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2017 Capital Fringe Review: ‘One In Four’

If you’ve ever picked up a roommate from an online ad, you know that living with strangers can be, well, strange. In a world premiere from outer space-oriented Nu Puppis collective, that strangeness becomes literally alien as four extraterrestrials are inexplicably thrown together by the roommate roulette of the internet. Here’s the catch, none of […]

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2017 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Joe Charnitski’s Funeral’

Not the first, not the second, but the third Joe Charnitski is here from New York to share his story of three lives, two eulogies, and getting out of a small town. Witty, humble, and inviting, Joe Charnitski’s Funeral will entertain all ages. Lucette Moran full review on DC Theatre Scene   Check other reviews and show […]

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2017 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Spy in the House of Men’

Penny Sterling has seen a lot of hardship: abuse, addiction, assault, and fifty years spent trying to live as a man. Her perspective as a trans woman, a mother, and an alcoholic all build into a rich, heart aching narrative that keeps the audience hanging on every word. Marshall Bradshaw full review on DC Theatre […]

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2017 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Love and Other Lures’

An hour of music—wonderfully moody ballads, bluesy numbers, and almost twangy folk songs—is always an hour well spent. Even if that music largely focuses on supernatural themes. Monsters to be exact. Which is the specialty for Dr. Dour (Toby Mulford) and his plucky cellist, Peach (Rachel Spicknall Mulford). Kelly McCorkendale full review on DC Theatre […]

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2017 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Contractions’

At this point, there’s an entire genre of books, TV shows, and films about bad bosses and the bizarre vagaries of corporate workplaces. One of the perhaps lesser-known but extremely effective installments in this tradition is British playwright Mike Bartlett’s Contractions, which has been given new life in a spare but precisely effective production at Capital […]

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2017 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Passing – A Stage Play’

Kukui Kikuyu Productions’ Passing – A Stage Play is a fascinating psychological character study in which secrets revealed inevitably lead to a shockingly tragic end which deserves a long life beyond Fringe Steven McKnight full review on DC Theatre Scene     Check other reviews and show previews on DCMetroTheaterArts’ 2017 Capital Fringe Page.

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2017 Capital Fringe Review: ‘The Kind of Thing That Would Happen’

What is truth? It’s a big question to explore in 50 minutes, but Agora Dance’s The Kind of Thing That Would Happen attempts to do exactly that. The result is a beautifully executed, if overly intellectualized, piece of modern dance-theatre. Amy Couchoud full review on DC Theatre Scene   Check other reviews and show previews on DCMetroTheaterArts’ 2017 […]

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2017 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Lost Teeth’

How far are we willing to go to seek happiness?  That’s the intriguing premise of Jona Tarlin’s Lost Teeth, a world premiere production from New York City’s Blowout Theatre Company which has a promising start but ultimately fails to satisfy. Steven McKnight full review on DC Theatre Arts   Check other reviews and show previews on […]

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2017 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Just Like a Woman’

The tagline for Larry E. Blossom’s latest Capital Fringe offering, Just Like A Woman, is “Will Trans Trump Fear in These Troubled Times?” Unfortunately, neither the issues of transphobia nor the effects that Trump’s election has had on America are examined in this convoluted production by Out-Side the Box Theatre. Instead, the underbaked play leans on […]

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2017 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Mr. Taken’

Watching a great sex comedy provides some of the most fun you can have with your clothes on. Watching a bad sex comedy is painfully awkward and embarrassing. The creative team behind Mr. Taken has given us something that sits solidly between those two extremes. There are things to like about this show, but, while not cringe-inducing, […]

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2017 Capital Fringe Review: ‘The Dream Dancer’

Magical realism meets morality play with a dash of sideshow in The Dream Dancer, an entrancing journey through time at this year’s Fringe. If magic, hypnosis, and feminism tickle your fancy, then this play is a great way to spend your evening! Lucette Moran full review on DC Theatre Scene   Check other reviews and show […]

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2017 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Return to the Scene of the Crime’

An autobiographical one-man show about performing a different autobiographical one-man show? It sounds like the ultimate Fringe Festival cliché. But despite its conceit, David Kleinberg’s Return to the Scene of the Crime is a sincere and moving, if sprawling and unwieldy, show which embodies a totally different Fringe cliché: the diamond in the rough. Amy Couchoud full review on […]

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2017 Capital Fringe Review: ‘MacBheatha’

From the clear and driving melody of Shakespeare’s action-packed hit, MacBheatha pulls out jazzy tangents to the point of what is for some cacophony and others ecstasy. As all good art has, this production has an earworm je ne sais qoui which compels me to recommend this show as an intellectual strop to hone one’s wits. Alan Katz full […]

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2017 Capital Fringe Review: ‘8 Bit Circus S*it’

8 Bit Circus Sh*t’s two acts are almost as different as fire and ice. Both are video game-inspired displays of fire circus tricks, but vary greatly in excitement and accessibility. Act I takes its video game inspiration loosely and draws just as much from wrestling. Eight quirky warriors compete in the 2017 Pyro Fighters Championship, an […]

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