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DOWN AMONG THE VULTURES Review

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

DOWN AMONG THE VULTURES presented by as part of the 2015 Cincinnati Fringe Festival.

You can read the show description here.

To be honest, when I read the word “poetic” in a show description, my experience translates that into “over-written.” Unfortunately, DOWN AMONG THE VULTURES proves my experience correct. I found the characters to be way too verbose and the word choices didn’t feel appropriate to these modestly-educated folks in the rust belt.

The opening rant monologue of Waylon Simms doesn’t offer much in terms of exposition as he staggers around the stage in a hospital gown (in his own home?) sometimes dragging an IV stand, which he’s not connected to. Played by Andrew Hamling, I felt the performance was a bit over the top or perhaps too big for the venue.

The second scene is heavy with exposition and connects the dots from some of Waylon’s ramblings, which is good. But it does make me question the need and purpose of the first scene. Bradley Jennings Evans does solid character work as Oswald Motherwell. As written, Waylon’s unambitious children Lars (Michael Perrie Jr.) and Mindy-Lou (Laura Madden) are thinly-defined and spend most of the show lamenting their circumstances. Ave M. Lindon looks great for the role of ex-wife and mother Tammy-Maye Simms, but aside from the reference to vodka in her water bottle, doesn’t behave like the alcoholic, pill-popper her children describe.

The last scene of the show is a flashback to the characters last “family” dinner that doesn’t build to…anything.

Overall an odd pieces that doesn’t quite reach the heights of dark comedy it was aiming for. Three performances remain through June 6.

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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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Green Hills Theatre Collective Comes Home with DOWN AMONG THE VULTURES

CFF_Down Among the Vultures promoGreen Hills Theatre Collective presents
DOWN AMONG THE VULTURES
A dark song of rust, loss and cat litter.

After an accidental cat litter mogul in a rust belt town kills himself, his fortune is willed to an exotic pet condor, leaving his family to drift in the wake of his death. Down Among the Vultures, by brandon thomas disabatino, is a poetic, dark comedy about desperation, decay and the assassination of an endangered species.

Bradley Jennings Evans & Laura Madden, Co-Founders Green Hills Theatre Collective

Directed by Lacy Reily
Featuring Bradley Jennings Evans, Andrew Hamling, Ave Lindon, Laura Madden, & Michael Perrie Jr.

Performances
Saturday May 30th @ 9pm
Sunday May 31st @ 3pm
Tuesday June 2nd @ 6:30pm
Thursday June 4th @ 7:45pm
Saturday June 6th @ 1pm

Venue
17 East Court Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Green Hills Theatre Collective was founded in 2013 by Kentucky transplants Laura Madden and Bradley Jennings Evans. After graduating in 2012 with their Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre from Northern Kentucky University, both Laura and Bradley moved to New York City to pursue their careers in theatre. After months of solo work, Madden and Evans teamed up to begin working on their inaugural production of “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea” by John Patrick Shanley. After a short-lived down period after the close of “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea”, GHTC got involved with a close friend, and poet, Brandon DiSabatino while he began bringing pieces of scenes to them to look at. Right away, GHTC knew this piece was something fresh and raw that they wanted to dig further into. So after many months of workshopping, a staged read, and a few revisions to the script, GHTC began submitting the piece to Fringe Festivals throughout the United States. A pick for both Capitol Fringe in Washington, D.C. and Cincinnati Fringe, GHTC is more than thrilled to bring this piece “back home” and perform it as a part of one of the best Fringe Festivals in the U.S.

GHTC looks to challenge the pedestrian dead-end of young artists in the city by performing works that portray the unnattractive, everyday, messy relationships that bind us together. GHTC aims to allow artist’s to expand their knowledge and craft of theatre while building off of established and new works that challenge growth in all aspects of production. With a strong base in exploration and collaboration through the rehearsal process, GHTC strives to bring a strong and poignant product to their audiences.

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CFF15: DOWN AMONG THE VULTURES

CFF_Down Among the VulturesDOWN AMONG THE VULTURES
Presented as part of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival ’15
17 E. Court
Downtown

Directed by Lacy Reily

Cast: Bradley Jennings Evans, Andrew Hamling, Ave Lindon, Laura Madden, & Michael Perrie Jr.

After an accidental cat litter mogul in a rust belt town kills himself, his fortune is willed to an exotic pet condor, leaving his family to drift in the wake of his death. DOWN AMONG THE VULTURES by brandon thomas disabatino, is a poetic, dark comedy about desperation, decay and the assassination of an endangered species.

  • Sat, May 30 at 9:00pm
  • Sun, May 31 at 3:00pm
  • Tue, June 2 at 6:30pm
  • Thur, June 4 at 7:45pm
  • Sat, June 6 at 1:00pm

Official page | Facebook event | Press release |

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