Well, the shows are over, the Fort Fringe tents have come down, and we imagine the Fringe crew is off on a well-deserved break. But not before they announced their Pick of the Fringe winners voted on by you, the audience. They are:
- Best Experimental – Crashing Home, WEERD SISTERS
- Best Comedy – Dr. Serenity Hawkfire’s Beyond Being Workshop, Suzanne
- Falter-Barns LLC
- Best Drama – Ethan Now, XLTHEATRE COMPANY
- Best Dance – Fiddler Ghost, Old Lore Theater
- Best Solo – 7 (x1) Samurai, David Gaines
- Best Musical – Diamond Dead, The Landless Theatre Company
- Best Show – The Sticking Place, Molotov Theatre Group
- And the Director’s Award: Children of Medea, Sue Jin Song
This year, DC Theatre Scene managed to cover nearly a hundred shows. Tim Treanor, with 25 reviews, led the DCTS pack of regulars and some talented young reviewers. He kicks off the conversation here and weinvite our writers and readers to give us your impressions of this year’s Fringe.
A lot of shows I saw weren’t really ready for the Fringe, but there were also some terrific pieces. We Three and Thicker than Water were both moving meditations on mental illness and the way families cope with it. The Naked Party was a blast. Some folks said without the nudity it wouldn’t have been much of a show, but that’s like saying that Death of a Salesman would have been nothing if Willie Loman wasn’t so depressed. The nudity was the point. I loved Chicago monologist Joe Zarrow’s piece about love and dentistry, Hold Me, Drill Me, Kiss Me. Speakeasy DC showed what a valuable institution it is with its wonderful Chocolate Jesus and, even better, Revenge of the Cat-Headed Baby. But the best thing I saw in this year’s Fringe was a monologue by James Judd called 7 Sins. I was laughing so hard that I was grateful the monologue was only 60 minutes. Any longer, and the oxygen deprivation might have affected my brain.
How was your Fringe?