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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: ‘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: ‘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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Capital Fringe Preview: ‘J-Swizzle’s (and D-Man’s) Epic Awesome Swaggy Broventure for Sweet Rhymes’ by Emma Choi

Between Hebrew classes and surviving middle school, best friends Jared “J-Swizzle” and Daniel “D-Man” dream of becoming the biggest rap stars in the universe.  It will take a magical quest that challenges their sweet rhymes to save their friendship. About the Playwright:  Emma Choi Emma Choi is a commended Foyle Young Poet and recipient of […]

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Capital Fringe Preview: ‘I’m Margaret Thatcher, I Is!’ at AnyStage Theater

AnyStage Theater presents I’m Margaret Thatcher, I Is!  After premiering their sci-fi comedy Amelia Earhart In Space at last year’s Capital Fringe Festival, AnyStage is thrilled to bring their latest ridiculous portrayal of a female historical figure to Fringe this summer! Three performers take turns playing Maggie Thatcher at various points in her life. The […]

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Capital Fringe Preview: ‘ClickB@it’ at Naked Theatre Company by Rachael Murray

NTC goes viral. What happens next will Blow. Your. Mind. We’re baa-aack! Naked Theatre Company returns to the Capital Fringe Festival with a world premiere production, ClickB@it. Inspired by The Internet, ClickB@it examines how internet click bait and viral phenomena shape media, permeate social development, and exacerbate news headline numbness—all through a series of zany, risqué, sketch […]

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Capital Fringe Preview: ‘Lancer & Lace’ by James F. Bruns

First of all, I don’t remember where I was on November 22, 1963 at 12:40 pm, CST when CBS News interrupted, As the World Turns to announce “In Dallas, Texas, three shots were fired at President Kennedy’s motorcade.” I was probably in kindergarten at the time. But what I do remember vividly is the afternoon word swept thru our neighborhood […]

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Capital Fringe Preview: ‘The Kind of Thing That Would Happen’ by Agora Dance

Choreographed by Olivia Sabee with original sound design by DeLesslin George-Warren. Performed by Hannah Joo, Melissa Lineburg, Catherine Roth, Robert Rubama, and Meredith Stapleton. In a post-truth world, what makes a good story? Does it matter whether it’s true? Monologue, dance, and an original score weave a narrative exploring elusive memory, love, and how truth […]

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Capital Fringe Preview: ‘Paper’ by John Feffer

A teacher and a student argue over a remark in class. Or was it a remark about class? Or was it really about race? Or gender? My new play Paper brings the explosive confrontations on campus around race, class, and gender onto the stage. Take Rashomon, add Mamet, mix in Black Lives Matter, and stand back. >Paper brings us into […]

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Capital Fringe Preview: ‘Lazarus’ by Evan Crump

“I sell life, secondhand”: Unstrung Harpist Productions’ Lazarus at the 2017 Capital Fringe Festival What does immortality mean to you?  Is it the hope that modern medicine will discover cures for the aging process, end cancer, restore youth?  Perhaps you’re holding out for downloading your consciousness into the cloud.  If you’re the metaphysical type, you […]

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Capital Fringe Preview: ‘Mr. Taken’ by Ward Kay

Mr. Taken — it’s a sex comedy with an emotional heart. The sex comedies of late 20th century – such as Joe Orton’s What the Butler Saw or Foote and Marriott’s No Sex Please, We’re British had basic characteristics that helped defined the genre. There are a lot of people coming in and out of doors […]

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