Fringe Binge

Fringe Festival again offers loads of 'explosive and experimental' entertainment

It’s time again for the annual Cincy Fringe Festival, a 12-day celebration of theater, art, music, film and more. The seventh annual Fringe, again organized by Know Theatre of Cincinnati, offers 30 productions in multiple venues through June 12.

The best way to take it all in is to get a pass and return frequently to see as much as possible. You can catch two or three performances each evening and then stop by Know Theatre’s Underground Bar to compare notes and map out your next “Fringeriffic” night.

Karim Muasher performed in the 2009 Producers’ Pick of the Fringe, Empire of Feathers. He returns in a new solo show this year, A Short Lecture of a Different Time. His enthusiasm for Cincy Fringe is evident.

“I remember it just being wonderful on all levels,” he says. “The staff was so welcoming and friendly, and there was such a sense of community between the artists and the patrons. It’s fringe at its best.”

And less commercial and competitive, Muasher says, than some of the more established fringe fests in other cities.

“It really feels like a festival in Cincinnati,” he says. “It’s a celebration, a coming together. That’s why I wanted to come back.”

There are all kinds of shows for you to enjoy, from classics to avant-garde material. You can see new takes on Medea or Cyrano, musicals based on earthquakes and the witches of Salem, dance works, political diatribes, environmental investigations, monologues and even a piece or two using PowerPoint to illustrate the tale.

CityBeat’s Fringe Festival coverage team consists of Julie York Coppens, Jane Durrell, Nicholas Korn, Tom McElfresh, Julie Mullins, Rick Pender, Rodger Pille, Mark Sterner and Kathy Valin. They’ve written previews of each show, including the venue location and all the performance dates.

CityBeat will post reviews as shows open, usually within 24 hours of the first performance.

That will keep you ready and armed for the 2010 Cincy Fringe Festival.

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