Over-the-Rhine

Washington Park

Aug
07
Status: 
0

Location

1230 Elm Street
45202 Cincinnati
Number of Stages: 
2
MidPoint Status: 
1
Fringe Status: 
2
Neighborhood: 
Type of Establishment: 
Parking: 
Garage, Street
Outdoor Seating: 
1
Business Type: 
1
Date Opended: 
1855
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EmilyAbigail: How To Be Alone

Aug
08

Emily Abigail a local blogger living in OTR has created a beautiful video essay on being alone.


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CinyFringe Review: Blue Collar Diaries

Jun
06

Character is key to most theatre.  The characters in a blue collar neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota are as plentiful as bodies of water in the Land of Lakes.  Blue Collar Diaries, presented by Bridge Productions, is a one woman show exploring the depth of those characters.  Playwright Michelle Myers Berg performs each of the characters with sharp detail.  Using nothing more than a slight clothing change or few props, Berg transforms into each person with ease.

The acting on this production is the highlight.  The voices a lone are worth going.  Berg has the tone and sound of the people she grew up with.  Her Parents, the odd people down the street, the grounded lady on the radio all paint an audio picture that is filled with subtle motion to bring them to life.

This piece is a portrait of being blue collar in America in the 1960's and 1970's.  The simple elements of life that are not so simple when you have horrors in the past that can't be forgotten.

There is not a narrative to this piece, other than a focus of Berg's father, dealing with the person he had to be during the Korean War as a sniper.  They rest of the characters outside the family didn't add to that story.  I think structurally the piece had two parts that could stand alone stronger: One is Berg's family, the other are the characters of St. Paul.  I would like to see the latter explored more.

This piece can be recommend to those who experienced the 60's and 70's firsthand.  The cultural memories are really effective to those of us who can know what life was like in that period.

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CincyFringe Review: Nevermore

Jun
04

Nevermore, a play by Amy Pttinella and presented by Twilight Productions, tackles the formidable topic of the mental state behind great writers and does so with the life of Edgar Allen Poe.  Poe's sad lifestory is summarized during his haunting of a modern day writer's attempted suicide.

Russell McGee takes on the role of Poe headfirst and makes a run at the mysterious literary icon.  He gave a consistent and interesting interpretation of the man, as a smart and troubled person, using wit to shield his sorrow.  The opening depiction of his death was very compelling.  The interaction with Amy Pettinella as the "Woman" a depressed writer had moments of interest, but the two actors lacked compatibility.  Pettinella's characterization of a drunk writer lacked enough emotion and authenticity. I would have expected more clear and recognizable drunken or depressive behavior and found that lacking in her performance.

On opening night the technical cues had serious problems, which hopefully can be remedied once the performers are more comfortable with the crew and the space at Gabriel's Corner.

Additionally I was confused with the structure of a play.  The program indicated that there was a finale consisting of a performance of Poe's Haunted Palace, but it didn't occur.

I am hopeful the production team can regroup on this work and refine the characterizations.

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Cincinnati Moving Into Fringe

May
25

Allison Vodnoy (CincyFringe veteran and Model for the Fringe posters) has an interesting article in Soapbox this week about a couple of Cincinnati Fringe performing groups that both use movement/dance in their productions: Cincinnati's Pones, Inc. and Chicago's The Space/Movement Project.

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CincyFringe Preview: Blue Collar Diaries

May
19

Title: Blue Collar Diaries

Opening: Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 07:00 PM
Location: Media Bridges
Address: 1100 Race Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
 

Producer: Bridge Productions from Minneapolis, MN

CincyFringe Status: New Participant

Genre: Solo

Description: Playwright, performer, and one-woman virtuoso Michelle Myers Berg spins tales of her working class childhood in St. Paul’s Merriam Park, circa 1960’s. Sometimes hysterical, sometimes heartbreaking, Michelle illuminates the overlooked lives of twenty-some different characters in a richly detailed narrative. Meet a colorful array of characters, from radio show host Sister Melba Toast to street-wise cheerleaders, from a rhythm-driven black musician to a beer-swilling neighborhood pool shark named Heine. None of the characters, however, are as intimately drawn as that of Berg’s own father, a Korean War veteran who keeps his painful past hidden away from his family. Blue Collar Diaries gives touching insights toward the timeless bonds of community and family, depicting shared history as a unifying roadmap to where we’ve been and where we’re going.

Show Length: 60 minutes

More info at the CincyFringe website Here.

Background: Found out more about the producers at www.bridgeproductions.info.

