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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘The Monster Songs’

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(Best of the Capital Fringe)

Dr. Dour and Peach present a delightfully quirky and surprisingly physical performance in The Monster Songs, playing in the Gearbox on 7th St NW during this year’s Capital Fringe. Monster Songs is exactly what it sounds like: a collection of songs about monsters; one is about zombies who just want to get a good deal at the department store, another about a strange being made of yarn. Both Dr. Dour (Toby Mulford) and Peach (Rachel Spicknall Mulford) are clearly trained in commedia- and their physical comedy adds a wonderful element to the cabaret style performance.

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The vocals are wonderful, and both performers are perfectly playful with the audience. While Ms. Mulford’s character slips occasionally the show could benefit from some more scripting during transitions as they lag. There is also a wonderful chemistry between the two actors (they are married!).  As for The Monster Songs themselves (composed by Toby Mulford), each is unique, and equally hilarious. Mr. Mulford plays his 10-string touch guitar flawlessly, and Ms. Mulford accompanies just as well.

The Monster Songs is a great time, and enjoyable for everyone- bring your grandparents, bring your kids, bring anyone of any age you like. Unique, well sung, and fun; catch The Monster Songs while you can.

The Monster Songs runs Tuesday 7/15 at 8:00pm, Sunday 7/20 at 10:15, Wednesday 7/23 at 9:45, and Sunday 7/27 at 6:00. You can see it in the Gearbox, 1021 7th St NW. Running time is 45 minutes. Get tickets at the Capital Fringe Website.

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