The Conveyor Awards of Excellence

The Conveyor is proud to announce our awards of excellence for the 2009 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. After seeing about as much Fringe as is humanly possible, we wanted to give our opinion on the best. We have created a series of categories and groupings and have come up with what we believe represents the best of the festival.

 

Best Overall Fringe Production
Empire of Feathers

 

The Top Tier by Genre – The shows listed below in each grouping represent the best of the festival. Each genre, as defined by our reviewers, breaks the festival out into comparable categories. In each genre we have listed, in alphabetical order, the shows that stand out as elite.

 

Best Narrative
Empire of Feathers
Gravesongs
The Success Show

 

Best Non-Narrative Theatrical
April Fools
Assholes and Aureoles

 

Best Movement/Dance/Interdisciplinary
7(x1) Samurai
It Might Be OK
The 4 Food Groups

 

Best Story Telling – Non-Theatrical
Sex, Dreams, and Self Control!
The Terrorism of Everyday Life

 

During Fringe there have been many elements of each production that deserve recognition. We’ve created awards, as listed below, which point out individuals and elements of shows that stood out. They are ranked in order.

 

Best Individual Performers
David Gaines in 7(x1) Samurai
George Alexander in The Success Show
Karen Wissel in The Edge

 

Best Ensemble
It Might Be OK
April Fools
Gravesongs
4 Food Groups
Guns and Chickens
Empire of Feathers
 

Funniest Show
The Success Show
April Fools
Sex, Dreams, and Self Control!
Assholes and Aureoles
 

Best Script

Michael Comstock for The Success Show
Sarah Underwood for Gravesongs

 

Best Musical Moments
Ed Hamell for Terrorism of Everyday Life
Ken Early and Liz Vosmeier in Jacques Brel Lonesome Losers of the Night
S.R. Woodward for the music in The 4 Food Groups
Kevin Thorton for Sex, Dreams, and Self Control
Brant Miller for the music in April Fools
 

Best Overall Moment
The umbrella sequence from It Might Be OK
The techno music’s emotional breakdown in April Fools
The four way spit-take in The 4 Food Groups
The brave audience member who took a bite from the onion in The Success Show, then took a second bite.

 

Most Fringey Show
Empire of Feathers
The 4 Food Groups
April Fools