close, before being evacuated. Can she ever truly explain what happened? A live “un-documentary” solo show about a strange girl in a strange land. Winner of the Critic’s Choice Award for “Best Female Performance” at Orlando Fringe

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My Fringe Schedule: Day 9

I hit the Fringe Wall but I’m still pushing forward. Two shows tonight:

CFF_The Fainting Room promo

Becca Bernard. Photo by Kirk Marsh.

THE FAINTING ROOM
Kiss of Whimsey
Brooklyn, NY

Treat yourself to an explosive release of physical comedy, music, and candid confession by entering TTHE FAINTING ROOM. This raucous show explores the ideas behind the historical phenomenon of “female hysteria,” celebrating self love and vibrators and rejecting the idea that it is better to be unhappy with someone or something that doesn’t fit than to be alone.

CFF_Cosmic Nomad logoCOSMIC NOMAD
Josh Richards
Melbourne, Austrailia

Comedian, physicist, and general troublemaker Josh Richards knows his days are numbered: short-listed from over 200,000 applicants for the first human mission to Mars in 2026, and launching without any hope of ever returning, it’s increasingly likely he’ll die on the red planet.

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My Fringe Schedule: Day 8

Finally seeing two shows everyone keeps asking me if I’ve seen yet…

CFF_Baby Mama promoBABY MAMA: One Woman’s Quest to Give Her Child to Gay People
Caps Lock Theatre
Astoria, NY

Written and performed by Mariah MacCarthy
Directed by Sara Lyons

BABY MAMA tracks one birth mother’s true adoption journey, from conception to placement with the gay couple of her dreams–while still living her life, dating, and attending the occasional orgy. From adoption agencies to vaginal discharge, from burlesque to good-byes, this up-close-and-personal night of storytelling is everything about those ten months you ever wanted to know (and probably plenty that you didn’t). Bring hankies.

CFF_Shit Men Have Said logoSHIT MEN HAVE SAID OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE PATRIACHY
ReVamp Collective
Philadelphia, PA

Written by Kristen Scatton
Directed by Carly Bodnar

Cast: Anna Pysher, Kimie Muroya, Gil Johnson, Rich Stevens & Erin Carr

Enter the system! ReVamp Collective would like to invite you to the People’s Association of Testing, Research, and Innovation for Achieving Rigorous Control of Humanity. This organization is committed to developing standards to maintain a well-ordered society, and training individuals to understand and fulfill these expectations. This production reexamines the established gender roles in our western society. Each ‘test subject’ will be part of the conversation through moments of audience participation before, during and after the performance. Welcome, and enjoy.

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