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CincyFringe Preview: Trust

May
20

Title: Trust

Opening: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 07:00 PM
Location: Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati
Address: 1127 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Producer: Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati Acting Intern Company from Cincinnati, OH

CincyFringe Status: Returning Participant

Genre: Theatre

Description: Written by Steven Dietz. A contemporary dramatic comedy set against a backdrop of the rock music scene. In a world ruled by love, lust and lying, a spiral unwinds. Cody is a rising star musician. Becca is his fiancèe. Gretchen is a dressmaker, fitting Becca for her wedding dress. Leah is a rock star past her prime who Cody meets while on the road. Roy is a public radio announcer smitten with the young bohemian, Holly. As the lives and loves of these people continue to intersect, attraction gives way to seduction- secrecy holds sway over truth. Becca and Cody's marriage-to-be grows as rocky as Roy increases his hilariously futile attempts to charm Holly. Gretchen and Leah's past is unearthed, brought on by Gretchen's attraction to Becca. As the final concert of Cody's tour concludes, new bonds have been formed, old wounds remain; friends looking for answers, lovers looking for that elusive word: trust.

The Cast:

Christopher Pitts = cody brown
Leah Strasser = leah barnett
Kim Rogers = gretchen
Christine Fallon = becca
Lauren Shmalo = holly
Stephen Geering = roy

Show Length: 50 minutes

More info at the CincyFringe website Here.

Background: Checkout ETC's website www.cincyetc.com or the Intern Acting Company's Facebook Group.

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CincyFringe Preview: The Water Draft

May
24

Title: The Water Draft

Opening: Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 03:00 PM
Location: Art Academy
Address: 1212 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Producer: Digital Nada from Cincinnati, OH

CincyFringe Status: Returning Participant

Genre: Interdisciplinary

Description: Is there any gift too Common to just privatize away?

Show Length: 60 minutes

More info at the CincyFringe website Here.

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CincyFringe Preview: The Global Lovers

May
20

Title: The Global Lovers

Opening: Friday, June 4, 2010 at 07:30 PM
Location: Duveneck 3
Address: 1220 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Producer: Piñata Productions from Erlanger, KY

CincyFringe Status: New Participant

Genre: Theatre

Description: A privileged woman living in Kentucky. A sex slave known as Girl on the other side of the world. What could possibly bring them together by the end of The Global Lovers? Inspired in part by the story of Aisha Parveen, a former sex slave in Pakistan, this poetic drama explores sex slavery and its relationship to American consumer culture. It juxtaposes visual imagery, dialogue, monologue, poetry, advertising slogans, chants, and song, and transcends time and space, to bring you to the heart of conflict and hope. Be prepared for transformation. If you enter the performance like Kentucky Woman, you'll leave like Girl. Written with original songs by Rhonda Pettit; directed by award-winning Fringe veteran e.E.Charlton-Trujillo.

Show Length: 45 minutes

More info at the CincyFringe website Here.

Background: Check out the Company's website: www.pinataproduction.com.

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CincyFringe Preview: The Finkle's Theater Show

May
21

Title: The Finkle's Theater Show

Opening: Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 09:30 PM
Location: Know Theatre
Address: 1120 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Producer: Ryan Lear and Rachel Petrie from St Paul, MN

CincyFringe Status: New Participant

Genre: Theatre

Description: Hi there, friend! Come see our first ever theater show! We may be new to this, but we have seen a lot of theater, so we're pretty sure we know what we're doing! We were so excited when we found out that we got accepted into the Cleveland Fringe Festival! We can’t wait to meet all of you and show you what we’ve been working on. There’s going to be singing, juggling, tumbling, guest stars, duels, and a gigantic musical number. It’s going to be the greatest thing since sliced potato cakes. So bring your friends, your families, your neighbors, and your neighbors’ neighbors (that’s you silly!), and tell them that the Finkles are in town!” - Sincerely, Carl and Wanda (and Tinkles Sprinkles) Finkles

Show Length: 60 minutes

More info at the CincyFringe website Here.

Background: Check out "Carl and Wanda's" website www.carlandwanda.com-  and below is their video promo from a prior Fringe:

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CincyFringe Preview: The End Is Near

May
24

Title: The End Is Near

Opening: Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 08:00 PM
Location: Below Zero Lounge
Address: 1122 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Producer: Casey Leach from Cincinnati, OH

CincyFringe Status: Returning Participant

Genre: Solo

Description: The End is Near is one young man's poetic exploration of his culture and his generation. As his journey explores the triumphs and pitfalls of the modern world, he investigates our anxiety with endings; the end of our life, of our culture, and our world. Part spoken word poetry, part one man show, watch one man battle against his words while trying to make sense of a rapidly changing world.

