If another Cincinnati theater critic actually attended the Cincinnati Fringe, she might know that Performance Gallery’s fricative was not a production from “last year’s” Fringe, as she posted recently in her blog. It was, in fact, three years ago when it won a 2008 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best Alternative Theatre Performance. —-
Performance Gallery, the only group to be part of the Cincinnati Fringe in every one of its eight years, has been presenting fricative at the Indianapolis Fringe this month, and it’s garnered a great review (four stars) in NuVo, Indy’s alternative newsweekly, by Rita Kohn:
Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to experience human vocalization stretched to its limits. Initially reminding of childhood games we played to confound our elders with a made-up language of blips, oweys, sputs and druts and the gimmickry of Danny Kaye, who could turn communication into an uproaringly funny facial combat, we quickly are drawn into the musicality of eight voices traversing a foreign terrain of communication that’s a throwback to bird chatter, animal wimperings, wind howlings and, yes, infant soundings. Seeming gibberish become musical with rhythm and melody growing from random emanations and sound dynamics expressing a range of emotions and ideas.
In case you missed fricative here in 2008 (or in Indianapolis earlier this month), you have a chance to see it locally. Performance Gallery is offering a free performance at the Contemporary Arts Center on 2 p.m. Sept. 3. It’s part of the CAC’s monthly open house, “44” (the CAC is located at 44 East Sixth Street in Downtown Cincinnati).
(Photo by Mikki Schaffner)