Capital Fringe Review: ‘Fish Outta Water’ by Flora Scott

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FOUR AND A HALF STARS
Fish Outta Water is a whacky and wonderful part-jam session, part-biographical narrative. More appropriately, lets call it the life story jam session.

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Ron Litman is the microphone and Tom Pile is the co-conspirating accompaniment. They’ve worked together and known each other for forty years and it definitely shows. Little details – like synchronized movements that weren’t really necessary made a big professional difference, and was the give-away. These guys were really in synch. The Fish established that his Water is Washington DC and the like in his potent opening Andrew Dice Clay-esque song and act. From there, he moved to the “genitals of the beast “ – LA. But when his ex-wife and kids moved to Lacrosse, Wisconsin – he was forced to follow and that’s where all the trouble began.

Litman does a nice take on Walter Brennan – who acts as his guide in this scary and hostile foreign land. Through Oktoberfest, Synagogue services, and hunter friends – Litman sings his heart out, tells us his tale and, most importantly, makes us laugh. I marvel at acts like this. I wish I had the Chutzpah, but I’ll just have to live vicariously through enlivening shows like this one. I admire, respect and enjoy the uniqueness of each. So, if your looking for great entertainment – check out this Fish.

Running Time: One hour with no intermission.

Fish Outta Water plays through July 26, 2013 at Warehouse -645 New York Avenue NW, in Washington, DC. For performance information and to purchase tickets, go to their Capital Fringe page.

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  1. Ron and Tom are really such talented guys and have timing down to a T. This show covered a wide range of subjects — many I could relate to with cousins in the Midwest. He also reprised “DC Trash” — last year’s show. If you missed that one and Ron performs it next year, do see it. Hope he’ll be in Fringe or something else in the future.

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