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HAPPY GO LUCKY @Cincy Fringe 2023

CFF23_Happy Go LuckyOne woman puppetry show from Japan with some short stories

Yanomi Shoshinz presents
@Cincy fringe festival 2023

tokyo, Japan – Yanomi Shoshinz will present ‘Happy Go Lucky’, taking place at Venue 6, a part of the annual Cincy Fringe Festival 2023.

Where? Venue 6: 1316 MAIN ST


  • June 3 Sat. 4:15 pm
  • June 4 Sun. 8:45 pm
  • June 8 Thur. 8:45 pm
  • June 10 Sat. 7:00 pm
  • June 11 Sun. 4:15 pm
  • June 15 Thur. 7:00 pm
  • How much? Ticket:18$

Who is Yanomi?
Shoshinz is one of the most renowned comedy acts in Japan, regularly performing in Tokyo, North America, and many countries. Yanomi started Shoshinz and has created her unique shows since 2005. Her delicate yet powerful demeanor will lure you in, and then it will bend your mind with brilliant physical theater, original puppets, and beautiful stories.

This is her 2nd participation in Cincy Fringe!

Show Description

Puppets, like humans, can have many expressions. Or is it that humans, like puppets, can be surprisingly expressive…

Can a person (or a puppet…) be too timid to confess how they actually feel, or might they at times a bit too honest in what they say?

Japanese people tend not to express their feelings directly. Instead, they try to make their emotions understood in subtle, quiet ways.

But is it only Japanese people (and puppets…) who are hesitant to let their feelings be known? Is it perhaps a universal struggle that humans (and puppets…) face to be honest in the delicate mission of communicating with others?

Maybe only a puppet can answer this question.


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DANDY DARKLY’S ALL ABOARD! Pull into the Cincy Fringe Festival

CFF19_Dandy Darkly logoUPDATE: DANDY DARKLY’S ALL ABOARD! wins top award *Critics’ Choice: BEST SHOW!* at the 2019 Orlando Fringe!

“Where were you the night The Gaybird Steamer ran off her tracks?”

Dandy Darkly’s latest storytelling spooktacular is a Southern Gothic tall tale as told by the peculiar characters there that tragic Halloween night; from the little boy chased by the ghosts that still haunt her as an adult to the cruel Colonel buried in his bunker, tinkering with his sinister toys.

DANDY DARKLY’S ALL ABOARD! is a raucous uprooting of Deep South shame served alongside a heaping helping of sizzling social satire and howling humor. Enjoy a dripping earful of Southern Gothic grotesquery: creepy country robots, African spider gods, beauty shop gossip and inbred family freakery — oh, and trains! All aboard for Dandy’s most beautifully batshit creation yet.

Dandy Darkly is a preeminent American storyteller and a most resplendent star of the Fringe Festival performance circuit. He infuses his surprisingly contemporary ghost stories with a dose of social activism and pop cultural nuance and regales it all accompanied by a nonstop soundscape of pre-recorded music composed by long time collaborators Adam Tendler (piano), Bryce Edwards (bass), Carlos Espinosa, Jr. (saxophone), Jeffrey Underhill (guitar, banjo) and Rachel Blumberg (drums, ukulele). Ian Bjorklund returns as director. The show is peppered with eclectic sound effects to create an utterly captivating theatrical experience that must be seen to be believed. All Aboard! was named a top show of the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe (The Stage) and won “Best of” the 2018 San Francisco Fringe. Critically-acclaimed. Award-winning. The less you know, the better.

Simply “Go.  See.  Dandy!”

Go to for more info and dates!

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CFF19_Diagnose ThisPortland, Oregon-based Donna Kay Yarborough may have significantly improved your health care without you even knowing it. She spends her workdays in pretending to be a patient so medical students can make their mistakes on her instead of you.

Donna works as a Standardized Patient (a.k.a. Medical Actor). In the simplest terms, a standardized patient is a person goes through situations and procedures with medical students as they train to become healthcare professionals. She might be a patient receiving a diagnosis of cancer, the mother of an injured child, or a nervous woman having a pelvic exam. A living, breathing “practice dummy” for new doctors — ones that, mind you, maybe administering the first pelvic exam of their life… and not doing it well.

Unbeknownst to these young doctors, Donna evaluates their bedside manner. She gets high hilarity out of the faux pas, missteps, and feet in mouth of these future physicians, all while pretending to be someone she’s not.

As part of the 2019 Cincy Fringe festival, Donna (formerly of “Shenatra!” and “The Famous Haydell Sisters”) will be getting on stage to tell some of the most outrageous stories from her many years in the profession. Plus, sharing her own tale of medical misdiagnosis, she hopes to inspire frank discussion of healthcare in America.

“Diagnose This! Tales of a Medical Actor” is a mixture of stand-up, storytelling, and soap-boxing that will leave you wincing, wowed, and wanting more.

