Cincinnati Fringe Festival 2021 Reviews

CityBeat theatre critics are attending Cincy Fringe shows and reporting back. As more reviews come in, we will update this page with additional links — check back often!

click to enlarge In Hit the Lights' 2021 Cincy Fringe production Horsetale, two Country Western musicians share their story of love, heartbreak and redemption through the story of a horse that’s been separated from its tail. - Photo: Marzio Fulfaro
Photo: Marzio Fulfaro
In Hit the Lights' 2021 Cincy Fringe production Horsetale, two Country Western musicians share their story of love, heartbreak and redemption through the story of a horse that’s been separated from its tail.

The Cincinnati Fringe Festival has some big news: They're back. 

The fest is returning live and in-person with outdoor shows and some digital experiences June 4-19, 2021.

And, yes, Fringe did happen last year in the virtual realm due to COVID, but theatergoers will be glad this festival — which is "kinda weird, like you" — is returning as much as possible to its celebratory and wonderfully off-kilter format.

This year's fest promises six outdoor shows, 10 livestreamed productions — plus the popular “Channel Fringe Hard Hitting Action News Update” nightly — as well as 21 video-on-demand shows from artists around the country.

In addition to primary lineup performances, there will be special events, works-in-progress, the popular Visual Fringe gallery exhibits (available to view in-person and online) and the Fringe After Hours bar series. That late-evening feature, which usually takes place in Know Theatre’s Underground bar, will move to the parking lot just north of the theater building, beneath the vibrant “Lookin’ Good” mural facing 12th Street in Over-the-Rhine.

You’ll still need tickets to enjoy this year’s Cincinnati Fringe Festival, no matter if you’re outdoors and in-person or at home. A $275 all-access pass gets you into all 37 shows in the primary lineup (plus special events) and for $80, you can get a six-show Flex Pass. Individual tickets are available for around $10-$15. Fringe divides ticket revenue 50/50 with the artists.

CityBeat's team of critics will be reviewing both in-person and digital shows and we will be posting them on our Fringe Festival Coverage hub here — and below.

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