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How far would you travel to see 6 Fringe shows? Rich Bencivengo and Jon Weddell journeyed all the way from North Jersey to see the Cincinnati Fringe festival for themselves.

I don’t believe in fate, but it was strange that while making travel plans 10 months ago, Rich and Jon got into a conversation about where to see theatre while they are traveling in the Midwest.


How far would you travel to see 6 Fringe shows? Rich Bencivengo and Jon Weddell journeyed all the way from North Jersey to see the Cincinnati Fringe festival for themselves.

I don’t believe in fate, but it was strange that while making travel plans 10 months ago, Rich and Jon got into a conversation about where to see theatre while they are traveling in the Midwest.

“Have you ever been to Cincinnati?” their travel agent probed. Little did they know, but the travel agent was the fiance of the best friend of Cincinnati Fringe Producing Director, Jason Bruffy, once removed. On something of a chance, they decided to take the trip.

They got here later during Fringe, but made the most of their time. Both agreed that “iLove” was the best show they saw. Both also raved about the Ludlow area, especially Sitwells. They also enjoyed the Boathouse, Mt. Adams, and the Newport Italian Festival. Fringe as a Tourist draw? Well, this is a start, but let’s hope this isn’t the end. Spending a week at a theatre festival is fun as hell. Take it from a local like me, who spent every night the festival, having the best working vacations I’ve had in a long time.

What ties the they situation for the Jersey Boys is that Rich has more than an idle interest in theatre. He is a playwright and is planning on submitting his current work in progress to next year’s Fringe. He got the feel of Cincy Fringe and by the sound of it, he looks forward to returning.

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