Tuesday, June 06, 2006

The Enquirer

First, let me say that I love the Cincinnati Fringe Festival.  I've been a fan since it's inception and I continue to be impressed at quality and diversity of it's presentations.  It provides the region with an arts festival that I hope will become a world-class festival.  I am proud to support it. 

However, I do wonder how it is possible that in the middle of the biggest theatre event the city of Cincinnati has ever seen, that the Arts Editor and Writers at the Cincinnati Enquirer decided that it was the perfect time to run a multi-page story about CCM while pushing most of their Fringe coverage to the back page.  It seems to me that thorough coverage of the festival while it is occurring is not only the responsibility of the main newspaper in town, but that their lack of coverage is potentially detrimental to the developing festival.  Last week there were over 40 performances of over 20 different plays, musicals, and site specific performances that could really benefit from some additional exposure.  This would not only benefit the out of town performers, who have the added challenge of marketing their shows to a city that does not know them, but would also provide much needed increased awareness about the Festival in general.  I certainly would have liked to have been able to pick up Sunday's Enquirer and found reviews of all of the Fringe Festival shows that had played so far.  Instead I was treated to another opportunity for the Cincinnati Enquirer to kiss the ass of CCM.  Boring.

Anyway, I went to the Celluloid Fringe last night.  I look forward to this part of the Fringe Festival expanding.  The films were all of a decent quality.  There is quite an eclectic mix of films which is nice because it offers a little something for everyone.  The whole night of films (none over 50 minutes or so), was only a little over two hours.  Well worth the time.  (Also, the pizza they served was some of the best I've ever had.  Where was that from?)  The only thing that was disappointing was the lack of Fringe Staffers in attendance.  I think it was the slowest night of the festival, as far as the number of performances (only 5 others, I believe) and it would have been nice to see a little more support for the seemingly forgotten Celluloid Fringe. 

I look forward to a busy week of Fringe-ing.  I've heard good things about godsplay, Prison Ketchup, and Stories From Behind the Wheel, but have not been able to see any of them yet.  I have seen Indy-Prov (C), Ante, Christ (B+), and Men on the Verge.... (B). 

Thank you for this forum on the Fringe website.

A Fringe Patron


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1 Comments:

Anonymous pamela fisher said...

Enquirer dishes back:
Hey, this is the much-maligned arts ed at the Enquirer. we DID run a massive Fringe spread (hundreds of inches) the week Fringe opened on May 28. MASSIVE i tell you. we put as many reviews as filed prior to sat am press time for Sunday. lighten up. all of us over here love fringe too and sent three of our staffers to opening night. chill.

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