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CFF17: My Fringe Schedule: Day 4

Much to do today before I head down to OTR. (Mabel can’t drive herself to the dog park dont’ cha know.) Short and sweet, today I am seeing:

CFF_Busted BumpersBUSTED BUMPERS AND OTHER METAPHORS, written and perfomed by local performer Alexx Rouse. Rouse may be the first FringeNext entrant (2012-YOU WILL HAVE 25 MINUTES) who graduated into the primary line-up.

We all have those friends who tell us every detail about their lives. That person isn’t usually your father. Told in entries taking place on the car rides to school, BUSTED BUMPERS AND OTHER METAPHORS is a heartfelt, funny one woman show about what it’s like to realize that maybe your perfect nuclear family isn’t exactly all it’s cracked up to be. So hop in the car with Alexx. There’s White Castle in here.

CFF_Fight for 52 logoAlso in 2012, Howard Petrick made his first appearance at the Cincy Fringe with BREAKING RANK! His entry this year is called FIGHT FOR 52¢:

V. R. Dunne’s whole life and character had prepared him for the Minneapolis truck drivers strike of 1934. The workers knew him as a good organizer, who smoked union-made cigarettes, was fond of the movies, didn’t get drunk, and was honest. He never raised his voice or wrote someone off without giving them a chance. The men followed his leadership and many of them, if the occasion offered, would be willing to die for him.

CFF_HomeBen Dudley, best know for his unique sense of humor, offers a psychological thriller this year with HOME:

Rachel struggles to write her next book after a home invasion leaves her unable to feel safe. Hoping to work in peace, she takes a job watching a vacationing couple’s apartment, but is distracted by a suspicious neighbor, Tasha. Slowly, both women become convinced something nefarious happened to the Coopers. From the artists responsible for BOO-BOO (2016) and OCCUPATIONAL PLEASURES (2015) comes a psychological thriller told through text and live sound effects.

Directed by Buz Davis, the cast includes David Levy, Mark Bowen, Tricia Allen & Leah Strasser.

CFF_Spy in the House of Men_1x1From Rochester, NY is SPY IN THE HOUSE OF MEN, written and performed by Penny Sterling:

Forgo the frill, abandon pretension, and dig in for 50 minutes of humble and humorous insight as Penny Sterling relates the very true story of her fictitious life as a man, and her true life as a transgender woman. Rochester comedienne, parent, TV producer/director, improv artist, storyteller, and now informant, Penny will report the findings from her 54 years as a SPY IN THE HOUSE OF MEN.

CFF_Sumantran RhinoClosing out my night is SUMATRAN RHINO presented in partnership with local Hugo West Theatricals:

At one time, the numbers of the Sumatran Rhinoceros were in the thousands. The count has now dwindled to under a hundred. Our conservation efforts are being met with criticism, as there are ethical concerns, and we would like an opportunity to answer them. Please attend our conference as we explore the aspects of these issues and explain why this species is so vital. 

Written by Michael Douglas Hall and directed by Greg Proccacino, the cast includes Darnell Pierre Benjamin & Burgess Byrd.

There are 23 performances today. Make a trip down to Over-the-Rhine today and join the weirdness.

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CFF17: FIGHT FOR 52¢

CFF_Fight for 52 logoFIGHT FOR 52¢
Part of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival ’17
Coffee Emporium
Over-the-Rhine

Performed by Howard Petrick

V. R. Dunne’s whole life and character had prepared him for the Minneapolis truck drivers strike of 1934. The workers knew him as a good organizer, who smoked union-made cigarettes, was fond of the movies, didn’t get drunk, and was honest. He never raised his voice or wrote someone off without giving them a chance. The men followed his leadership and many of them, if the occasion offered, would be willing to die for him.

  • Wed, May 31 at 7:45pm
  • Sat, June 3 at 4:45pm
  • Sun, June 4 at 8:30pm
  • Fri, June 9 at 7pm
  • Sat, June 10 at 7pm

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

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BREAKING RANK! Review

Howard Petrick. Photo by Joe Osejo.

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BREAKING RANK! presented by Howard Petrick as part of the 2012 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. You can read the show description here.

In his one-man autobiographical show, Howard Petrick offers a very interesting perspective on his life in the military during the Vietnam War. Over the course of the play, Petrick portrays over 20 characters.

While well-rehearsed, I did find Petrick performance to be a bit flat. While the military monotone works for the military superiors and bureaucrats, I would have liked to see more energy and personality when he was portraying his contemporaries and especially himself. I’ve seen Petrick at the Fringe Bar Series and I’d like to have seen a bit more of his “everyday” self on stage to help connect with the audience.

My only issue with the script was that I never felt Petrick allowed us into his head. Where did his convictions come from? What did he hope to accomplish that first day when refusing to complete his paperwork? When did he decide to become an activist? A short coda dealing with these questions would have been of great interest to me.

Overall, a strong personal story that needs a bit more “oomph” in its delivery.

Click here for a complete list of show times, local media coverage and other reviews for BREAKING RANK!

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BREAKING RANK!

BREAKING RANK!
Presented as part of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival ’12
1317 Main
Over-the-Rhine 

Reviews: CityBeat | Enquirer | Behind the Curtain | Cincinnati Examiner |

The autobiographical solo show of a Vietnam-era draftee who fights against the military bureaucracy for his right to organize his fellow GIs against the war. “Petrick’s smooth writing and linear flow makes his story super-engaging and yes, very funny.” -Winnipeg Uptown. “It’s a dazzling display with a self-deprecating honesty.” -Kings River Life. “It’s an engaging tale, often funny…Petrick’s writing is strong…valuable as a piece of history in a time when for much of the population, Vietnam is just a vague, long-ago event.” -Fresno Bee “…relevant and real” -Culture Vulture Victoria “Fascinating… engaging.” -CBC

  • Wed, May 30 at 7:15pm
  • Fri, June 1 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, June 2 at 3:30pm
  • Tue, June 5 at 7pm
  • Fri, June 8 at 9pm

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