What Are We Doing Here?

What’s my point? What is this site supposed to be? What are you trying to do?

Answer: a little bit of a lot of things.

Value: a little bit.

Relevance: not much, but it beats doing nothing.

The goal here is to do some writing and publish it and maybe a few people will read it. Maybe no one will read it. Getting readers isn’t the goal. Writing is the goal.

Simplistic, I agree, but something I want to do, so it gives me a frame to focus my mind. Having a little focal point or maybe several focal points, gives one a point or purpose or value or relevance. So I guess I am just trying to exist and leave a mark. Still working on it, so be patient.
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TheConveyor 2011 Awards of Excellence

It is time again for TheConveyor.com to put forth our opinions and bestow the Awards of Excellence for the Cincinnati Fringe Festival.  2011 was another top notch year with the quality of productions up again.  This year's difference was that no single show was way ahead of the pack.  Our top shows all were very close in ranking, making it very difficult to pick just one show at the top. We made a choice, but I think this year a case could be made for three or four shows to be the overall best. We had to chose only one.

Best Overall Fringe Production
You Only Live Forever Once from the Four Humors Theater

The Top Tier by Genre – In addition to the best overall production, we recognize the top tier of productions. The shows listed below in each grouping represent the best of the festival, FringeNext and the workshops were not included. Each genre, as defined by our reviewers, breaks the festival out into comparable categories. In each genre we have listed, in alphabetical order, the shows that stand out as exceptional.

Best Narrative
Denali
Melancholy Play
Miss Magnolia Beaumont Goes to Provincetown
Peyote Business Lunch
The Lydia Etudes – About Loving Anton Chekhov

Best Non-Narrative
101 Rules For Dating (of which you will hear 20 or so…)
Darker
The Body Speaks: Scripted
To and Fro and Up and Down
Vindlevoss Family Circus Spectacular

Best Story Telling/One Person Show
Curriculum Vitae
Headscarf and the Angry Bitch
I Love You (We're Fucked)
Missing: the fantastical and true story of my father's disappearance and what I found when I looked for him

Best Dance/Movement/Interdisciplinary

Rip in the Atmosphere
The Body Speaks: Movement
White Girl

Another way we honor the participants of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival is by identifying many elements of each production that deserve recognition. The awards listed below single out individuals and elements of shows that were exceptional. They are ranked in order.

Best Individual Performances
George Alexander in Peyote Business Lunch
Joe Hutcheson in Miss Magnolia Beaumont Goes to Provincetown
Mindy Heithaus in Darker and The Body Speaks: Scripted
Dawn Arnold in The Lydia Etudes – About Loving Anton Chekhov

Best Ensemble
Peyote Business Lunch
Darker
You Only Live Forever Once

Best Musical Moment
Music From The Proof: A Workshop
I Love You (We're Fucked)
Headscarf and the Angry Bitch
Opal Opus: Journey to Alakazoo

Funniest Show
You Only Live Forever Once
Curriculum Vitae
Peyote Business Lunch
101 Rules For Dating (of which you will hear 20 or so…)

Best Script
Chris Wesselman, Paul Lieber, and Christopher Karr for Peyote Business Lunch
Joe Hutcheson for Miss Magnolia Beaumont Goes to Provincetown
Jason Ballweber, Ryan Lear, Dan Peltzman, Rachel Petrie, Mark Rehani and Matt Spring for You Only Live Forever Once

Best Overall Moment
The inclusion of FringeNext and FringeDevelopment series, a great way to expand the festival.
The 'giant' mouse trap in You Only Live Forever Once
Michael Hall in a towel and a 10 gallon hat in The Body Speaks: Scripted
Jessica Ferris squeezing through the frame of a folding chair in Missing

Most Fringey Show
Vindlevoss Family Circus Spectacular!
Tooth and 'Nuckle
The Body Speaks: Scripted

2010 TheConveyor Awards of Excellence

 The Conveyor is again proud to announce our Awards of Excellence for the 2010 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. This year's festival continues to possess a consistent high level of quality. After seeing about as much Fringe as is humanly possible (but not every show!), we wanted to give our opinion on the best.  Using a set of categories and groupings we created to best compare all of the varied types and genre of performance, we have come up with what we believe represents the best of the festival.  First we considered the 1 production that stood about all of the rest:

Best Overall Fringe Production
Aberrant Reflections on the Barbarism of You & I

The Top Tier by Genre – The shows listed below in each grouping represent the best of the festival. Each genre, as defined by our reviewers, breaks the festival out into comparable categories. In each genre we have listed, in alphabetical order, the shows that stand out as exceptional.

Best Narrative
Harold
The Council
Medea

Best Non-Narrative Theatrical
Aberrant Reflections on the Barbarism of You & I
A Short Lecture of a Different Time
Tantric Acting at the Holiday Inn
The Finkles' Theater Show

Best Movement/Dance/Interdisciplinary
Just Say Know
Money Back Guarantee
That One Show

Best Story Telling/One-Person Show
A Brief History of Petty Crime
A Night of Well Adjust Ladies
Ain't That Good News
Blue Collar Diaries

Another way we want to honor the people and teams in this year's Cincinnati Fringe Festival is by identifying many elements of each production that deserve recognition. We’ve created awards, as listed below, which point out individuals and elements of shows that stood out. They are ranked in order.