All performances are in the Art Academy of Cincinnati,  room A361, as part of the 2019 Cincy Fringe festival. Showtimes are:

  • Sunday, June 2, 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday, June 4, 8:30 pm
  • Wednesday, June 5, 7:00 pm
  • Friday,  June 7, 8:30 pm
  • Sunday, June 9, 4:45 pm
  • Tuesday, June 11, 8:30 pm
  • Wednesday, June 12, 7:00 pm
  • Friday, June 14, 6:30 pm

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World Premiere of Flight Attendant School Drop Out Comedy at 2019 Cincy Fringe

CFF19_Stow Your BaggageSTOW YOUR BAGGAGE by Alexx Rouse
The world premiere of flight attendant school drop out comedy at the 2019 Cincinnati Fringe Festival

(CINCINNATI, OHIO) STOW YOUR BAGGAGE by Alexx Rouse is a comedy solo show premiering at Cincinnati Fringe on June 4th and will not hesitate to point out that there are plenty of wonderfully qualified flight attendants in this world. Alexx is just not one of them. But that won’t stop her from turning Art Academy Room 204 at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival into her test flight, hoping to prove that she’s worthy of getting hired anyway. Along the way Alexx makes sure to hit all of the marks of a good flight attendant: completing the safety speech, taking care of beverage service, all while entertaining the passengers with stories as well as booze. So put your tray tables in the all-right-let’s-talk position and enjoy the flight.

Alexx Rouse has been participating in Cincy Fringe since 2012 when at seventeen she premiered her first ever play You’ll Have 25 Minutes To Complete This Essay at the second year of FringeNext. Since then she has written several more shows and performed in some of them. Recent Writing Credits: Less Full House (Serials! 2019), Dolly Parton vs. The Mothman (Desktop Theatre 2019), The Great Space Caper (Madcap Puppets 2019) Bad Poetry Night (Cincy Fringe 2018), All’s Faire (Serials 2018), and Busted Bumpers and Other Metaphors (Sold out show at Cincy & Indy Fringe 2017) You also might have caught her onstage at The Know in Susan Swayne & the Bewildered Bride or in Queen City Flash’s Seckatary Hawkins. She also produces Travis McElroy’s Cincinnati Underground Society Shows.


  • “Most importantly Rouse’s show is very funny” -City Beat 2017
  • “I leapt to my feet at the end of the performance; it definitely is one of the best shows I’ve seen” -Sappy Critic
  • “Her rapid fire delivery, intense body language, and real life humor captivaties.” -Indy Fringe Talk


  • Writer/Performer: Alexx Rouse
  • Director: Erika Kate MacDonald
  • Dramaturgy: Paul Strickland
  • Stage Manager: Zach Robinson

Tickets can be purchased online at or at the Know Theatre Box Office.

Venue: Art Academy Room 204 1212 Jackson St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Show dates and times (60 minutes):

  • Tues. 6/4 7:45 pm
  • Thurs. 6/6 7 pm
  • Sat. 6/8 6:30 pm
  • Wed. 6/12 8:30 pm
  • Fri. 6/14 7:45 pm

Tickets: $15 | Multi-show passes available

Festival dates May 31 – June 15, 2019.

For info about Cincy Fringe visit

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Julie Gieseke Presents BORDERLINE A**HOLE at Cincy Fringe

CFF19_Borderline AssholeRelationships can be so triggering . . .

Performed by: Julie Gieseke
Written by: Julie Gieseke in collaboration with Nina Wise
Directed by: Nina Wise (

Dates/Times:   June 1-11, 2019

Place : Cincinnati Fringe Festival – The Mini Microcinema (MMC) 1329 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Link for tickets:

BORDERLINE A**HOLE, a darkly funny comedy that examines the complex dynamics  of identity, mental health  and romantic relationships.

What do you do when your new girlfriend accuses you of having Borderline Personality Disorder?

After years of chasing unavailable women, Julie may have found her ideal girlfriend. Monica isn’t afraid to break all the rules, prefers to make art rather than watch Netflix and thinks Julie’s a creative genius. Best of all, she’s really into Julie. The only trouble is they can’t agree on one thing – that Julie is the problem.

What follows is a one-hour story about one woman’s struggle with her sense of self, love, expectation and her mental health all while dealing with her mother’s terminal illness.

The work is surprisingly funny, insightful, and deeply moving.

Reviews from New York and Dublin, Ireland:

Julie Gieseke is a performance artist and writer from San Francisco. Her autobiographical work, notable for being both moving and hilariously funny,  has been performed internationally. She has gained an avid and loyal following for her no-holds-barred and courageously authentic true stories. Gieseke has been featured at  Frigid New York Festival, International Dublin Gay theater Festival, San Francisco  Solo Performance Festival,, Vancouver Fringe Festival,  Cincinnati Fringe Festival, and the Toronto Soulo Festival, Toronto.

Julie studied solo performance  with Martha Rymberg, Tanya Taylor Rubinstein, Ann Randolph and Tracey Erin Smith and is working in collaboration with Nina Wise on her current shows.

Julie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts and Film and Video Production from UC Santa Cruz.

Julie  went on to earn a Masters in Organizational Management and Development from Fielding Graduate University. In addition to working as a performer, Julie coaches and consults individuals and corporations in storytelling, creativity, and strategic visioning. Her clients include,  Facebook, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Apple, Stanford, the University of California, and Cal State University.


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