Show Length: 45 minutes

More info at the CincyFringe website Here.

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CincyFringe Preview: The Council

May
19

Title: The Council

Opening: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 08:30 PM
Location: Art Academy
Address: 1212 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Producer: Performance Gallery from Covington, KY

CincyFringe Status: Returning Participant

Genre: Theatre

Description: Based on close observation of the workings of city councils around the nation, "the council", toys with the absurd and often genuinely earnest practice of government at its most fundemental level. "the council" discovers that the individual voice can still be heard, but you may want to pay close attention to who is listening.

Show Length: 60 minutes

More info at the CincyFringe website Here.

Background: Find out more at www.performancegallery.org and on Facebook.

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CincyFringe Preview: The Comfort of Anger

May
24

Title: The Comfort of Anger

Opening: Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 09:15 PM
Location: Duveneck 3
Address: 1220 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Producer: Driscoll Street Salon Theatre from Houston, TX

CincyFringe Status: Returning Participant

Genre: Theatre

Description: Dalia Rios, a successful Latina novelist, finds herself engulfed by the ghosts of an old trauma, a violent rape that she thought she had shelved years ago. The memories haunt her dreams, which are visited by two mysterious young men who know her sins. The past threatens her stability, her relationship with a much younger man and her new book, an exploration of racism in America. They also bring to the surface a volcanic anger that has been seething within her. She turns to a therapist whose unorthodox style repels her. The two clash in heated exchanges, but their confrontations lead her to face her darkest secrets. Dalia relies on her storytelling gifts to relive her past and examine her present. “The Comfort of Anger” moves seamlessly between reality and fantasy, delving into uncomfortable territory, from sexuality to racism, from psychotherapy to religion.

Show Length: 90 minutes

More info at the CincyFringe website Here.

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CincyFringe Preview: That One Show

May
19

Title: That One Show

Opening: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 07:15 PM
Location: Know Theatre
Address: 1120 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Producer: Pones Inc. from Cincinnati, OH

CincyFringe Status: Returning Participant

Genre: Interdisciplinary

Description: Based on interviews from over 100 people, THAT ONE SHOW creates a dialogue about how dance can maintain its relevance, personal significance, and artistry with individuals today. Incorporating movement, theatre, video, and music, THAT ONE SHOW explores a variety of existing relationships to dance and an array of suggestions about how to reshape or progress the art form. Presented as a live documentary, this project re-arranges theatrical conventions in a unique and unusual way asking audiences to expand their perception of traditional dance.

Show Length: 50 minutes

More info at the CincyFringe website Here.

Background: This marks the third year for Pones. Find out more about them at www.ponesinc.com. For an idea of what their work is like, check out there promo video diaries:

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CincyFringe Preview: Tantric Acting at the Holiday Inn

May
21

Title: Tantric Acting at the Holiday Inn

Opening: Friday, June 4, 2010 at 09:30 PM
Location: Art Academy
Address: 1212 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Producer: Finite Number of Monkeys Productions from Cincinnati, OH

CincyFringe Status: Returning Participant

Genre: Theatre

Description: Cliff and Bethany Robbins would like you to join them in the Wilbur Room of the Dayton Airport Holiday Inn. Together, you will all explore their new and tantric-focused approaches to the theatre arts, and how to manifest that sensual energy into exciting opportunities on stage and beyond. By the end of the session, their backed-up tantric energy, a Bollywood movie actor, and visions of reinventing a classic American musical come together to reveal so much more than their inner light in this new comedy.

Show Length: 50 minutes

More info at the CincyFringe website Here.

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CincyFringe Preview: Soul Juice

May
22

Title: Soul Juice

Opening: Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 07:00 PM
Location: Gabriel's Corner
Address: 1425 Sycamore Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Producer: Devil’s Deuce from Covington, KY

CincyFringe Status: Returning Participant

Genre: Interdisciplinary

Description: Josiah Pratt and Ruth Gardener are reporting for duty in God’s army. This Christian couple has answered the call to start a Christian Ministry called, Soul Juice. Songs, puppetry, mime, and clowning are only some of the talents God gave to this inspirational couple. Mix in some Holy Ghost fire and you’ve got a cocktail of Soul Juice that will set any sinner on the straight and narrow. Josiah and Ruth come armed with God’s word to bring spiritual revival to our morally bankrupt society. Soul Juice’s message is simple. Repent! The end is near! God is just itching to smite our nation. But maybe, just maybe, a good clown sketch about Jesus could help detonate a salvation bomb across America!

