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Monday, July 10, 2017

The Laramie Project (Capital Fringe review) by Guest Writer

One of the most frequently performed plays in America today, The Laramie Project, is now on view at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, where the bare stage of the Lang Theatre has been transf…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 08:36AM

Paper (Capital Fringe review) by Guest Writer

A cluttered desk, a twenty-minute appointment, a student and a teacher, and what ensues are cerebral twists and turns, well beyond the subdued, weightiness of departmental office hours. We i…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 08:36AM
Sunday, July 9, 2017

Tiresias’ Tits (Capital Fringe review) by Guest Writer

Tiresias’ Tits is a self-described satirical, surreal, burlesque (fun fact – the author of the ur-source material, The Breasts of Tiresias, Guillaume Apollinaire, is responsible …

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 11:06PM

To Be or Not To Be in Love – That Is the Question? by Guest Writer

Sitting in the audience of To Be or Not To Be In Love – That Is The Question?, a one-woman cabaret starring writer-choreographer Beverly Merella, might be the modern equivalent of attendi…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 10:04PM

Exit Carolyn (Capital Fringe review) by Guest Writer

I love Fringe. And like many theatergoers, I head off each day with tolerance and hope. The tolerance is for shows that are long on ambition, and the hope is for something more. Imagine my s…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 10:04PM

This Too Comes By Hard (Capital Fringe review) by Guest Writer

No way around it, this is a dark, harsh, and gritty domestic drama. For some, it may be too dark, too harsh, too gritty, perhaps a partner violence trigger. A fun, frothy, feel-good frolic t…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 10:04PM

Relese: A Rock Opera (Capital Fringe review) by Guest Writer

An exciting aspect of CapFringe is getting a sneak peek at a new show in the first stage of development. Such is the case with DC Dogs’ Release: A Rock Opera, now playing at the Gallaudet…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 10:04PM

Ghouls (Capital Fringe review) by Guest Writer

There is a moment in Sean Surla’s one-woman piece, Ghouls, (playing at the Atlas Performing Arts Center through July 16) where Emel Haddad – Surla’s stand-in for herself, and an extrao…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 06:33AM

Not Quite: Asian American by Law, Asian Woman by Desire (Capital Fringe review) by Guest Writer

See this show. Stop reading this review, click this hyperlink, buy a ticket, and see it. Don’t want to go alone? I’ll see it with you. We’ve never met before? Who cares. I’m your new…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 06:33AM
Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Words She Gave Me (Capital Fringe review) by Guest Writer

The Words She Gave Me, Solia Bickersteth’s ambitious multimedia project, is a bighearted and moving exploration of how African-American women have shaped one another’s concept of womanho…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 02:24PM

Life, Death, & Everything In-Between (Capital Fringe review) by Guest Writer

Large swatches of fabric move time forward or weave through space. The bold colors catch the eye. Confrontational dialogue sets characters in opposition while bodies remain static or surge f…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 02:24PM

Hevagon 2017: Let Freedom Zing! (Capital Fringe review) by Guest Writer

Described as “D.C.’s only all-original political satirical musical comedy troupe,” Hexagon gives a musical zing to the political madness of the past year. Now in its 62nd year, Hexagon…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 02:24PM

Lazarus (Capital Fringe review) by Guest Writer

The notion that medical technology will one day enable human beings to live indefinitely is not just science fiction. Preventing the aging process (or “ending aging”) is an actua…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 11:54AM

Four Broke Guys: LIVE! (Capital Fringe review) by Guest Writer

Four Broke Guys: LIVE! is classified as a comedy, but don’t expect mere fluff or pratfalls from this one-man show. Actor and playwright J. Shawn Durham’s sequence of four monologues from…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 08:06AM

Caveat (Capital Fringe review) by Guest Writer

Caveat (written and directed by Ben Lockshin and playing at Gallaudet University’s Eastman Studio Theater) is a “One’s-a” show, where each character is an idea of a person more than …

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 07:04AM
Friday, July 7, 2017

Quantum Suicide: A Talk by Professor Sophie Miller (Capital Fringe review) by Guest Writer

