Over-the-Rhine

Ice Cream, Puppies, Jewelry

Jun
09

Second Sunday on Main has something for everyone as evidenced by the directional sign for Ice Cream, Puppies & Jewelry. In my humble opinion as a marketer, the only way that sign could have been better is if it said: Ice Cream, Puppies, Jewelry, Beer.

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SoulVerses

Jun
02

Spoken word can get a bad rap. So can performance art. I always remember incredibly avant garde stuff (think Maureen in Rent, which I suppose 15 years later isn't incredible or avant garde) that I'm not quite cool or hip enough to get, and I just end up leaving feeling stupid and like I'd missed something.

This was not the case with SoulVerses. The first group, Eagle to Squirrel, consisted of two men and two women. Most of the show consisted of Boom Boom and Keys (the men) playing jazz-based music along with Boom Boom's spoken word. Their set touched on topics including culture, politics, Nick's mom (sort of) and used music, dance and poetry to tie it all together. The highlight? As Mikki Schaffner, one of the Fringe photographers said on her blog, "Chicks with swords". I'm not entirely sure how the dancer with swords tied into everything else, but it was darn cool to watch. My only complaint is that at times Boom Boom was hard to understand-- this might have been due to some equipment issues. I've seen two shows now in the Mr. Pitiful's space, and find it much easier to hear if performers don't use microphones.

Cincinnati Hip Hop Congress rounded out this show with their poetry and hip-hop based performance. In a word, it was moving. Their show consisted of reflections on race and gender. For me, the most powerful of the poems-- and all were powerful-- were the ones dealing with female sexuality and the role of black males. This is a group of people who are fighting stereotypes-- racial, sexual, media-imposed, gender based, you name it-- through the power of poetry and music. Hakim, Rewop and the others (whose names I couldn't make out-- again, microphone issues) all connect with the audience with power and confidence, moving about the sparse Sunday crowd with ease and approachability. This is one Fringe selection that I'm glad is Cincinnati based-- I want to see this show again.

This is Fringe at its best-- it has a message, it's multi-media, it's well executed and a fantastic time.

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Better/Worse

May
30

Single vs. Married

A battle worthy of a Jet Li movie.

From a single man's perspective, this was going to be a downer. Marriage isn't high on my normal list of conversation. Oh crap, I've given away my bias. I falling along one side of the battle. I'm not against marriage. I infact want to get married someday, but not today, or this month, or likely this year.

What I feared going in was a female tribute to marriage. Surprise! I got something else, entirely. Marriage is NOT a panacea, and this play brings that home. Marriage is hard and the play illustrates this time honored fact through the struggles of three women in understanding what marriage is, what it isn't, what love is, or supposed to be.

Courtney Seiberling, Amelia Henderson, and Stacey Vespaziani team up in a three women/one video screen production. All three know their characters and cherish their connection to them.

The video screen is an up front character, both showing documentary style interviews and showing the text messages these three characters send repeatedly to each other. Add in audio cuts from a talk radio show and a voice from the sky and it makes for a very technology driven production.

All three characters come out clearly in their interactions, letting the inner mind out to demonstrate the complications friends encounter with each other as well as their significant others.

It was clearly a well timed alternative to Sex and the City, even including a funny satirical rip on the TV show's opening. Adding to that is Courtney Seiberling's character's softer version of the Kim Cattrall/Samantha Jones character. Seiberling bears a resemblance to Cattrall, which came out more when Seiberling's character was at her most morally ambiguous.

While the characters worked together well and the dialog was both funny and honest, the technology had transition problems. There were either missed cues or just the transitions to the talk radio portions didn't clearly show the relevance to rest of the play. Scaling back the use of the technology would greatly enhance this production.

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The Hotel Plays: Three by Horovitz

May
29

Before the Fringe festival starts, I pick out the shows I want to see. Most of the time I don't know what to expect, unless I've seen a previous show from the producers. Coming in, I didn’t know who Israel Horovitz was. Yea, I 'm not a theatre expert, nor a pop culture expert. Sure I know who Adam Horovitz is, but I had no idea that the father of one of Beaste Boy is such a great playwright. After the seeing the show I cetainly know who Isreal Horovitz is. I am amazed at the humor, crisp dialogue and gritty warmth that came from IF Theater Collective’s production of 'The Hotel Plays: Three by Horovitz.'

