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Author Archive | Benjamin Dennis

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Paul Gonsalves on the Road’

The Arthur Luby-penned illustration of jazz’s legendary, tenor saxophonist, Paul Gonsalves is a novelistic approach at conveying Duke Ellington’s troubled, selfish – sultry – musical wingman. One of DC’s premier musicians, Davey Yarborough takes the A-train as leading man in Paul Gonsalves on the Road , offering his beyond-exceptional playing skills (which really are, nothing short […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Aliens, Nazis and Angels’

Leah Harris has been through a lot of crap. Coping mechanisms for healing an emotionally havocked childhood are hard to come by, but when extraterrestrials, WWII German Soldiers, and Gabriel himself live in the same world as your schizophrenic mother, what else can you do, but cope? An autobiographical, one-woman show, Aliens, Nazis and Angels […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘A Breakup Is Swift’

In the thick air crevassing within the Martin Luther King Jr. Library basement, there’s some heated tension, worthy of addressing. Cameron (Nick Duckworth), and Dale (Ben Kleymeyer) are in the middle of one of life’s inevitable, awkward instances; a breakup – and it’s not so swift. Originally derived from a boy/girl text conversation, stage artist, […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ’12 Steps’

It’s the end of the world as we know it, and Richard Sautter feels fine – well, fine enough to express his internal afflictions with addiction on a miniscule stage. At the Argonaut Tavern, bar hoppers, and theatregoers alike ,can experience the self-reflecting tale of a man struggling to survive as an addict, an acting […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Connectivity/Complexity’

Errant Movement took to the stage of Gallaudet University’s Elstad Auditorium on ‘opening night’ of the Capital Fringe 2016 festival, with sole responsibility handed to the talented workings of seven young dancers and five gifted choreographers. Connectivity/Complexity – also the title piece of the showcase – is led by Artistic Director, dancer, and Choreographer Rachel […]

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Review: ‘Forever Plaid’ at Totem Pole Playhouse in Fayetteville, PA

Picture this: Four resurrected deceased men, donning duplicated white tuxedo jackets, parade down the center aisle of Jean Stapleton’s, Totem Pole Playhouse. Chanting, “Deus Ex Plaid”, the Lazarus quadruple ascends stage left, still firmly grasping their own, individual memorial candles. Upon arrival, this team of melodic ghouls, echo a harmonic river of vocal synergy – […]

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‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ Continues its Run at Penn State’s Centre Stage

In 1895, modernist critics were unhappy with Oscar Wilde’s less-than politically-challenging plot from, The Importance of Being Earnest. Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw wished to be “moved to laughter” rather than be presented with dialogue forcefully cueing an affirmative reaction. However, the dissociation and counterintuitive relations between stereotypical late-19th century aristocracy and the play’s succeeding […]

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