You don’t have to understand quantum mechanics – or even elementary physics – to follow Quantum Suicide: A Talk by Professor Sophie Miller, the one woman show now enjoying its first F…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 07:33PM

Constructive Fictions (Capital Fringe review) by Guest Writer

Was ever a jailed sex offender more self-righteous and self-pitying than Rabbi Barry Freundel in this brilliantly disturbing new play by A. J. Campbell? Were ever such a predator’s’ vict…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 07:33PM

Morningstar (Capital Fringe review) by Guest Writer

Morningstar is a small chamber drama playing in the basement of Shopkeeper’s on Florida Ave, (a venue whose old wooden floors add quite a bit of natural folly to the performance, some use…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 06:06PM

Wit & Wrath: The Life & Times of Dorothy Parker (Capital Fringe review) by Guest Writer

Dorothy Parker claimed, famously, that she was “just a little Jewish girl, trying to be cute.” In fact, she was a legendary wit; the first female drama critic in America; and a successfu…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 02:32PM

Thomas Jefferson Hoochie-Coochie Man (Capital Fringe review) by Guest Writer

With a breezy “Hi, y’all!” Clyde Ensslin welcomes us to the complicated story of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, as told by none other than Big Bill Clinton himself. It’s a chanc…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 02:32PM

Lancer and Lace asks the big Kennedy question, a Capital Fringe peek by Guest Writer

It was Emerson, who wrote: “If the whole of history is in one man, it is all to be explained from individual experience.” Well, if that one man was Lee Harvey Oswald, then it’s his lun…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 12:12PM

Nevertheless, She Persisted (Capital Fringe review) by Guest Writer

Nevertheless, She Persisted takes the pulse of the American landscape before and after the November 2016 election, offering a moving compendium of raw emotion, personal drama, and flickering…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 12:12PM

Ready to Serve: Remember the Nurses (Capital Fringe review) by Guest Writer

Stories of war wounded told from the point of view of military medics—those who try to save lives and bag the bodies of the ones they can’t—give glimpses into the bravery and heroism o…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 12:12PM

Poetry Cabaret (Capital Fringe review) by Guest Writer

This isn’t your normal poetry reading. Those words, spoken by Creator and Director Caleb Beissert as he introduced the Asheville-based Poetry Cabaret Collective, could serve as the tagline…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 07:24AM
Thursday, July 6, 2017

A Fringe Peek at J-Swizzle (and D-Man’s) Epic Swaggy Broventure for Sweet Rhyme by Guest Writer

Director Haley Murphy and your playwright Emma Choi talk about their Fringe show. How did you two meet? Haley Murphy: Across a crowded elementary school gym. Emma was my stage manager when s…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 01:33PM

A Capital Fringe Peek at rock n’ roll show Help Me, Wanda! by Guest Writer

I first heard Toni Rae Salmi sing at the 2012 Capital Fringe Festival. The show was Cabaret XXX: Love The One You’re With, the second in a much-loved series of annual rock cabarets by …

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 06:36AM

A Capital Fringe Peek at the comedy Abortion Road Trip by Guest Writer

Back in early November of 2016, Theatre Prometheus was trying to choose between several strong, gripping stories for our Fringe play. We were split on which to choose. And then… the electi…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 06:36AM
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Echoes, a Capital Fringe Peek by Guest Writer

Echoes by N. Richard Nash, is the story of two very real people who deeply love each other despite their struggles with mental illness. It is a story that shows us again how love is truly u…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 09:42PM

A Capital Fringe Peek at MacBheatha by Guest Writer

This project began two summers ago, when a small group of actors, including myself, thought of devising a piece comparing the dramatic character of Shakespeare’s Macbeth with the life of t…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 06:48PM

A Capital Fringe Peek at One in Four by Guest Writer

This play might help you feel better. If you’re anything like me, you’re in constant awe of people who can just, like, talk to other people. What in God’s name is that like– do t…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 09:04AM

Capital Fringe Peek at David Kleinberg’s new play Return to the Scene of the Crime by Guest Writer

For two years, I had performed my one-man show, Hey, Hey, LBJ! in San Francisco, on 42nd Street in New York, in Washington DC (where it got a rave review in the Washington Post), in New Orl…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 09:04AM

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