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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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CFF15: YOU SEEM PRETTY GREAT

CFF_You Seem Pretty GreatYOU SEEM PRETTY GREAT
Presented as part of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival ’15
MOTR
Over-the-Rhine 

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.

  • Fri, May 29 at 7:45pm
  • Sun, May 31 at 3:25pm
  • Tue, June 2 at 6:30pm
  • Thur, June 4 at 7:45pm
  • Sat, June 6 at 7:30pm

Official page | Facebook event |

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CFF14: FOTIS CANYON

CFF_Fotis CanyonFOTIS CANYON
Presented as part of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival ’14
Gateways to Healing
Over-the-Rhine 

Mike sits in a chair and tells stories. Seriously. That’s all he does. You seem skeptical. Trust him. It works and it’s funny. Unless you need your performers to stand. Is that what you need? Do you NEED that? If you DON’T need that, then please come see this show about a train trip, Mother issues, sexual escapades and what it means to be a Fotis. NOTE: Mike might stand a few times during this show and is very nice and a little self deprecating, something his therapist would like him to stop doing.

  • Sat, May 31 at 7:30pm
  • Mon, June 2 at 7:45pm
  • Tue, June 3 at 8:30pm
  • Thu, June 5 at 9:15pm
  • Sat, June 7 at 7pm

Official page with online ticketing |

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