So I reviewed We Did It, Girl from the 2016 Cincinnati Fringe Festival when I saw it last Saturday. This week, I’ve seen more – just saw the last one I’m seeing about an hour ago. (And I swear I will get it together and do better next year – I love The Fringe!)
Other Bother was by one of my favorite groups – Performance Gallery, in an old pink church in the East End. Interesting exploratory piece, lots of creativity. Message – don’t be afraid of folks other than you, and be open to life. I really vibrated to it.
Right after that, we wandered out into the street into a parade, which turned out to be the dance group Pones, out to change the world into a better place, creating a performance in the parking lot. Love, not fear. Great dancing and creativity. Colored chalk all over everything. Great! Because it was dance, couldn’t really vote for it as the Pick of The Fringe.
Then – The Fainting Room, all about the notion of hysteria in women, and that good sex is one way to fix that. Set in the 1890’s. A one person show, creative ideas, music, very funny. Especially the ending – 2 guys in the audience end up facing each other, holding hands up in the air like a bridge. They turn out to be the vagina, and the creator ends up in a total purple suit in the middle as the vibrator.
Tonite’s performance has gotten good reviews. The Gospel of Fat Kathy – an ensemble of 2 women and 3 guys, look like teens or early 20s. One of them is God. Many many skits, yet each moving the piece forward. Tap dancing, singing, a blowjob. Lots of power in it, humor mostly muted, sadness, anger, fear, much of it featuring sex. God leaves, goes back to heaven without answering the questions. And we don’t really know if Kathy jumped off that roof or not.
So my pick of The Fringe turned out to be….. I ended up voting for We Did It, Girl.