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CFF18: My Fringe Show Rankings

Updated 6/14/18 10am

CFF18_Cover art logoI have reached that point in the Fringe Festival where I become woefully behind in reviews vs. productions I’ve seen.

Below I am ranking the shows I’ve attended to date, based on a number of criteria from the voices in my head. 🙂 Please understand that differences between shows in the rankings can be infinitesimal.

Links to reviews added as they become available.

  1. OF MONSTER DESCENTReview
  2. MUSICAL CHAIRS
  3. MORTEM CAPIENDUM
  4. EDDIE POE
  5. ONE MORE BAD THING
  6. BILLY: THE HAUNTING OF WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT
  7. THE BUREAU
  8. BAD POETRY NIGHT
  9. SHE BURIED THE PISTOL
  10. ALL WE HAVE BORNE
  11. SHOW UP
  12. H2O: A Play About Water
  13. PLEASE SHUFFLE THE CARDS
  14. THE NEW ADVENTURES OF CALLIOPE JONES AND CAPTAIN COOL
  15. CURIE ME AWAY!
  16. THERE AIN’T NO MORE
  17. THE BLACKFACE PROJECT
  18. DOPPELBANGER
  19. TAKE FLIGHT: AN ADVENTURE IN CIRQUE
  20. EXTRASHVAGANZA!
  21. VAN GOGH FIND YOURSELF
  22. THE GOSPEL OF BARRABAS
  23. THE MOUNTAINS DID QUAKE, THE HILLSIDES DID TREMBLE
  24. DELIVERY
  25. FADEAWAY GIRL
  26. THE AMPHIBIAN
  27. VOX BOX
  28. ANNALISE
  29. APHRODITE’S REFUGEES
  30. THE WHITEST BABY IN ALL OF AFRICA
  31. THE LAST DRAG
  32. THRIVE IRL
  33. WALT FIT
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CFF18: My Fringe Schedule: Day 3

CFF18_The Mountains Did Quake logoFirst up tonight is Animal Engine’s THE MOUNTAINS DID QUAKE, THE HILLSIDE DID TREMBLE. This husband and wife team from Minneapolis, Minnesota have a special place in my Fringy-heart and their 2013 show “Petunia and Chicken” is still one of my all time favorite.

In an authoritarian society where individuality is oppressed in favor of obedience to an all-powerful dictator, the ancient epic of Gilgamesh is told as an act of underground rebellion. From the award-winning creators of “Petunia and Chicken” and “Darlings.”

CFF18_Walt Fit logoI follow that up with WALT FIT, a new offering from returning solo artist Jimmy Grzelak, hailing from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Walt Fit is a self-care-healthcare exercise system for everybody. In 1858, famously lofty poet Walt Whitman released an inspirational self-help health-and-beauty book. It was soon after lost to time. Until now. Reanimate this zombie path to total wellness– attend this seated transformational dance party led by Jimmy Grzelak, “winningly offbeat imagination” (Washington Post) and 2017 Citybeat Critic’s Pick.

CFF18_ExTrashVaganza Erika Kate MacDonald Paul Strickland Photo By Dan Winters

Erika MacDonald & Paul Strickland in ExTrashVaganza!. Photo by Dan Winters.

I’m finishing off Friday with ExTrashVaganza! from personal and Fringe favorite Theatre Mobile.

“You threw it away. Now pick it up and make something of yourself.

Paul Strickland (“Balls of Yarns” – Critics’ Pick of the Fringe Winner 2017) and Erika Kate MacDonald (“Ice Candle” – Critics’ Pick of the Fringe Winner 2016) team up in this STRANGE-SATIONAL PUPPET MUSICAL COMEDY DELIGHT for adults!

Come help Erika and Paul make a beautiful future out of the discarded past.”

