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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: BILLY: THE HAUNTING OF WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT

CFF18_ Billy logoBILLY: THE HAUNTING OF WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT
Part of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival ’18
MEMO Studio
[Over-the-Rhine]

Written by Sean P. Mette
Directed by Audrey A. MacNeil

Cast: Hannah Gregory, Miranda McGee, Spenser Smith & Sean P. Mette as William Howard Taft

Inspired by historical events, Billy: the Haunting of William Howard Taft follows the President-elect on one of the wildest nights of his life. As Taft falls victim to deception, manipulation and trickery he quickly learns a valuable lesson: never trust a possum. Billy: the Haunting of William Howard Taft is directed by Audrey A. MacNeil and featuring Sean P. Mette as William Howard Taft.

  • Wed, May 30 at 7pm
  • Fri, June 1 at 9pm
  • Sat, June 2 at 7:45pm
  • Thu, June 7 at 7pm
  • Sat, June 9 at 4pm

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

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CFF17: My Fringe Show Rankings

Updated 6/11/17 8:15am

CFF_Larry 13_2_2

Katie Mitchell as Larry and Rory Sheridan as Keagan in LARRY 13:2 from Muwhahaha Productions. Photo by Erika NJ Allen.

I 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. LARRY 13:2 | Review
  2. GOD OF OBSIDIAN | Review
  3. THE DISAPPEARANCE OF NICOLE JACOBS, PART 1: THE SISTER | Review
  4. GEN AND MABEL
  5. BALLS OF YARNS
  6. LADY MACBETH AND HER PAL, MEGAN
  7. BUSTED BUMPERS AND OTHER METAPHORS 
  8. 8 X 10
  9. IS THAT ALL THERE IS? | Review
  10. THE PINK HULK: One Woman’s Journey to Find the Superhero Within 
  11. WHERE THERE WERE WOODS
  12. WHITE PRIVILEDGE
  13. SPY IN THE HOUSE OF MEN
  14. ROMEO + JULIET + ANYBODYS
  15. pet fish are for killing by accident somehow it’s really quite inevitable
  16. VELVETEEN: OR HOW TO BE REAL
  17. MY DARLING DILOPHOSAURUS | Review
  18. ZELDA AND HADLEY: TOGETHER AT LAST
  19. SUMATRAN RHINO
  20. THE MONSTER SONGS
  21. WILDERNESS SURVIVAL 
  22. TOTALLY UNTRUE STORIES – TOTALLY UNLIKE ANY NOCTURNAL FLYING INSECT
  23. KATES
  24. BED (A FEVER DREAM)
  25. mOTHER
  26. HOME
  27. INVISIBLE GIRL
  28. NINE SHORT PLAYS FOR THE THEATRE
  29. VAPERS AT THE GATE
  30. FIGHT FOR 52¢   

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CFF17: MY DARLING DILOPHOSAURUS Review

MY DARLING DILOPHOSAURUS presented by Autumn Kaleidoscope as part of the 2017 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. You can read the show description here

CFF_My Darling DilophosaurusLove, loss and what a dinosaur?!?!?

Autumn Kaleidoscope takes a tongue-in-cheek look at love and obsession with this year’s entry, MY DARLING DILOPHOSAURUS.

Laura Berkemeier is appropriately perky and distracted as dinosaur-obsessed Artie. As Claudia, the put-upon girlfriend, Sara Kenny finds a good balance between love and exasperation. Always fun on stage is Andrew Ian Adams as Edward who serves as semi-clueless friend, confidant, and enabler to Artie.

In their multiple supporting characters’ roles, Kenny, Adams, and Cassidy Steele are appropriately quirky and over-the-top and generate some great laugh-out-loud moments.

The scene stealer of the show is Deanna the Dilophosaurus, well-managed by her handlers: Michael Galusick and Mandy Goodwin.

The script by Sean P. Mette is cute and clever, but could be a bit more focused. For me, a brief, final scene between Artie and Claudia could have been more satisfying.

Fun, funny and family friendly, four performances remain through June 10.

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CFF17: My Fringe Schedule: Day 1

Day One of performances of the 2016 Cincinnati Fringe Festival kicks off tonight.

I taking the three show track for my first evening.

CFF_My Darling DilophosaurusUp first is MY DARLING DILOPHOSAURUS from Autumn Kaleidoscope, who last year brought “Furlesque” to the Cincy Fringe stage:

 

Amateur paleontologist, Artemis “Artie” Lattimer, is obsessed with dinosaurs. Her fiancée would like her to pay more attention to something that hasn’t been extinct for 115 million years. After some progress, Artie’s life gets unexpectedly turned upside down when she becomes the parent of a baby dilophosaurus. To win back her fiancée and show that she can be responsible, Artie comes up with the only plan to save the relationship: Win the State Pet Competition!

 

CFF_The Disappearance logoThe second performance of the evening is THE DISAPPEARANCE OF NICOLE JACOBS, PART 1: THE SISTER by Queen City Flash’s husband and wife team of Bridget Leak & Trey Tatum. The cast includes Miranda McGee, Henry Eden & Cassie Delicath.

Everything in Crystal’s life has stalled since her sister, Nicole, disappeared in the woods behind their house. Since then, her family’s focus has been on running the Volunteer Center in charge of the search for Nicole. Now, months later, on the day the Volunteer Center closes, Crystal’s life is changing again as she searches for meaning in a life post-Nicole.

Previous original fringe productions include: THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS (2016), SHELTER with Pones, Inc. (2015) and SLUT SHAMING (2014).

CFF_Larry 132Rounding out my first night is LARRY 13:2 from the newly formed Muwhahaha Productions.

On a stormy night, a man who isn’t a doctor, waits in a hotel room that isn’t very nice, for a girl who isn’t what she seems. Her request may threaten his understanding of choice and alter his world for better or worse. By turns playful and blasphemous, the conversation builds to a decision that hinges on belief in oneself and humanity’s ability to change. Larry, chapter 13, verse 2: “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers…”

LARRY 13:2 is written by Tracy Hoida and directed by Rebecca Bromels. The two-person cast is comprised of Katie Mitchell & Rory Sheridan. Fans of Know Theatre’s SERIALS may remember Hoida’s entry of “Archie and the Ashes.”

I hope you have a chance to make it down to Over-the-Rhine and catch a show or ten. Feel free to say hello. Happy Fringing.

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