This production has three stories linked together by a New York hotel. The set holds three parts, a restaurant table, a bed in hotel room, and a bar. Each are the focal point of one of the plays, but each interconnects as needed with the story.

Play One: 'Fiddleheads and Lovers' starts off the show in a restaurant as Ted Weil, Jen Dalton, and Tara Williams battle over pretension, dissolving marriages, food, and a little bit of chance. Plummy kisses bring out a smart, light and very funny storyline that is topped off with a dazzling sauce in the form of Jen Dalton who portrays a waitress at a foodie hotel restaurant with a richness and a full consistency. I was waiting for a plug from Lavomatic from one of the actors.

Play Two: 'Speaking of Tushy' begins and ends in a bar, but the hotel room with revolving occupants is crucial to understand the characters. All 4 actors shine in what come across as a crisp verbal farce, witty every time a British or French accent meets with another couple cheating on each other. Referencing A Streetcar Name Desire isn’t new, but Horovitz makes fun of every time someone’s yelled “Stella” at the top of their lungs when ordering a certain Belgian beer. If you are yelling it now, just after reading this, then you will laugh at the hilarity this second play runs with. It all comes back to Blanche's ass in the end, anyway, doesn't it? Maybe? Brian Berendts' nearly faux Frenchman and Tara Williams ass sized obsessed hussy stand out with their affair ending exchange.

Play Three: 'The Hotel Play' is set apart from the other two. It is much more of a drama, with a little humor inside. The other women meets a bell-hop who is more than he seems. Two lives that are very apart find something in common.

The laughter was rampant from the audience during this play and it wasn't just a light giggle or chuckle, it was a flock of guffaws. Pulling these three Horovitz plays together was a brilliant dash into the lives of normal yet troubled people, smart as hell, educated, but still messed up. Cincinnati Theatre goers will connect to this production. The first night wasn't sold out, but I foresee the Know's house filled for most of the run.

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NSC: Jerry Springer The Opera

May
21

Music by Richard Thomas

Book and Lyrics by Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas

June 26-August 3, 2008

June 26-28, July 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, 31, & August 1-2 @ 8pm

June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, & August 3 @ 3pm

Location

New Stage Collective
1140 Main St.
45202 Cincinnati , OH
United States
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NSC: Jerry Springer The Opera

May
21

Music by Richard Thomas

Book and Lyrics by Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas

June 26-August 3, 2008

June 26-28, July 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, 31, & August 1-2 @ 8pm

June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, & August 3 @ 3pm

Location

New Stage Collective
1140 Main St.
45202 Cincinnati , OH
United States
Ohio US
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Second Sunday On Main

May
10
Second Sunday on Main, A hip, eclectic neighborhood event, presented by the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce, begins its fourth season on May 11 and continues through September 14 on the second Sunday of every month from 12 – 5 p.m. in historic Over-the-Rhine on Main Street between 13th and Liberty. The event is free and open to the public.
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New Stage in the City/Sex and the City Party

May
03

Celebrate NSC’s new season with a swanky party worthy of Carrie Bradshaw! Below Zero Lounge (12th & Walnut St., downtown) hosts the celebration on Friday, May 16 from 8-11pm, featuring a raffle of New Stage in the City subscriptions, Sex and the City Movie swag, Sarah Jessica Parker fragrance gifts, and much more!

Location

Below Zero Lounge
1122 Walnut St
45202 Cincinnati , OH
United States
Ohio US
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Two Men Enter...

May
03
In what could be nothing short of an actor's dream, Jason Bruffy and Eric Vosmeier mythically died in the final episode of the Story of the search for the 5th Annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival's image. The special affects rival nothing since the epic movie The Great White North (aka Strange Brew) See the action for yourself!


