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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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My Fringe Schedule: Day 4

Seven shows on the schedule today, so this post is gonna be short and sweet:

CFF_We Did It Girl logoWE DID IT, GIRL!
Torie & Me
Cincinnati, OH
Written by Kevin Crowley and performed by Kevin Crowley & Torie Wiggins
I heard positive comments about last night performance on the street (context, people).

Our goal with WE DID IT, GIRL! is the eradication of racism in America by the end of our run. Anything else is a waste of time. You might also laugh, cry, sing along and find yourself utterly horrified by the end and that’s ok too. But we’ve got no more time for broad assumptions and lazy generalizations about people who are different and so we are putting a stop it here and now.

CFF_Black-n-White Cafe logoBLACK-N-WHITE CAFE
arte-fact theatre collective
Dayton, OH

A diverse group of fun-loving patrons at a local hipster cafe are brought face-to-face with their fears when confronted by a larger society that seems to be crumbling like the famous NY-style black and white cookies that the cafe is known for. One by one, as they are confronted by the issues at hand, they learn to face one another honestly as they grapple with the awkward truths revealed as the story unfolds.

CFF_Woody vs Mia vs logoWOODY VS. MIA VS. GWYNETH, VS COLDPLAY
Baby Ears
Atlanta, GA

Welcome to our break-up game show! This show imagines its four title characters are all friends, and follow what happens after Gwyneth and Coldplay’s conscious uncoupling unsettles Mia and Woody’s imperfect partnership. Interspersed through this are games requiring the performers to challenge and surprise each other (every night is different), including “It’s All Good! An Exercise in Rationalization,” “The Love Song of J. Gwyneth Paltrow,” and “The Five Stages of Staying the F— Together!”

CFF_Squeeze It From the Middle logoSQUEEZE IT FROM THE MIDDLE: A Love Story
Donkey and Unicorn Productions
Cincinnati, OH
Created by Allison Bishop and performed by Allison Bishop & Adam Sanregret

SQUEEZE IT FROM THE MIDDLE: A Love Story is an intimate musical adventure. It is a collection of story scenes that are interspersed with original songs, weaving a unique tapestry of theatrical evolution! One Woman, One Man, armed with only a chair, a table, a bottle of bourbon, and some instruments, SQUEEZE IT FROM THE MIDDLE is a journey of (mostly) humorous stories are (practically) true tales worth repeating. Give it a juicy squeeze!

CFF_GolcondaGOLCONDA
Tongue of the Mind
Cincinnati, OH
Written by Robert Macke & directed by Nate Netzley
Featuring Jeff Miller as Magritte, Andrew Ian Adams as Picasso, Chris Bishop as Van Gogh, Jack Manion as Warhol & Adam Jones as Theodore

In the modern world of online dating, anyone can be anyone. So why not be four of the most influential artists of all time? Join Magritte, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Warhol at brunch as they explore the freedoms and restrictions of their sexualities. When presented with equal dignity in the eyes of the law, what happens when some refuse this right themselves? It’s a coming of age story, where four generations come to age together.

Following a mad dash through the Art Academy building…

My Left TeethMY LEFT TEETH
Paul Strickland Presents
Cincinnati, OH
Written & directed by Paul Strickland, the troubadour of the trailer park
Featuring local favorites Miranda McGee & Annie Kalahurka

While cleaning out the house of her estranged and strange dead aunt, a woman encounters her aunt’s persistently peculiar neighbor, and then finds a mysterious videotape the departed left behind—which is probably going to change everything.

CFF_The Gospel of Fat Kathy promoTHE GOSPEL OF FAT KATHY
#theatrecompany
Cincinnati, OH
Directed by AC Horton
Cast includes: Katie Langham as Fat Kathy, Spencer Lackey as Awkward God, Owen Alderson as Taius, Ryan Garrett as Otto & Mickey Tropeano as Clementine

In this play, God checks in on Earth disguised as a high school student. A girl spreads cooties with a nudie. A suicide is contemplated. Myths are performed. Lessons are learned. You’ll cry, you’ll LOL- your grandmother’s not gonna get it.

I’ve got my 5-hr energies in my backpack and my running shoes on my feet. Happy Fringing!

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METH: A LOVE STORY Review

Carli Rhoades as She, Connor Lawrence as He, Spencer Lackey as Scary Methhead.

Carli Rhoades as She, Connor Lawrence as He & Spencer Lackey as Scary Methhead.

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.

METH: A LOVE STORY presented by #theatercompany as part of the 2015 Cincinnati Fringe Festival.

You can read the show description here.

When I attend a performance, there are elements that pull me in and pull me out of the experience. Ideally it’s more of the former and less of the latter. Things that don’t ring true to me, emotionally and logically, collect in my critical brain over the course of the show. Too many and I do reach a point of saturation where the show just doesn’t work for me.

METH: A LOVE STORY doesn’t work for me.

Most of it is due to the script. I don’t believe the environment of the show. I don’t buy the circumstances of how the college students came to be in this situation. I felt there were times when attempts were being made to manipulate my emotions instead of appealing to them. And I didn’t make a connection with the characters, so the tragedy doesn’t have an impact except for some brief shock value.

Performance wise, I thought Katie McDonald as Mommy Methhead did strong and consistent work. The last scene between her and Laura McCarthy as Spunky Methhead had some solid emotional beats to it.

To be fair, I am in the minority in my opinion with other Fringe-goers. I also acknowledge that these kind of “inconsistencies” bother me more than the average theater-goer.

Regardless of how I responded to it, please know that I appreciate all the hard work that went into it. Two performances remain through June 5.

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 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: METH: A LOVE STORY

CFF_Meth a Love StoryMETH: A LOVE STORY
Presented as part of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival ’15
Know Theatre
Over-the-Rhine 

Cast: Carli Rhoades as She, Connor Lawrence as He, Spencer Lackey as Scary Methhead, Laura McCarthy as Spunky Methhead, Katie McDonald as Mommy Methhead & Katie Langham as Cop

After a night of partying, two college students wake up in a meth den. Connection, hijinks and tragedy ensue. METH: A LOVE STORY tackles drug culture, hook up culture and economic disparity with absurdism and irreverence.

  • Wed, May 27 at 7:45pm
  • Sat, May 30 at 6:30pm
  • Mon, June 1 at 8:15pm
  • Wed, June 3 at 6:30pm
  • Fri, June 5 at 9:30pm

Official page | Facebook event |

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