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Produced by Cincinnati’s Tangled Leaves Theatre Collective, the production of {?} takes place at another first-time Fringe space, Nast Community Church on Race Street east of Washington Park.

Produced by Cincinnati’s Tangled Leaves Theatre Collective, the production of {?} takes place at another first-time Fringe space, Nast Community Church on Race Street east of Washington Park.

Jane Doe (Serenity Fisher) has lost her memory and is in a hospital working with a smart doctor (Allison Bishop) who tries to help her find herself again — or at least some of herself. The production is propelled by the performance of a fine cellist, Michael G. Ronstadt, who plays traditionally and uses the instrument for Roots Jazz while singing. Both Jane and the Doc add their voices to many of these lines, and this is a nice effect that drives the script forward. I liked the staging and the lighting of this show. The actors work in the round, physically moving their bodies toward each audience sight line, further adding texture to the story.

Written by Fisher who worked closely with Bishop, their acting chemistry was good, and the way they hit their marks on the stage was close to choreography. The movement of the actors through out the show kept pace with the vibrant cello as we learned how Jane Doe landed in a psych hospital. Through personal journaling and hypnosis, Jane discovers that she is a successful writer. She agrees to leave the hospital to move in with her publisher and begin rebuilding her memory.

There is much to like about {?} — music, acting, staging and story. A better title, perhaps. You can’t get any Fringier than that.

Joe Gorman is a songwriter, playwright, screenwriter and community organizer as well as the developer of five hillside houses on Mulberry Street in Over-the-Rhine.


Read the official 32-page FRINGE FESTIVAL GUIDE here and find the full performance lineup here.

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