A.J. Raffles: Amateur Cracksman

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Venue Elementz
Running Time  70 minutes
Website www.distanceovertime.net
First Time? Returning Participant
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Tags Comedy,Theatre,
LGBT Themes,
Men's Themes,
Victorian Themes





Thursday, May 30 @ 7:00pm
Saturday, June 1 @ 7:00pm
Sunday, June 2 @ 7:00pm


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A thrillingly serious comedy of Gentlemen Thieves in the night!

The dashing A.J. Raffles offers woebegone school chum, Bunny, a solution to his financial troubles: a life of gentlemanly crime! This lavish production fills the streets of Victorian London with a cavalcade of characters performed by a supporting cast of hundreds one! There will be derring-do! There will be false mustaches! There will be almost no scenery! There will be a tragic love story! There may be nudity! After all, that's what being an amateur cracksman is all about. Featuring: Justin McCombs as Bunny, Mark Maccora as A. J. Raffles, and Miranda McGee as All Of London. Based upon the short stories of E.W. Hornung.

This is not the first stage adaptation of the Raffles stories: the first was on Broadway in 1903. But this is probably the only adaptation that commits to telling the story with three actors in a poignant and ridiculous fashion whilst honoring the source material.




Distance Over Time Theatre is dedicated to doing new work in interesting spaces. All of those new works happen to have been written by Andrew Hungerford. That's a crazy coincidence, right?

Past Fringe Festivals:

(2005) Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Between the Water and the Air 
(2006) Cincy Fringe, Between the Water and the Air
(2008) Cincy Fringe, Anna the Slut and the (almost) Chosen One
(2008) Edinburgh Fringe, Anna the Slut and the (almost) Chosen One
(2010) Cincy Fringe, Of People and Not Things
(2010) Edinburgh Fringe, Of People and Not Things
(2011) Hollywood Fringe, Of People and Not Things




A.J. Raffles: Amateur Cracksman (Review)- By Rick Pender

Fringe Review: "A. J. Raffles"- By: Jackie Demaline






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  1. We're looking very much forward to performing alongside Distance Over Time Theatre at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival! Justin McCombs, Miranda McGee, and Andrew Hungerford are some of Cincinnati's best artists. Can't wait to see the performance! Best wishes! 

    Unity Productions 

    Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/397522890341278 

    Fringe Page: http://www.cincyfringe.com/performance/the-wave-by-ron-jones

  2. Randy Waterhous

    1*- Sorry I saw it
    2*- Glad I saw it
    3*- I recommend it
    4*- I would see it again
    And a second rating to cover degrees of weirdness ( a Fringe Festival standard)
    Fringy, Fringier, Fringiest

    A.J. Raffles: Amateur Cracksman!

    Randy 2* Suzana 2* Fringy

    A very funny show that was mostly a running joke of unrequited gay love. It was played as a very wordy melodrama. There was lots of laughter and some very clever prompting of the audience to 'see' a wide variety of scenes that were only in our imaginations. However, the play was too long. A 45 to 50 minute version would have been right. Also, though the acting was perfect for the piece- accents, scene and costume changes on a dime, great body and facial language- one of the actors did not know his lines, and as the play progressed, his two well-prepared co-stars had to carry him through. This became too distracting.

  3. I was disappointed with this show. I couldn't see because I was sitting in the back so if you do go, get a seat in the front because you will not be able to see a thing. I couldn't follow the story and Miranda was the only engaging part of the play. Would not suggest it.

  4. Scott A Horstmeier

    Silly … to say the least. 

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