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Entrants Needed for HAMILTON Lip Sync Contest on Jan. 20

she_the-taming-logoAs part of their upcoming event, THE TAMING, SHEatre: Cincinnati Women’s Theatre is holding a HAMILTON Lip Sync Contest.

To enter the HAMILTON lip sync contest and/or for more information on the event, visit SHEatretheatre.com.

The entry fee is $20 per team and all proceeds go to Planned Parenthood.

The lip sync contest begins at 10pm. Doors open at 7pm and food will be served. At 8pm, there will be a staged reading of THE TAMING by Lauren Gunderson.

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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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I HATE IT HERE 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.

I HATE IT HERE presented by SHEatre: Cincinnati Women’s Theatre as part of the 2016 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. You can read the show description here.

CFF_I Hate It HereOn the front of their program, I HATE IT HERE is described as “A romantic dramedy about two women trying to become one.” It sounds like a good concept for a fringe show, but a concept doesn’t make a show work. You have to be the snake-oil salesman who makes me believe what you are selling. Unfortunately this wasn’t the case for me.

The opening “entangled” scene does nothing to help set the tone for the performance. It’s not big or funny enough to make me think the show is a comedy or sincere enough to take the dialogue seriously.

I also felt like the show was staged and performed too intimately for the space. It may have worked for the front row, but from 25 feet away it’s too conversational and sedate. The first two-thirds of the script is extremely repetitive and fails to build much forward momentum. The dialogue seems better suited to a “newlywed” couple, not-so-much two people who have been together since college. In fact, the relationship didn’t ring true for me.

Considering the importance of the cat to the story, using a stuffed toy on stage might have helped establish its relationship to the two humans a bit better, and cut down on some of the exposition. Less telling, more showing if you get my meaning. Even if you stick with an “off-stage” cat, leaving a stage empty as one actress “baby talks” to the cat does not make for interesting theater. Bring the actress on stage so we can see her talking to the off-stage cat. Done well, it could be a funny moment or two.

As presented opening night, the script, performances and staging didn’t come together, for me, to create a satisfying whole.

Four performances remain through June 11.

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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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: I HATE IT HERE

CFF_I Hate It HereI HATE IT HERE
Part of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival ’16
Art Academy Auditorium
Over-the-Rhine 

Written by Abby Rowold
Directed by Caitlin McWethy

Cast: Abby Rowold & Sarah Fischer

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. 70 minutes.

  • Thu, June 2 at 6:30pm
  • Sat, June 4 at 9:05pm
  • Sun, June 5 at 3:45pm
  • Thu, June 9 at 8:30pm
  • Sat, June 11 at 9:10pm

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