Onstage: The Fringe Festival

Are you ready for your eighth consecutive dose of weird? The 2011 Cincinnati Fringe Festival, presented by Know Theatre, kicks off next week for 10 days and more than 30 productions. What can you expect? Well, actually, the unexpected is what makes it fu

Are you ready for your eighth consecutive dose of weird? The 2011 Cincinnati Fringe Festival, presented by Know Theatre, kicks off next week for 10 days and more than 30 productions. What can you expect? Well, actually, the unexpected is what makes it fun. Some acts are returning; others are completely new. About half are local, supplemented by performers who tour their acts. This year’s schedule includes 13 plays, nine solo shows, two musicals, five dance pieces, two circus/variety acts and a walking tour.

The Fringe program was a 28-page insert in CityBeat’s May 18 issue, so don’t expect me to tell you everything. But I’ll offer a quick guide to good choices using a day-by-day approach. Study all the offerings and pick performances that appeal to you. (Buy a pass, which reduces the cost to see multiple shows.) Cincy Fringe uses Facebook and Twitter to keep you informed, and there’s an “official” blog at cincyfringe.com. In particular, look for CityBeat’s Fringe blog: Nine writers will catch the first performance of each act and write quick commentary to help you choose.

Cincy Fringe Festival runs June 1-11 at various venues throughout Over-the-Rhine. Don’t miss the Kick-Off Party at Know Theatre (sponsored by CityBeat) Tuesday, May 31. Go here to read Rick Pender's full breakdown of the festival.  

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