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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Stone Tape Party’

(Best of the Capital Fringe) Even before the show starts, Stone Tape Party, written by Danny Rovin and directed by Angela Pirko, immerses the audience in the vivacity that is the house where the party never stops. As audience members entered the room, the party is already in full swing with scantily clad drunk girls […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘À Demain’

Brendan O’Connell creates a memoir after the death of his friend. It’s a surprisingly funny show that nevertheless perfectly captures the permanence of grief. As he says at one point, “There is no day off.”  O’Connell also directs and plays the main character Beej, a student and aspiring stand-up comedian. Johnny’s ghost (Ryan O’Connell) visits […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Capt. Tickle Britches’

In the words of the Captain himself, “Here at the Captain Tickle Britches Show, we set the bar low. Real Low.” This sort of sums up the type of humor and atmosphere you should expect when you walk into The Shop, fresh off of a drink or two and perhaps some trivial joking conversation with someone […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Everything I Do’

Everything I Do is a musical, loosely adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman by playwright and composer John Becker. Just as the tagline in the promos for the show say, “You’ve never seen Shaw like this.” In this version, directed by Brad Porter, Mr. Tanner (Phil Hosford) is diagnosed with cancer and it […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Hey, Hey, LBJ!’

The unfolding story of one combat correspondent and his changing views on the Vietnam War, David Kleinberg’s solo performance Hey, Hey, LBJ! spans three decades and two continents. Hey, Hey, LBJ is an honest and uncompromising account of Kleinberg’s life in a combat zone and the aftermath. Kleinberg uses dark humor to depict the interactions […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Antigone’

(Best of the Capital Fringe) Fringe is well known for exposing audiences to exciting new works, but the festival can be equally exciting when it presents a fresh take on a theatre classic. Such was the pleasure of Wandering Theatre Company’s Antigone, a refreshing and visually stunning reinterpretation of the classic Greek tragedy. Directed by […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Perfect Liars Club’

P.T. Barnum was right. There’s a sucker born every minute, and Perfect Liars Club is out to prove it. In 90 minutes of fun-filled storytelling and audience participation, the Perfect Liars Club’s Thursday evening show at the Goethe Institut played to a full house of would-be sleuths out to have a good time. There’s a simple […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Dream Within a Dream’

(Best of the Capital Fringe) While I was in London a couple months ago, I attended a Punchdrunk Theatre Company production, and the play was like nothing I had seen before. Punchdrunk’s most defining characteristic is that rather than having the audience view a production on a stage, they become part of the performance. Audience […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Olizzia’

(Best of the Capital Fringe) First-time playwright John Bavoso’s inventive and appealing script for Olizzia would make a terrific indie rom-com caper that would be a hit on the lesbian-and-gay film festival circuit. Two ostensibly straight twenty-something young women, former college roommates, have booked separate rooms in a shitty hotel in Rio. They live in separate cities, […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Coosje’

(Best of the Capital Fringe) Every now and then CapFringe makes a divine pairing of venue and production. Such is the case with No. 11 Productions’ Coosje at the Goethe Institut, where the art house ambiance enhances this absurdist, powerful little musical about the relationship between artists, critics and art; more specifically, the relationship between […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Chesapeake’

(Best of the Capital Fringe) Chesapeake by Lee Blessing – A One-Man – Er, Dog – Show! Chesapeake by Lee Blessing opened last night in the intimate Bedroom, in a 110-minute, single-act, star turn featuring the multi-talented Dexter Hamlett as a performance artist – or a Chesapeake Bay Retriever – or both! Senator Therm Pooley is […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘TAME.’

(Best of the Capital Fringe) When the DC Women’s Voices Theatre Festival rolls around in October, 2015, I sincerely hope Playwright Jonelle Walker will be among the voices represented. In TAME. (ably directed by Medha Marsten), Walker not only demonstrates the chops to write strong and dynamic female characters, she has the rare ability to […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Dream Love’

(Best of the Capital Fringe) Ryan Tumulty’s devised movement piece Dream Love is a surreal combination of dance and theater, switching back and forth from scene to choreography to illustrate the story of six people rocked by their own tumultuous relationships. “Dance when you’re broken,” suggests the program of the Avalanche Theatre Company’s new dance […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Interrogation’

(Best of the Fringe!) In his play Interrogation, John Feffer, a foreign policy analyst who writes widely on privacy issues, pokes gentle fun at U.S. intelligence agencies as if to say, “I love my country but I fear my government.” Directed by Matty Griffiths, Feffer assumes the role of John Miller, a contract interrogator who […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Four Dogs and a Bone’

(Best of the Fringe!) Welcome to the savage world of moviemaking where success-hungry humans, snarl and growl at each other like dogs fighting for a bone. Welcome to Hollywood, as experienced first-hand by John Patrick Shanley, a Pulitzer Prize Award-winning American playwright and a theatre and film director, whose sojourn as a Hollywood player took […]

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