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CFF18: My Fringe Show Rankings

Updated 6/14/18 10am

CFF18_Cover art 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, 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. OF MONSTER DESCENTReview
  2. MUSICAL CHAIRS
  3. MORTEM CAPIENDUM
  4. EDDIE POE
  5. ONE MORE BAD THING
  6. BILLY: THE HAUNTING OF WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT
  7. THE BUREAU
  8. BAD POETRY NIGHT
  9. SHE BURIED THE PISTOL
  10. ALL WE HAVE BORNE
  11. SHOW UP
  12. H2O: A Play About Water
  13. PLEASE SHUFFLE THE CARDS
  14. THE NEW ADVENTURES OF CALLIOPE JONES AND CAPTAIN COOL
  15. CURIE ME AWAY!
  16. THERE AIN’T NO MORE
  17. THE BLACKFACE PROJECT
  18. DOPPELBANGER
  19. TAKE FLIGHT: AN ADVENTURE IN CIRQUE
  20. EXTRASHVAGANZA!
  21. VAN GOGH FIND YOURSELF
  22. THE GOSPEL OF BARRABAS
  23. THE MOUNTAINS DID QUAKE, THE HILLSIDES DID TREMBLE
  24. DELIVERY
  25. FADEAWAY GIRL
  26. THE AMPHIBIAN
  27. VOX BOX
  28. ANNALISE
  29. APHRODITE’S REFUGEES
  30. THE WHITEST BABY IN ALL OF AFRICA
  31. THE LAST DRAG
  32. THRIVE IRL
  33. WALT FIT
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CFF18: My Fringe Schedule: Day 3

CFF18_The Mountains Did Quake logoFirst up tonight is Animal Engine’s THE MOUNTAINS DID QUAKE, THE HILLSIDE DID TREMBLE. This husband and wife team from Minneapolis, Minnesota have a special place in my Fringy-heart and their 2013 show “Petunia and Chicken” is still one of my all time favorite.

In an authoritarian society where individuality is oppressed in favor of obedience to an all-powerful dictator, the ancient epic of Gilgamesh is told as an act of underground rebellion. From the award-winning creators of “Petunia and Chicken” and “Darlings.”

CFF18_Walt Fit logoI follow that up with WALT FIT, a new offering from returning solo artist Jimmy Grzelak, hailing from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Walt Fit is a self-care-healthcare exercise system for everybody. In 1858, famously lofty poet Walt Whitman released an inspirational self-help health-and-beauty book. It was soon after lost to time. Until now. Reanimate this zombie path to total wellness– attend this seated transformational dance party led by Jimmy Grzelak, “winningly offbeat imagination” (Washington Post) and 2017 Citybeat Critic’s Pick.

CFF18_ExTrashVaganza Erika Kate MacDonald Paul Strickland Photo By Dan Winters

Erika MacDonald & Paul Strickland in ExTrashVaganza!. Photo by Dan Winters.

I’m finishing off Friday with ExTrashVaganza! from personal and Fringe favorite Theatre Mobile.

“You threw it away. Now pick it up and make something of yourself.

Paul Strickland (“Balls of Yarns” – Critics’ Pick of the Fringe Winner 2017) and Erika Kate MacDonald (“Ice Candle” – Critics’ Pick of the Fringe Winner 2016) team up in this STRANGE-SATIONAL PUPPET MUSICAL COMEDY DELIGHT for adults!

Come help Erika and Paul make a beautiful future out of the discarded past.”

 

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CFF18: ExTrashVaganza!

CFF18_ExTrashVaganza Erika Kate MacDonald Paul Strickland Photo By Dan Winters

Erika MacDonald & Paul Strickland in ExTrashVaganza!. Photo by Dan Winters.

ExTrashVaganza!
Part of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival ’18
Know Theatre
Over-the-Rhine

“You threw it away. Now pick it up and make something of yourself. Paul Strickland (“Balls of Yarns” – Critics’ Pick of the Fringe Winner 2017) and Erika Kate MacDonald (“Ice Candle” – Critics’ Pick of the Fringe Winner 2016) team up in this STRANGE-SATIONAL PUPPET MUSICAL COMEDY DELIGHT for adults! Come help Erika and Paul make a beautiful future out of the discarded past.”

  • Fri, June 1 at 9pm
  • Sat, June 2 at 7pm
  • Mon, June 4 at 6:30pm
  • Wed, June 6 at 8:30pm
  • Sat, June 9 at 2:45pm

Official page | Press releaseFacebook page | Facebook event | Official website

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ExTrashVaganza! Makes Its World Premiere at the 2018 Cincinnati Fringe Festival

CFF18_ExTrashVaganza Erika Kate MacDonald Paul Strickland Photo By Dan Winters

Erika MacDonald & Paul Strickland in ExTrashVaganza!. Photo by Dan Winters.

CINCINNATI, OHIO (April 24, 2018) Coming to the Cincinnati Fringe Festival this June is ExTrashVaganza!, a brand new 60-minute musical comedy for adults full of strange stories and even stranger puppets.

A single mannequin leg and a fedora become a pun-slinging noir detective. An accidentally broken lamp becomes the star of a sit-com parody about a couple who never meant to become parents.

Go ahead and leave the kids at home for this two-person variety show!

Paul Strickland and Erika Kate MacDonald, the winners of the past two Critics’ Picks of the Fringe Awards (2016 and 2017), have teamed up to make what they call a “strange-sational” musical puppet comedy.

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Paul and Erika are local creators who actually moved to Cincinnati because of this city’s amazing creative opportunities – specifically, the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, where they have been creating hit new shows for the last four years.

Paul and Erika’s Fringe shows have sold out every year that they have performed at the Cincy Fringe. Past shows: Balls of Yarns (2017), Ice Candle (2016), My Left Teeth (2016), Tales Too Tall for Trailers (2015), Papa Squat (2014), and Ain’t True & Uncle False (2013).

They tour their work professionally across the U.S. and Canada.

ABOUT THEATRE MOBILE
Theatre Mobile makes theatre. That moves around. Founded by Paul Strickland and Erika Kate MacDonald, Theatre Mobile aspires to scratch that itch for alternative, bare-bones, creativity-forward theatre in Cincinnati. Shows include ExTrashVaganza! and 13 Dead Dreams of “Eugene.”

TICKETS AND INFORMATION

Tickets can be purchased online at cincyfringe.com or at the Know Theatre Box Office.

Venue: Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson St. Cincinnati, OH

Show dates and times (60 minutes): Fri. 6/1 9pm; Sat. 6/2 7pm; Mon. 6/4 6:30pm;

Wed. 6/6 8:30pm; Sat. 6/9 2:45pm.

Tickets: $15 | Multi-show passes available

Rating: Parental Guidance (13+)

Festival dates May 29 – June 10, 2018.  For info about Cincy Fringe visit cincyfringe.com.

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