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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: WALT FIT

CFF18_Walt Fit logoWALT FIT
Part of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival ’18
The Mini Microcinema
[Over-the-Rhine]

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.

  • Wed, May 30 at 7:45pm
  • Fri, June 1 at 7:45pm
  • Sat, June 2 at 4:45pm
  • Mon, June 4 at 6:30pm
  • Wed, June 6 at 8:30pm
  • Fri, June 8 at 7:45pm
  • Sat, June 9 at 4:45pm & 7:45pm

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

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CFF17: My Fringe Schedule: Day 8

Heading into the home stretch, I’m seeing two new participant performance tonight.

CFF_Where There Were WoodsFrom Seattle, Samara Lerman offers WHERE THERE WERE WOODS:

What happens when your family lineage stops with you? What happens to the stories and memories of generations past? When the ghost of her grandmother starts visiting her at night, Samara is compelled to travel through interwoven family stories of survival. WHERE THERE WERE WOODS is a train-hopping, border-crossing story of danger, adventure, magic, loss, and the power of storytelling.

CFF_Wilderness SurvivalThen it’s Jimmy Grzelak from Philadelphia with WILDERNESS SURVIVAL:

Jimmy Grzelak is an Eagle Scout, spiritual voyager, and “winningly offbeat imagination” (Washington Post). Sometime in the early 2000s, somewhere in rural America, young Jimmy was initiated into the ways of a world ruled by adolescent boys. In 2017, older Jimmy woke up and realized that knowledge is now nationally relevant. He comes to Cincinnati to do his duty as a scout – to serve as your guide into the wild.

 

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WILDERNESS SURVIVAL a Part of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival

CFF_Wilderness Survivaljimmygrzelak.com

About the show:

  • Where best to pee.
  • How to live in someone’s house without them being aware.
  • The spiritual significance of Tang (TM).

Jimmy Grzelak is an Eagle Scout, spiritual voyager, and “winningly offbeat imagination” (Washington Post). Sometime in the early 2000s, somewhere in rural America, young Jimmy was initiated into the ways of a world ruled by adolescent boys. In 2017, older Jimmy woke up and realized that knowledge is now nationally relevant. He comes to Cincinnati to do his duty as a scout – to serve as your guide into the wild.

What:
WILDERNESS SURVIVAL at Cincy Fringe

Where & When:
Memorial Hall Studio

  • Thu, June 1 at 7:45pm
  • Fri, June 2 at 7pm
  • Sun, June 4 at 8:30pm
  • Wed, June 7 at 8:30pm
  • Sat, June 10 at 9pm

For tickets visit: https://knowtheatre.vbotickets.com/event/Wilderness_Survival_from_Jimmy_Grzelak_Philadelphia_PA/20135

 

Creator Bio
Jimmy Grzelak is a practical theologian and theater artist. Immediately after turning in his final college paper, Jimmy launched the U.S.-Canada tour of his solo show mostly about the Boy Scouts titled HOW TO BE A TERRORIST (DCMTA Best of Fringe). In 2013-2014, he spent one year traveling Eurasia by train, living with and learning from some of the newest religious groups in the world with the support of a Florence Chandler fellowship, which funds 365 days of independent study and international travel undertaken with “imagination, moral sensitivity and resourcefulness.” In 2015, Jimmy developed – in collaboration with NYC-based set designer Cate McCrea – a touring gastro-liturgical event, ST. JIMMY CELEBRATES “The Food at Our Feet” (DCTMA Best of Fringe, Favorite Solo Show, Favorite Performer, Favorite Show; Pittsburgh Fringe National Award). Now, Jimmy lives in Philadelphia, performing and working on projects there and elsewhere.

Press for Jimmy’s previous touring fringe festival works

“Wunderkind of weird… a force of nature, a kind of cynical Peter Pan…the eerie spirit child of Brian Wilson and Yma Sumac.” -Washington City Paper

“A winningly offbeat imagination.” -Washington Post

“Balls.” -Mobtreal.com

“In awe… reminiscent of Freddie Mercury. ★★★★★ ” -DCMTA

“Smart, nimble-footed humor… keep an eye on him – it will certainly be worth following him down the next trail.” -DC Theatre Scene

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