Author Archive | Robert Montenegro

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2015 Capital Fringe Review ‘Half Past What?’

About halfway through Casey Bauer’s surreal Half Past What?, I came to the stark realization that I wasn’t exactly sure what was going on yet was still completely enthralled. The play is wacky and nonsensical in the best possible ways, perhaps similar to how a particular piece of abstract expressionist art really speaks to you under just the right light. […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘When We Grow Up’

Critical Point Theatre’s quirky Fringe show When We Grow Up is difficult to review for several reasons. The piece is highly-interactive and its best moments are improvised, meaning you’ll never see the same performance twice. Plus, the interactive crowdsourcing game at the heart of the piece works best when you’re not aware of what’s coming. That said, Critical Point’s immersive experience should delight Fringe audiences eager to explore […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘MacWHAT?!’

Few things are as “Capital Fringe” as an irreverent take on the Bard, and King’s Players have got themselves a hell of an irreverent take in their outrageous farce MacWHAT?! Fittingly enough for Shakespeare, the ensemble plays a troupe of actors rehearsing an offbeat Macbeth in which genders are switched and everything (and I mean everything) is played for a laugh. The Scottish Play within the […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Straight Faced Lies’

As is implied by the title of Mark Jason Williams’ bleak comedy Straight Faced Lies, the members of the oppressively dysfunctional Ryan family aren’t very good at this whole honesty thing. Nor are they particularly adept at kindness. Or courtesy. Or tact. They’re awful people who do awful things to each other, though Williams suggests dark, hidden truths beneath the surface can explain their rotten behavior. And […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Salvation Road’

Every year the Fringe produces a few real standouts among its more serious offerings. D.W. Gregory’s thoughtful and funny Salvation Road is an excellent example. Anchored by a talented young cast and brimming with intellectual brain food, Salvation Road is a powerful little play about the opaque nature of understanding and belief. Our main character struggling with these elements is 17-year-old Philadelphian Cliff Kozak, played with palpable energy by a terrific Chris […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘And Then I Woke Up’

Kris Noteboom is incredibly endearing. The fluffy, neurotic figure at the heart of And Then I Woke Up establishes very quickly that there’s little space between Kris the artist and Kris the character. He, like so many solo performers, is at his best when forming intimate and honest connections with audience members. In these moments, […]

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Capital Fringe Preview 2014: ‘La Llorona’- An interview with Playwright Amanda Zeitler

Thee Candidates Graduate Theatre Company presents a production of Amanda Zeitler’s La Llorona in this year’s Capital Fringe festival. The play recently won the Wichita State University National Playwriting Contest and will receive an additional production there this November. La Llorona  is loosely based on the widespread North and South American folk tale of the […]

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Source Festival: “The Thrush and the Woodpecker’

As a self-described launching pad for plays, the Source Festival offers writers and artists an opportunity to incubate promising new work, even if scripts exist in but a fledgling state. Such is the case for Steve Yockey’s The Thrush and the Woodpecker, a fascinating new morality play that features elements of greatness despite the opacity […]

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‘Living Out’ (‘Cama Afuera’) at GALA Hispanic Theatre

On a superficial level, the two women at the heart of Lisa Loomer’s elegantly crafted Living Out couldn’t be more different. Ana (Belén Oyola-Rebaza) is an undocumented nanny working to bring her 11-year-old son over from El Salvador. Nancy (Megan Behm) is a successful entertainment lawyer intent on rising through the ranks at her firm to eventually […]

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