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OF MONSTER DESCENT Review (GYTN)

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OF MONSTER DESCENT presented by Queen City Flash as part of the 2018 Cincinnati Fringe Festival.

GYTN = Get You Tickets Now. Go ahead, follow the link, the review will still be here after you get back.

Writer/Director team Trey Tatum and Bridget Leak (“Slut Shaming” 2014 Artist Pick of the Fringe, “The Disappearance of Nicole Jacobs”) present a story about a family on the brink of collapse and the woodland beast that stalks just beyond their fence line. Set in a decaying Gulf Coast oasis, a young boy confronts family legacy and the untamed beyond in this otherworldly, lightning-lit, monster survival tale.

Sometimes the most successful solo shows at the Fringe are rooted in the performer’s personal history. When an artist takes the leap and exposes their vulnerability, the result can be amazing. Such is the case with OF MONSTER DECENT.

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Trey Tatum.

The script by Trey Tatum is extremely well-written. Pop culture and childhood experiences of family life in Alabama combine in an engaging, thought-provoking, yet genuinely laugh-out-loud funny sixty minutes.

His storytelling and emotional connection to the work is only strengthened by the direction of Bridget Leak. I really enjoy her eye for connecting the words to physical movement in a way that complements the work, without it becoming distracting or overwrought.

The end of the Thursday night performance was greeted with a well-deserved ovation from the sold-out audience.

Five performances remain at the FLC Lounge, one of the smaller Fringe venues:

  • Sat, June 2 at 9pm
  • Sun, June 3 at 7pm
  • Thu, June 7 at 7pm
  • Fri, June 8 at 8:30pm
  • Sat, June 9 at 4:45pm

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CFF18: My Fringe Schedule: Day 2

Tonight is the second night of Fringe performances, but my first due to a “magic carpet ride” last night.

CFF18_The Whitest Baby logoMy first show of the 2018 Fringe is THE WHITEST BABY IN ALL OF AFRICA. This FringeNext entry is created and produced by local high school students. Sam Kerns serves as the visionary and director, while Kealy Welage serves as producer of Welage & Kerns Productions.

THE WHITEST BABY IN ALL OF AFRICA follows the whitest couple in all of America, Angela and Elliot Osborne, who want to expand their family. They look into international adoption from the Congo, and embark on a journey that is like none other. The Whitest Baby in All of Africa explores the possibilities of having privilege, as well as the ugly truth.

CFF18_Aphrodites RefugeesA quick jog up two floors takes me to my second show, the world premiere of APHRODITE’S REFUGEES, from new participant MonTra Performance out of Bolder, Colorado:

Animation, storytelling & live art come together In APHRODITE’S REFUGEES to paint a dreamlike picture of a young Cypriot refugees as he and his family flee from their home. All while the ancient Greek Gods play a high-stakes game of cards. Developed from interviews from Cypriot refugees, APHRODITE’S REFUGEES was created by Monica Dionysiou, featuring visual artist Aaron Young. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Doctors Without Borders.

You can watch the trailer below:

CFF18_Of Monster DescentRounding out the hat trick for the evening is OF MONSTER DESCENT, this year’s entry by the local group Queen City Flash.

Writer/Director team Trey Tatum and Bridget Leak (SLUT SHAMING 2014 Artist Pick of the Fringe, THE DISAPPEARNCE OF NICOLE JACOBS) present a story about a family on the brink of collapse and the woodland beast that stalks just beyond their fence line. Set in a decaying Gulf Coast oasis, a young boy confronts family legacy and the untamed beyond in this otherworldly, lightning-lit, monster survival tale.

I hope you have a chance to make it down to Over-the-Rhine and catch a show or ten. Feel free to say hello. Happy Fringing.

