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2015 Pick of the Fringe Awards

CFF_DungeonI tried to make the rounds on my way out the door tonight, but for anyone I missed, thanks for making this year’s Fringe Festival so much fun.

Now without any further ado, congratulations to this year’s Pick of the Fringe Award Winners.

  • Audience Pick of the Fringe: DUNGEON from Hit the Lights Dad Theater Co.
  • Audience Pick of FringeNext: ESCAPE ROUTES from Teenage Talk Productions
  • Critics Pick of the Fringe: MOONLIGHT AFTER MIDNIGHT from Concrete Drops Theatre Company
  • Artists Pick of the Fringe: KISS AROUND, PASS AROUND from Shoshinz
  • Full Frontal Pick of the Fringe: EDGAR ALLAN from The Coldharts
  • Producers Pick of the Fringe: CHEMISTRY from The Cake Shop Theater Company

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Second Saturday Fringe Update (Sell-Outs for Sat and SERIALS 3 Titles)

KTC_Serials 3 logoThe final day of the 2015 Cincinnati Fringe Festival is upon us. Sad panda 😦

On Friday, there was one sold out performance, and that was MOONLIGHT AFTER MIDNIGHT. I’d highly encourage you to catch the last performance today EXCEPT, Saturday’s performance has already sold out. Also selling out their final performance today is EDGAR ALLAN.

If only someone had told you that these two were the two most buzzed about shows of the festival a week ago. 🙂

Even with the sold out performances, there are still 21 other fringe shows to choose from today. It’s not too late to get your Fringe on.

During Friday’s Fringe News, the titles and playwrights for SERIALS 3: ROUNDHOUSE were announced.

The twist for this go around, each week they switch which playwright is writing which story, so not even the original authors know where each show is headed.

The titles and starting playwrights are:

  • HANGING WITH BEN from John Bromels
  • #RoxyBalboa from Andy Simpson and Alexx Rouse
  • IN THE WEEDS from Kate Fine
  • THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE ELDERLY from Robert Macke
  • FIRE DOWN BELOW from Ben Dudley

Look for more details on the shows next week, but plan on joining in on the fun. Episode dates are June 29, July 13, Aug. 3, Aug. 17 and Aug. 31. ROUNDHOUSE season passes are available for $60.

Finally, if you need a little help dealing with your post-Fringe blues, the Know Theatre’s bar will be open from noon-6pm on Sunday. Stop down and share your Fringe 2015 war stories over a drink or two.

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Monday Fringe Update (Seven Sell Outs)

Sunday’s full day of performances brought a swarm of people down to Over-the-Rhine, resulting in seven sell-out performances.

CFF_Edgar AllanThe Coldharts’ EDGAR ALLAN sold out its second consecutive performance on Sunday.

Eleven year old Edgar Allan has one goal: to be the most remarkable boy at boarding school. He has only one obstacle: Edgar Allan. A manic lullabye inspired by the childhood and short stories of Edgar Allan Poe..

Two performances remain. I recommend purchasing your tickets in advance.

  • Thur, June 4 at 8:40pm
  • Sat, June 6 at 7:25pm

CFF_Moonlight After MidnightBuzzed about MOONLIGHT AFTER MIDNIGHT by Concrete Drops Theatre Company enjoyed their first sell-out.

Love, loss, memory, and mystery intertwine when a beautiful woman and a secretive man enact scenes from a relationship in the private theater of a midnight hotel room.

Two more chances to catch this one. I’ll be in the audience on Friday.

  • Fri, June 5 at 6:30pm
  • Sat, June 6 at 8:40pm
Photos by Jillian Beach.

Photos by Jillian Beach.

Also receiving its second completely full house was SHELTER, a collaboration between local groups Pones Inc. and Queen City Flash.

At the end of the world, a teenage couple seek refuge in a backyard fallout shelter. As lights flicker and sirens blare, their internment reveals the cracks between them and their reliance on each other. They soon discover that survival isn’t what you escape, but what you bring with you.

Their final two performances are:

  • Mon, June 1 at 6:30pm
  • Thur, June 4 at 9:00pm

CFF_SquaresSQUARES received its second sell out with its final performance on Sunday.

The rules of the playground were simple: play nice, play fair, and have fun. But the rules of life? More complicated. Play nice, and you’re not assertive enough; play fair, and fall behind. And only winners have fun. Sometimes it seems like the bullies are still king. That hardly seems fair, or right, or… American. Can you retake the blacktop and square game, for all of us?

But fear not. Dog & Pony DC is bringing its production of BEERTOWN to the Know Main Stage in March of 2016.

CFF_Tales Too Tall For TrailersFringe-favorite Paul Strickland, teamed this year with Erika Kate MacDonald, are looking for a hat trick tomorrow night after their second consecutive sold out performance of TALES TOO TALL FOR TRAILERS.

Trailer-park tall-tales for adults that kids can enjoy too! Paul Strickland (Ain’t True and Uncle False, Papa Squat’s Store of Sorts) and Erika Kate MacDonald join forces in this off-kilter musical comedy full of funny songs, strange southern stories, shadow puppetry and more!

