Fringe Fest Ends Tonight

The 2009 Cincy Fringe Festival wraps up tonight. Starting today at 2 p.m., 18 different productions are presenting their final shows and both Film Fringe and Visual Fringe are wrapping up at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

Rick Pender reports that ticket sales have already surpassed Fringe organizers' goals, and today's beautiful weather should bring out a final wave of good attendance.

Reviews of all 18 of today's shows are posted on CityBeat's Fringe micro-site, including The Secrets Project, which opened last night at New Stage Collective and presents its second and final performance tonight at 7:30. In fact, CityBeat writers have reviewed all 31 Fringe shows, with most reviews being posted the morning after their debut performances.—-

I want to acknowledge the efforts of Rick Pender and his team of reviewers, who once again provided the area's best media coverage of the Cincy Fringe Festival. I know the Fringe organizers, performers and attendees appreciated their amazing efforts as well. Bravo!

If you're out and about tonight, drop by the Fringe Awards Ceremony Spectacular starting at 11 in Know Theatre's Underground. Winners of the public's voting for best show will be announced, as will winners of similar balloting by critics and by the Fringe producers.

Congratulations to everyone involved in this year's Fringe Festival — it looks to have been the best ever.

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