Best Individual Performers
Jason Ballweber as Harold in Harold
Chris Wesselman in Aberrant Reflections on the Barbarism of You & I
Taylor Cloyes as Willow/Rose in Sophie's Dream

Best Ensemble
Harold
Aberrant Reflections on the Barbarism of You & I
Madea

Funniest Show
Tantric Acting at the Holiday Inn
The Council
Soul Juice
A Night of Well Adjusted Ladies

Best Script
Michael Comstock for Tantric Acting at the Holiday Inn
Nick Ryan for Harold
Christopher Karr, Mike Miller & Chris Wesselman for Aberrant Reflections on the Barbarism of You & I

Best Musical Moments
Ain't That Good News
Sophie's Dream
Soul Juice

Best Overall Moment
Oklahomahatma in Tantric Acting at the Holiday Inn
The visualization of the Murder of Madea's Children in Madea The Historian becoming digital in A Short Lecture of a Different Time
Banging the Gong with the head of a dead councilmember in The Council
One Phrase: Scarecrow Fucker from Harold

Most Fringey Show
The Finkles' Theater Show
A Short Lecture of Different Time
The Council

2009 CEA: Theatre Awards Show August 30th

CityBeat has announced great news that on Sunday August 30th the 13th annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards will be presented at a hip club, showcasing the best of Cincinnati Theatre. The CEAs are Cincinnati’s longest running theater awards program, using votes from the public and from established theater critics to determine winners in 20 different categories. Everyone had a great time last year at BELOW ZERO LOUNGE (1122 Walnut Street, Over-the-Rhine, www.BelowZeroLounge.com) and the 2009 event is back.

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Pick of the Fringe 2009

The Pick of the Fringe for 2009 were announced last night and here are the winners:

 

Audience Pick

Gravesongs

 

Critic’s Pick


7(x1) Samurai

 


Producer’s Pick


Empire of Feathers

The Conveyor Awards of Excellence

The Conveyor is proud to announce our awards of
excellence for the 2009 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. After seeing about as much
Fringe as is humanly possible, we wanted to give our opinion on the best. We have
created a series of categories and groupings and have come up with what we
believe represents the best of the festival.

 

Best Overall Fringe Production

Empire of Feathers

 

The Top Tier by Genre – The shows listed below in each grouping represent the best of the festival. Each genre, as defined by our reviewers, breaks the festival out into comparable categories. In each genre we have listed, in alphabetical order, the shows that stand out as elite.

 

Best Narrative

Empire of Feathers

Gravesongs

The Success Show

 

Best Non-Narrative Theatrical

April Fools

Assholes and Aureoles

 

Best Movement/Dance/Interdisciplinary

7(x1) Samurai

It Might Be OK

The 4 Food Groups

 

Best Story Telling – Non-Theatrical

Sex, Dreams, and Self Control!

The Terrorism of Everyday Life

 

During Fringe there have been many elements of each production that deserve recognition. We’ve created
awards, as listed below, which point out individuals and elements of shows that stood out. They are ranked in order.

 

Best Individual Performers

David Gaines in 7(x1) Samurai

George Alexander in The Success Show

Karen Wissel in The Edge

 

Best Ensemble

It Might Be OK

April Fools

Gravesongs

4 Food Groups

Guns and Chickens

Empire of Feathers

 

Funniest Show

The Success Show

April Fools

Sex, Dreams, and Self Control!

Assholes and Aureoles

 

Best Script

Michael Comstock for The Success Show

Sarah Underwood for Gravesongs

 

Best Musical Moments

Ed Hamell for Terrorism of Everyday Life

Ken Early and Liz Vosmeier in Jacques Brel Lonesome Losers of the Night

S.R. Woodward for the music in The 4 Food Groups

Kevin Thorton for Sex, Dreams, and Self Control

Brant Miller for the music in April Fools

 

Best Overall Moment

The umbrella sequence from It Might Be OK

The techno music’s emotional breakdown in April Fools

The four way spit-take in The 4 Food Groups

The brave audience member who took a bite from the onion in The Success Show, then took a second bite.

 

Most Fringey Show

Empire of Feathers

The 4 Food Groups

April Fools

Cincy Couture Fashion Show Music List

Song

Artist

Pattern
Skies

The
Greenhornes

I’m
A Carrier

Eat
Sugar

We
All Get Off

Pearlene

Changes
Less The Moon

The
Seedy Seeds

New
Resolution

Heartless
Bastards

Domingo

The
Newbees

The
Little Patton

The
Seedy Seeds

Rigor
Mortis

Wussy

These
Days

The
High And Low

Sixteen

Eat
Sugar

I
Stole Your Wallet (The Hummer Song)

The
Newbees

Travelin
Shoes

Pearlene

Swamp
Song

Heartless
Bastards

Mayflies

Wussy

Fake
It

Viva
La Foxx

70
30

The
Lions Rampant

Lies

The
Greenhornes

Hosannah!

Pearlene

Brown
Boots

Eat
Sugar

The
Children’s Progress

Pomegranates

Blue
Day

Heartless
Bastards

Intro
: The Da-Da Song

The
Seedy Seeds

Black
Eye

Eat
Sugar

Doomed

Buckra

Searching
For The Ghost

Heartless
Bastards

Alberta

The
Seedy Seeds

It’s
Not Real

The
Greenhornes

Dickity
Doo

Star
Devils

Fanfare
for the Common Man

Aaron
Copland/London Symphony

Queen
City Rag

Jake
Speed & the Freddies

Shadow
Of Grief

The
Greenhornes

Gray

Heartless
Bastards

My
Love

Ann
Driscoll

Wake
Up Terrible Motion

The
Stapletons

Nothings
Forever

The
Staggering Statistics

1993

Pomegranates

Shot
Gun Shells

The
Lions Rampant

Christian
Moerline Saved the Day

Jake
Speed

Black
And Blue

The
High And Low