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Upcoming Slate of Fringe Encores Announced by Know Theatre of Cincinnati

CFF_logoIn this week’s newsletter, the Know Theatre of Cincinnati announced a slate or upcoming Fringe Encores.

Full details will be released soon, but you can plan on being able to catch the following productions one more time:

  • OCCUPATIONAL PLEASURES from Homegrown Theatre
  • CINDERBLOCK from Homegrown Theatre (technically part of SERIALS 2!: THUNDERDOME but as Chris Wesselman says, “whatevs.”)
  • dungeon from Hit the Lights, Dad! Theatre Company (2015 Audience Pick of the Fringe!)
  • HUNGRY MOTHER from Vodianoi
  • CODY CLARK: A DIFFERENT WAY OF THINKING from Cody Clark
  • CHEMISTRY from The Cake Shop Theatre Company (2015 Producer’s Pick of the Fringe!)
  • Paul’s Strickland’s Trailer Park Triology (AIN’T TRUE AND UNCLE FALSE, PAPA SQUAT’S STORE OF SORTS and TALES TOO TALE FOR TRAILERS)

Details have been announced for SHE’S CRAZY (AND OTHER MENTAL HEALTH MYTHS), running Sunday through Tuesday and A LITTLE BUSINESS AT THE BIG TOP coming Sept. 3-5.

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TALES TOO TALL FOR TRAILERS Review

Paul Strickland & Erika Kate MacDonald.

Paul Strickland & Erika Kate MacDonald.

Links 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.

TALES TOO TALL FOR TRAILERS presented by Mandamsel and Fellalady as part of the 2015 Cincinnati Fringe Festival.

You can read the show description here.

Paul Strickland’s musical story-telling made quite an impression, on Fringe audiences in 2013, with AIN’T TRUE AND UNCLE FALSE. Back then I called him the “troubadour of the trailer park” for his homespun humor and excellent word play.This year, Paul heads back to the trailer park to introduce his special lady to the family.

For this trip “home,” Paul is joined on stage by his partner in rhyme, Erika Kate MacDonald. The two have a charming and easy chemistry. The extra set of hands allows for the use of props and fun, simple visual elements in this year’s production.

As expected, laugh out loud funny, clever and touching. If you aren’t happy when you come in, you will be by the time you go out.

Two performances remain through June 5. Best bet for tickets is tonight’s (Wednesday’s) performance.

Also, be sure to mark your calendars for Know Main Stage production of Strickland’s musical comedy, ANDY’S HOUSE OF [BLANK] on Oct. 30-Nov. 14.

I would enjoy hearing what you think about the show or my review. All I ask is that you express your opinion without attacking someone else’s opinion. You can post your comments below.

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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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Sunday Fringe Update (Three Sell Outs)

The first Saturday of Fringe added three more sold out performances.

CFF_Radio Gomorrah LiveRADIO GOMORRAH LIVE! produced by local group The Burying Beetles sold out their third show.

It’s the future: Ecosystems in collapse. The One-Percent cavorts in Mercedes escape pods while the rest of us – enslaved by our micro-chip implants – roast rats over toxic waste fires. Only three people can save humanity: a foul-mouthed social dropout, a pathologically cheerful religious fanatic, and a Cyber-Babe with a past. It’s a radio serial, live on stage, with the audience as sound-effects artists. It’s Radio Gomorrah LIVE! It’s the future. Ooops.

You have two more changes to catch this one:

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

CFF_Edgar AllanAs I mentioned earlier this week, the buzz around The Coldharts’ EDGAR ALLAN has been strong. Saturday’s second performance was packed.

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..

I am catching their third performance this evening. All remaining performances:

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

CFF_Tales Too Tall For TrailersFan favorite Paul Strickland (AIN’T TRUE AND UNCLE FALSE and PAPA SQUAT’S STORE OF SORTS), has teamed with Erika Kate McDonald for this year’s TALES TOO TALL FOR TRAILERS. Unsurprisingly their first show sold out.

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!

I’ll be in the audience tonight. TRAILERS has four performances left.

  • Sun, May 31 at 6:30pm
  • Tue, June 2 at 8:25pm
  • Wed, June 3 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, June 5 at 8:15pm

There are 20 performances to choose from today. Individual tickets are $15, or try a One Night Stand Pass (two-shows and one drink pass) for $30. I hope to you out and about in OTR today.

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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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