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CFF18: OF MONSTER DESCENT

CFF18_Of Monster DescentOF MONSTER DESCENT
Part of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival ’18
FLC Lounge
[Over-the-Rhine]

Writer/Director team Trey Tatum and Bridget Leak (Slut Shaming 2014 Artist Pick of the Fringe, The Disappearance of Nicole Jacobs) present a story about a family on the brink of collapse and the woodland beast that stalks just beyond their fence line. Set in a decaying Gulf Coast oasis, a young boy confronts family legacy and the untamed beyond in this otherworldly, lightning-lit, monster survival tale.

  • Wed, May 30 at 8:30pm
  • Thu, May 31 at 9pm
  • Sat, June 2 at 9pm
  • Sun, June 3 at 7pm
  • Thu, June 7 at 7pm
  • Fri, June 8 at 8:30pm
  • Sat, June 9 at 4:45pm

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

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CFF17: My Fringe Show Rankings

Updated 6/11/17 8:15am

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Katie Mitchell as Larry and Rory Sheridan as Keagan in LARRY 13:2 from Muwhahaha Productions. Photo by Erika NJ Allen.

I 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. LARRY 13:2 | Review
  2. GOD OF OBSIDIAN | Review
  3. THE DISAPPEARANCE OF NICOLE JACOBS, PART 1: THE SISTER | Review
  4. GEN AND MABEL
  5. BALLS OF YARNS
  6. LADY MACBETH AND HER PAL, MEGAN
  7. BUSTED BUMPERS AND OTHER METAPHORS 
  8. 8 X 10
  9. IS THAT ALL THERE IS? | Review
  10. THE PINK HULK: One Woman’s Journey to Find the Superhero Within 
  11. WHERE THERE WERE WOODS
  12. WHITE PRIVILEDGE
  13. SPY IN THE HOUSE OF MEN
  14. ROMEO + JULIET + ANYBODYS
  15. pet fish are for killing by accident somehow it’s really quite inevitable
  16. VELVETEEN: OR HOW TO BE REAL
  17. MY DARLING DILOPHOSAURUS | Review
  18. ZELDA AND HADLEY: TOGETHER AT LAST
  19. SUMATRAN RHINO
  20. THE MONSTER SONGS
  21. WILDERNESS SURVIVAL 
  22. TOTALLY UNTRUE STORIES – TOTALLY UNLIKE ANY NOCTURNAL FLYING INSECT
  23. KATES
  24. BED (A FEVER DREAM)
  25. mOTHER
  26. HOME
  27. INVISIBLE GIRL
  28. NINE SHORT PLAYS FOR THE THEATRE
  29. VAPERS AT THE GATE
  30. FIGHT FOR 52¢   

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CFF17: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF NICOLE JACOBS: PART 1: THE SISTER Review

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF NICOLE JACOBS: PART 1: THE SISTER presented by Queen City Flash as part of the 2017 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. You can read the show description here

CFF_The Disappearance logo“They also serve who only stand and wait.”

We’ve all seen those press conferences where tearful family members plead for information and the safe return of their missing loved ones. Using this as a jumping off point, playwright Trey Tatum explores how one sister deals with the loss and scrutiny as the search for her sister drags into months.

Miranda McGee is dutiful, older sister Crystal who is struggling to find purpose in her new reality. McGee handles the conflicting emotions very well in an on-point and engaging performance.

As Daniel, Nicole’s boyfriend, Henry Eden is believably earnest and awkward. The relationship between his character and Crystal, born out of mutual loss and need, matures naturally over the course of the show.

Rounding out the cast is Cassie Delicath as the missing Nicole. Even having little interaction with the other two actors, she is still equal parts engaging and ethereal on stage.

Director Bridget Leak elicits strong performances from all three actors. The pacing is solid, yet she allows some quieter moments to appropriately linger. I never found the blocking to be confined or repetitive; very nicely done considering the limitations of the playing area.

For such a heavy topic, Tatum brings a nice balance of humor to the script that never seems forced. The dialogue is natural and appropriate for the characters. However, at times, the discourse does become a bit verbose, particularly during a couple of Nicole’s soliloquies.

Perhaps the best compliment I can pay to the show is that I’m looking forward to see what comes next in Part 2. Four performances remain through June 10.

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