 

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CFF18: THE MOUNTAINS DID QUAKE, THE HILLSIDES DID TREMBLE

CFF18_The Mountains Did Quake logoTHE MOUNTAINS DID QUAKE, THE HILLSIDES DID TREMBLE
Part of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival ’18
Art Academy Commons
[Over-the-Rhine]

Written & performed by Carrie Brown & Karim Muasher

In an authoritarian society where individuality is oppressed in favor of obedience to an all-powerful dictator, the ancient epic of Gilgamesh is told as an act of underground rebellion. From the award-winning creators of “Petunia and Chicken” and “Darlings.”

  • Fri, June 1 at 6:30pm
  • Sun, June 3 at 2:45pm
  • Wed, June 6 at 7pm
  • Thu, June 7 at 8:30pm
  • Sat, June 9 at 8:30pm

Official page | Press release | Facebook page | Facebook event | Official website

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My 2016 Cincy Fringe Show Rankings

Updated 6/13/16

CFF_We Did It Girl logoI have reached that point in the Fringe Festival where I become woefully behind in reviews vs. productions I’ve seen.

Below I am ranking the shows I’ve attended to date. Links to reviews added as they become available.

  1. WE DID IT, GIRL!
  2. BOO-BOO
  3. CESSNA: A Drama Noir | Review
  4. DARLINGS | Review
  5. UNREPENTANT NECROPHILE | Review
  6. ICE CANDLE
  7. BABY MAMA
  8. NAKED STRANGERS | Review
  9. FRUIT FLIES LIKE A BANANA
  10. MY LEFT TEETH
  11. FURLESQUE
  12. COSMIC NOMAD
  13. RYAN & ALICE?
  14. DADDY ISSUES
  15. SHENATRA!
  16. SHIT MEN HAVE SAID
  17. SQUEEZE IT FROM THE MIDDLE
  18. PUNK’S NOT DEAD AND NEITHER IS SAM (YET)
  19. GOLCONDA
  20. THE 4TH GRADERS PRESENT AN UNNAMED LOVE-SUICIDE
  21. THE FAINTING ROOM
  22. THE BISCUITEATER
  23. TESLA EX MACHINA | Review
  24. PLEASE, CALL ME CUPCAKE
  25. VELOUR
  26. THE SECRETS OF AVONDALE FALLS
  27. OTHER BOTHER | Review
  28. I HATE IT HERE | Review
  29. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S MOST BRUTAL TRAGEDY: MEASURE FOR MEASURE
  30. BLACK-N-WHITE CAFE
  31. WOODY VS. MIA VS. GWYNETH VS COLDPLAY
  32. GOSPEL OF FAT KATHY
  33. TWIGGY FARTDUST AND HER NEMESIS FROM MARS

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DARLINGS Review

Links to all reviews can be found using the REVIEWS link at the top of the page. Blog postings, links and more are available on my Facebook fan page. You can also receive updates on Twitter from @BTCincyRob.

DARLINGS presented by Animal Engine as part of the 2016 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. You can read the show description here.

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Karim Musasher & Carrie Brown as the Darlings.

This year, the husband and wife duo of Karim Musasher & Carrie Brown tackle a re-imagining of Peter Pan with their unique, performance style.

The year-long disappearance of Wendy, John and Michael weighs heavily in the hearts and minds of their parents, the Darlings. As they struggle to cope with not knowing their children’s fate, the two find solace in the adventure their children must be having.

Imaginatively staged with strongly-connected performances, the duo again switches between multiple characters with well-practiced ease. All costume, set and prop pieces and smartly chosen and serve multiple-purposes. My only complaint: I would have liked to have seen a bit more time devoted to the story of the Darlings at the expense of the story of Peter Pan.*

Overall a heartfelt, touching and bittersweet tale, well-told. Four performances remain through June 11.

*This sentence was added after my initial review was posted. -Rob

I would enjoy hearing what you think about the show or my review. All I ask is that you express your opinion without attacking someone else’s opinion. You can post your comments below.

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