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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘The Other Day’

About an hour into The Other Day as performed at The Shop, a Dutch airport clerk named Steven (played by a very dashing Dash King), shows a young American named Mark (a puppy-dog-sweet Matthew Williamson) around Amsterdam until Mark’s lost suitcase can be found. The luggage contains the ashes of Mark’s dead lover, Santo. Steven takes Mark […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘SELF’

There are countless plays (and movies, songs, paintings, stories….) about people falling in love with other people. But what about loving yourself? If you can’t love yourself, are you even capable of loving someone else? And just how can we defeat that awful critical voice that tells us we’re worthless, ugly and alone? These are […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Call Steve Guttenberg’

If you are familiar with H.P. Lovecraft’s early writing about the fictional deity called Cthulhu, this play is hilarious. If you are not familiar with Lovecraft’s writing, take just a moment to look him up and you will be equally prepared. Lovecraft’s stories were often written in journal form. The entries included references to the […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Marriage, Lizards and Love’

(Best of the Capital Fringe) The Capital Fringe festival is a remarkable venue where artists can show off and experiment with new work, playwright Jean P. Bordewhich brings Marriage, Lizards and Love to the 9th annual fringe festival. Bordewhich’s piece transports us on a journey with a young married couple who are struggling between moving past […]

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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: ‘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 Review: ‘The Tragical Mirth of Marriage & Love: Short Scenes by Anton Chekhov’ by Christina Frank

Fans of Chekhov rejoice. Pallas Theatre Collective has come to lift your spirits and make you laugh. Long have people tried to convince me that Chekhov is funny. After falling asleep in more than one version of a three hour Cherry Orchard I refused to believe them; I’m finally starting to understand. Under the helm of director […]

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2013 Capital Fringe Show Preview: ‘The Tragical Mirth of Marriage & Love: Short Scenes by Anton Chekhov’

Pallas Theatre Cordially Invites You to… The Tragical Mirth of Marriage & Love: Short Scenes by Anton Chekhov Some marriages are tragical.  Some farcical. All are challenging!   Marriage. So hot right now. Whether we’re redefining it through our court system, advocating on its behalf with opinion pieces and dialogue, mixing it up to include […]

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The Tooth Fairy (Ryan Sellers) and Mrs. Claus (Heather Whitpan).
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‘You Can’t Get a Decent Margarita at the North Pole’ at Grain of Sand Theatre by Jennifer Perry

Around this time of the year, it’s quite possible to experience what I like to call ‘Christmas-themed theatre overload.’ After all there’s a plethora of productions of A Christmas Carol to choose from in our area, plenty of holiday concerts, and Nutcracker productions galore. For something slightly different, and definitely a bit off-kilter, one might […]

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fallFringe: ‘Double Consciousness Redux’ by Cyle Durkee

Double Consciousness Redux (DCR){carpel tunnel is something that is going to happen to other people}) begins with a haunting scene in which comes onto the stage assisted by two nurses in white. The moment is creepy and quite well thought out. It is affecting as the obviously strung out Holly Bass is paraded about the […]

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‘The Jungle Book’ at Synetic Theater’s Teen Ensemble by Jennifer Perry

Like its adult (mainstage) counterpart, the Synetic Theater Teen Ensemble clearly has a knack for adapting well-known works of literature, highlighting the salient themes for today, and presenting the material with interesting and inspired style and intense physical movement. The teen’s current production of The Jungle Book, which only plays for five performances, is no […]

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Julia Morrissey, Heather Benjamin, and Kelsey Meiklejohn.

Coming to The Capital Fringe Festival: ‘The Confines of Flattery’ by Kevin O’Connell

Triptych Productions’ The Confines of Flattery comprises three one-act plays, representing three different eras and styles. The connective tissue running through them is suggested by the production’s title, which comes from a line in one of the three plays, Moliere’s “The Pretentious Young Ladies.” “You carry your civilities to the utterest confines of flattery,” says one such […]

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