Show Length: 45 minutes

More info at the CincyFringe website Here.

Background: Both actors, Dylan Shelton and Annie Kalahurka, are on Staff at Madcapp Puppets and both appeared in the Know Theatre's production of SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOL.

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CincyFringe Preview: Sophie's Dream

May
22

Title: Sophie's Dream

Opening: Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 08:00 PM
Location: Duveneck 3
Address: 1220 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Producer: Serenity Fisher from Cincinnati, OH

CincyFringe Status: New Participant

Genre: Musical

Description: Imaginative, ethereal and insightful, Sophie’s Dream is about the profound universal connection between dreaming, waking up, and bringing forth the soul’s deepest desires. Sophie is a creative soul, striving to build a bridge between her rich inner reality and the exterior world, yearning to express her deepest passions. Sophie’s Dream is a love story unfolding. Sophie encounters Gray, a man whose presence is at once disconcerting, comforting, and exhilarating. The cast of six characters includes three Tree Muses and The Woman at the Piano – all playful visitors who remind Sophie who she was, who she is and who she is meant to become. Set in present day/time, this play-with-a-live-soundtrack is chock-full of truth-telling dialogue and lyrics, haunting melody and harmony, shimmering dream-scapes and transformational discovery.

Show Length: 90 minutes

More info at the CincyFringe website Here.

Background: As well as being an actress/writer Serenity Fisher is a singer/songwriter/piano player and has an album out which is available on itunes.  For More check out www.myspace.com/serenityfisher

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CincyFringe Preview: Salem! The Musical

May
25

Title: Salem! The Musical

Opening: Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 08:00 PM
Location: Below Zero Lounge
Address: 1122 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Producer: Annoyance Theater from Chicago, IL

CincyFringe Status: New Participant

Genre: Musical

Description: A campy, streamlined and musicalized retelling of a grisly part of history. Written and performed by an all female cast of five this show is, in fact, a riot. Paranoia, intolerance and male empowerment are played to the hilt here, with the idea that women doing math or reading equals witchcraft. Featuring such hilarious songs as Do the Pee Cake! and Life Sucks performed by a tap-dancing skeleton.

Show Length: 75 minutes

More info at the CincyFringe website Here.

Background: www.annoyanceproductions.com/salem

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CincyFringe Preview: Safety In Numbers

May
24

Title: Safety In Numbers

Opening: Friday, June 4, 2010 at 08:30 PM
Location: Gabriel's Corner
Address: 1425 Sycamore Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Producer: The Space/Movement Project from Chicago, IL

CincyFringe Status: New Participant

Genre: Dance

Description: Safety in Numbers is a full-length dance work dedicated to exploring company members' individual ties to the Chicagoland area. As the company identified the differences between members as newcomers or natives to Chicago, they noticed a common desire for comfort and familiarity, whether through the anonymity of a large city or proximity to home. Safety in Numbers became a reflection of these findings. Safety in Numbers premiered in July 2009 in Chicago in its original form, as individual works of company members. After a sold-out, two-week run, the group elected to re-examine Safety in Numbers and tour the revised work locally and regionally. Each moment of the original piece was explored, edited, and recreated by all company members sharing in the choreographic decision-making process. The result is a cohesive intersection of ideas shared and supported by all company members.

Show Length: 60 minutes

More info at the CincyFringe website Here.

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CincyFringe Preview: Queer in the U.S.A.

May
25

Title: Queer in the U.S.A.

Opening: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 09:00 PM
Location: Below Zero Lounge
Address: 1122 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Producer: The Faux-Real Theatre Company from New York, NY

CincyFringe Status: New Participant

Genre: Solo

Description: Johnny, a 14 year-old boy from Freehold, New Jersey, hungers to follow in the footsteps of his hero–Bruce Springsteen. Johnny, however, is made cruelly aware that his high-pitched soprano voice sounds more like Celine Dion or Barbra Streisand. He struggles against homophobia at school, even while his own sense of identity is uncertain. Facing brutal rejection from the Freehold High School Glee Club, Johnny sets off for New York City, where lovers, rockers, and Gypsies challenge him to embrace his queerness. He retraces Springsteen’s early career footsteps, hoping to mold himself into the image of his rock god. Does he have what it takes to rock like The Boss?

Show Length: 80 minutes

More info at the CincyFringe website Here.

Background: Addition information at www.fauxreal.org and www.queerintheusa.com.

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