By the way, get your Fringe Full Frontal pass NOW! If a show sucks, don't worry, you don't have to see it again.
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Cincinnati Fringe Festival

May
03
Dates May 27 – June 7, 2008

A Know Theatre Production, For Info or Tickets: www.cincyfringe.com or call 513-621-ARTS.

Location

Know Theatre
1120 Jackson St.
45202 Cincinnati , OH
United States
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Fringe Video - Part 4

Apr
29

Will Anthony Darnell win another Acclaim Award?
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Fringe Videos - First Three Installments!

Apr
26
The Fringe has released 3 episodes of what can be described as the warm, loving story of how CincyFringe Director Eric Vosmeier managed to alienate nearly the entire staff of the Know Theatre and Fringe Festival. Chapter 1:


Chapter 2:


Chapter 3:

The saga will continue, whether you want it or not.
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Prohibition Resistance Tour

Apr
14

The Prohibition Resistance Tour associated with Bockfest was postponed due to weather. Min Usha and I finally went on Saturday. It was entirely run by volunteers and pretty well organized overall.

The John Hauck House Museum was pretty interesting. There was victorian mourning hair art on the walls which is always fascinating and a little creepy.

I was a little disappointed because we only went into 2 buildings and the tunnels in the Guildhaus were basically the same as the Mockbee. I also thought there would be more stories about bootlegging and how Cincinnatians tried to resist Prohibtion.

Overall, it was pretty interesting and worth the price of admission. The tour went a little long on time, 3.5 hours instead of the 2.5 originally scheduled.

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Know 10th Anniversary Gala

Apr
08
Saturday night's 10th Anniversary Gala was fun night out and a chance to meet some interesting people... Joyce Elkus is the Director of AFTA, a new non-profit organization that provides free/discounted tickets to active Military personnel and their immediate families. Michael Flor, the music director for Bare, was there along with my new best friends Mike & Linda Bowen.
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It takes something special

Mar
30
to get me out of my normal Saturday routine. This Saturday's tribute to Patricia Corbett qualified. Several of the many organizations that Mrs. Corbett loved, came together for this free concert. Music Hall's orchestra and first balcony were almost full. It was lovely. Mrs. Corbett's grandson spoke and challenged everyone in the audience to continue supporting the arts via event attendance.
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The Know is 10...

Mar
25
Know Theatre of Cincinnati is celebrating 10 years of cutting edge contemporary programming. Get your tickets by calling the box office (513) 300-KNOW. More info about the party here. Stay for the after party and have a drink with me.
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When I Grow Up...

Feb
28
I want to be Sausage Queen and lead the Bockfest Parade. Please support my bid for the title this Saturday night in the preliminary competition at 10PM, at Milton's Prospect Hill Tavern.
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Take Me Out - Hot Stove League

Feb
09
Reds Pitchers and Catchers don't report until the 16th, but New Stage Collective's team of actors got into the spirit of the winter leagues with a little practice:

A Highlight of the video is NSC Artistic Director Alan Patrick Kenny taking his turn in the batting cage.

Take Me Out runs: February 14-16, 21-23, 28-29, March 1, & 6-8 @ 8pm February 17, 24, March 2, & 9 @ 3pm *SOLD OUT February 14, 16, 28
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Topdog/Underdog

Feb
05
Don't miss Topdog/Underdog at Know. You can probably guess how it ends if you've read the summary but the story is pretty good. A little redundancy in the first half but it's pretty realistic in that sense. Saturday's show sold out and Red Light Winter is opening this weekend.
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Noir Year's Eve at Know Theatre

Dec
29

Noir Year's Eve at Know Theatre

It's Noir Year's Eve 2008!
Make it a stop on your party hop or your Noir-ish party for the evening!

http://www.knowtheatre.com/about/news/19-noir-year-s-eve-2008

Know Theatre's New Year's Eve party is back by popular demand.

This is perfect excuse to break out that glamorous evening gown or your trenchcoat.

This year's theme is Film Noir, so dig out your best Bogey or Dietrich wear and join us.

"Darling, the legs aren't so beautiful, I just know what to do with them."

-Marlene Dietrich

Location

Know Theatre
1120 Jackson St
45202 Cincinnati , OH
United States
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