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My 2016 Cincy Fringe Show Rankings

Updated 6/13/16

CFF_We Did It Girl 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. Links to reviews added as they become available.

  1. WE DID IT, GIRL!
  2. BOO-BOO
  3. CESSNA: A Drama Noir | Review
  4. DARLINGS | Review
  5. UNREPENTANT NECROPHILE | Review
  6. ICE CANDLE
  7. BABY MAMA
  8. NAKED STRANGERS | Review
  9. FRUIT FLIES LIKE A BANANA
  10. MY LEFT TEETH
  11. FURLESQUE
  12. COSMIC NOMAD
  13. RYAN & ALICE?
  14. DADDY ISSUES
  15. SHENATRA!
  16. SHIT MEN HAVE SAID
  17. SQUEEZE IT FROM THE MIDDLE
  18. PUNK’S NOT DEAD AND NEITHER IS SAM (YET)
  19. GOLCONDA
  20. THE 4TH GRADERS PRESENT AN UNNAMED LOVE-SUICIDE
  21. THE FAINTING ROOM
  22. THE BISCUITEATER
  23. TESLA EX MACHINA | Review
  24. PLEASE, CALL ME CUPCAKE
  25. VELOUR
  26. THE SECRETS OF AVONDALE FALLS
  27. OTHER BOTHER | Review
  28. I HATE IT HERE | Review
  29. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S MOST BRUTAL TRAGEDY: MEASURE FOR MEASURE
  30. BLACK-N-WHITE CAFE
  31. WOODY VS. MIA VS. GWYNETH VS COLDPLAY
  32. GOSPEL OF FAT KATHY
  33. TWIGGY FARTDUST AND HER NEMESIS FROM MARS

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TESLA EX MACHINA Review

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 my Facebook fan page. You can also receive updates on Twitter from @BTCincyRob.

TESLA EX MACHINA presented by Ricky Coates as part of the 2016 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. You can read the show description here.

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Photo by JMC Photography.

Ricky Coates, in his first appearance at the Cincy Fringe, performs a brand new work, his one-man biopic about inventor Nikola Tesla. For those of us in attendance opening night, we have the bragging rights of being his first fringe audience.

Coates is a strong performer and very enjoyable to watch. He handles the multiple characters well and I enjoyed his characterization of Tesla himself.

I found it to be an interesting, but not yet compelling work. Not a bash against the production, just understanding that it’s still a new work. Getting that first one out of the way does wonders. I hope I have the chance to see him perform TESLA again (unfortunately not possible at this fringe), and that he makes it back in a future fringe to perform A ZOMBIE ODYSSEY…hint, hint.

Four performances remain through June 10.

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My Fringe Schedule: Day 2

For the second day of performances, I scheduled myself for two productions.

CFF_I Hate It HereSHEatre: Cincinnati Women’s Theatre inaugural fringe offering is I HATE IT HERE, written and directed by its co-founders, Abby Rowold and Caitlin McWethy respectively.

Shelly and Margaret are at an impasse in their relationship. Shelly’s an unemployed, outgoing hypochondriac, and Margaret is a highly functional agoraphobe who hasn’t spoken to anyone but Shelly and their cat, Mr. Furrypants, in a year. To jumpstart their lives and eliminate their faults, they try to meld into one person.

The cast includes Abby Rowold and Sarah Fischer. Be sure to keep an eye on their official website, http://www.sheatretheatre.org/ for information on their future staged readings.

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Ricky Coates as Nikola Tesla. Photo by JMC Photography.

Working hard to avoid any electricity puns, my other performance for the night is TESLA EX MACHINA. This one-man show is written and performed by Ricky Coates, a Seattle-based theater artist.

In 1892, the famed inventor Nikola Tesla awoke with partial amnesia. Using his incredible willpower, he pieced his life back, memory by memory. In this one-man biopic, Ricky Coates examines humanity and science using his trademark theatrical prowess. Featuring: tap dance, robots, historical figures Thomas Edison and Mark Twain, and live electrical wonders! “Ricky Coates is a bit of genius in a slick and muscled body” – Edmonton Journal.

Wednesday night, CESSNA enjoyed a near-capacity audience. I’d recommend you get tickets for the remaining performances sooner, rather than later. DARLINGS also performed to a packed house.

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CFF16: TESLA EX MACHINA

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Ricky Coates as Nikola Tesla. Photo by JMC Photography.

TESLA EX MACHINA
Part of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival ’16
17 E. Court St.
Downtown

Written and performed by Ricky Coates

In 1892, the famed inventor Nikola Tesla awoke with partial amnesia. Using his incredible willpower, he pieced his life back, memory by memory. In this one-man biopic, Ricky Coates examines humanity and science using his trademark theatrical prowess. Featuring: tap dance, robots, historical figures Thomas Edison and Mark Twain, and live electrical wonders! “Ricky Coates is a bit of genius in a slick and muscled body” – Edmonton Journal. 60 minutes.

  • Thu, June 2 at 8:30pm
  • Sat, June 4 at 4pm
  • Tue, June 7 at 7:30pm
  • Wed, June 8 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, June 10 at 9:15pm

Official page | Press release | Facebook page |

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One-Man Nikola Tesla Biopic Electrifies 2016 Cincy Fringe

The only show this year to feature robots, tap dance, and rivalry with Thomas Edison!

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Ricky Coates as Nikola Tesla. Photo by JMC Photography.

OVER-THE-RHINE, MAY 31-JUNE 11: In 1892, the famed inventor Nikola Tesla awoke with partial amnesia. Using his incredible willpower, he pieced his life back, memory by memory. Cincinnati Fringe will be hosting the premier run of energetic original theatrical biography, Tesla Ex Machina. Seattle writer-actor Ricky Coates examines science and humanity through a virtuosic one-man performance, featuring charismatic live demonstrations of some of Tesla’s most renowned experiments, framed by a touching exploration of memory, family, and what it means to be human in an age of technology.

Born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Ricky received his BFA from the University of Arizona and has been working as a professional actor for over 15 years. He currently resides in Seattle, Washington and tours the world with his original plays. Ricky strives to break the conventional approach to solo-work and touring shows. He loves creating physical, intelligent, and entertaining theatrical productions with “nerdy” themes. He has received critical and audience acclaim for his one-man play Death of Brian: A Zombie Odyssey.

“Ricky Coates is a bit of genius in a slick and muscled body” – Edmonton Journal
“Coates gives a gut-munching master class in physical commitment” – Orlando Weekly

TESLA EX MACHINA
By Ricky Coates
17 E. Court

Thursday – June 2 – 8:30PM
Saturday – June 4 – 4:00PM
Tuesday – June 7 – 7:30PM
Wednesday – June 8 – 7:30PM
Friday – June 10 – 9:15PM

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