Three shows remain:

  • Tue, June 2 at 8:25pm
  • Wed, June 3 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, June 5 at 8:15pm

CFF_We Gotta Cheer Up GaryFringe-veterans Four Humors, LLC performed to a sitting-room only packed house with WE GOTTA CHEER UP GARY.

Thanks for purchasing the UltimateCheerUp® package from Four Humors, LLC. When it comes to being professionally cheered up, we know you have lots of options, so thanks for choosing us to do it right. With more than 10 years of professional cheer-up experience, we guarantee 100% satisfaction! Our trained staff will be on hand to cheer up your FRIEND, GARY at the CINCINNATIFRINGEFESTIVAL on DAYOFWEEK, MAY 26 – JUNE 6 at TBA o’clock. See you then!

Three more shows this week:

  • Wed, June 3 at 9:10pm
  • Fri, June 5 at 9:20pm
  • Sat, June 6 at 3:00pm

CFF_You Seem Pretty GreatClosing out the list is YOU SEEM PRETTY GREAT by returning Fringer Mike Fotis.

YOU SEEM PRETTY GREAT is a storytelling show about dogs and meeting new people and not worrying so much and believing that we all have an amazing story in us! YSPG combines storytelling, improv and audience participation into one unique and hilarious audience experience. It’s basically a total giggle fest.

Mike is doing double duty this Fringe as he is also performing in WE GOTTA CHEER UP GARY. You have three more chances to catch his solo show:

  • Tue, June 2 at 6:30pm
  • Thur, June 4 at 7:45pm
  • Sat, June 6 at 7:30pm

Six more days of performances to go. Take the plunge!

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My 2015 Cincy Fringe Show Rankings

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

  1. MOONLIGHT AFTER MIDNIGHT
  2. HITCHHIKERS MAY BE INMATES | Review
  3. HEARD | Review
  4. TALES TOO TALL FOR TRAILERS | Review
  5. EDGAR ALLAN | Review
  6. OCCUPATIONAL PLEASURES
  7. CHEMISTRY
  8. DOG SHOW | Review
  9. KISS AROUND PASS AROUND | Review
  10. ZOMBIE-LOGUE | Review
  11. CODA (CHILDREN OF DEAF ADULTS)
  12. CODY CLARK: A DIFFERENT WAY OF THINKING | Review
  13. DUNGEON | Review
  14. PREFER NOT TO SAY
  15. !KE: /XARRA //KE A NEW AFRICAN FOLK TALE
  16. FIXATE
  17. YOU SEEM PRETTY GREAT
  18. MOUTHY BITCH
  19. THE FAMOUS HAYDELL SISTERS COMEBACK TOUR
  20. CATHEDRAL CITY | Review
  21. SHIRTZENCOCKLE
  22. WE GOTTA CHEER UP GARY
  23. VALIDATE ME
  24. RADIO GOMORRAH LIVE!
  25. METH: A LOVE STORY | Review
  26. DOWN AMONG THE VULTURES | Review

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Friday Fringe Update

On Thursday, the second day of performances, the 2015 Fringe had it’s first sell out.

Photos by Jillian Beach.

Photos by Jillian Beach.

SHELTER, a collaboration between Pones Inc.and Queen City Flash, is a theater/dance mashup.

At the end of the world, a teenage couple seek refuge in a backyard fallout shelter. As lights flicker and sirens blare, their internment reveals the cracks between them and their reliance on each other. They soon discover that survival isn’t what you escape, but what you bring with you.

Remaining performances are:

  • Sat, May 30 at 4:25pm
  • Sun, May 31 at 4:25pm
  • Mon, June 1 at 6:30pm
  • Thur, June 4 at 9:00pm

CFF_Moonlight After Midnight

After the opening performances on Wednesday, the buzz-worthy show of the night was MOONLIGHT AFTER MIDNIGHT. It’s latest award was being named the pick of the Orlando Fringe.

Love, loss, memory, and mystery intertwine when a beautiful woman and a secretive man enact scenes from a relationship in the private theater of a midnight hotel room.

The second of five performances for this husband/wife duo is tonight:

  • Wed, May 27 at 8:00pm
  • Fri, May 29 at 6:30pm
  • Sun, May 31 at 1:15pm
  • Fri, June 5 at 6:30pm
  • Sat, June 6 at 8:40pm

CFF_Edgar AllanThe show that was the talk at the Know bar Thursday night was EDGAR ALLAN by husband and wife duo, The Coldharts. Fringe fans may remember them from last year’s sell-out entry, The Legend of White Woman Creek.

Eleven year old Edgar Allan has one goal: to be the most remarkable boy at boarding school. He has only one obstacle: Edgar Allan. A manic lullabye inspired by the childhood and short stories of Edgar Allan Poe.

For EDGAR ALLAN, four performances remain:

  • Sat, May 30 at 8:00pm
  • Sun, May 31 at 4:30pm
  • Thur, June 4 at 8:40pm
  • Sat, June 6 at 7:25pm

I hope to see you at the fringe this weekend.

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