Tues, July 28, 10pm — Fans of the DC Capital Fringe Festival selected 4:48 Psychosis as Favorite Play in the 2009 Fringe Festival and awarded Diamond Dead (Continued…) laurels as the Festival’s Favorite Musical in an exclusive DC Theatre Scene poll.
In an extremely tight race, voters selected Headscarf and the Angry Bitch over Children of Medea as their Favorite Solo Show from the festival which closed Sunday night, after offering 122 shows in 18 days. They also selected The Bea & Bug, Writing Stories, Wowser Bowser! as the Favorite Family show and Lila: The Love Story of Radha and Krishna as their Favorite Dance Performance.
The polls featured those shows which received the rating of 5, the highest possible numerical evaluation from their DCTS reviewers. Voters were also permitted to select among the four plays which DCTS had not reviewed.
4.48 Psychosis, Sara Kane’s last play, won awards for best play and best drama from the Fringe Festival itself as well as from DCTS for producer Factory 449. DCTS reviewer Tim Treanor called Psychosis “an awesome play, awesomely done.” Treanor observed that he could not “recall the futile run from the desert of the self more convincingly portrayed.”
A Tactile Dinner, banished? Productions’ oddly endearing presentation of a “Futurists” meal featuring sounds and smells finished about ten points behind Psychosis. Missing Pages, Susan Austin Roth’s compelling story of a World War II veteran confronting Alzheimer’s, was third.
Like 4.48 Psychosis, Headscarf and the Angry Bitch received an award from the Capital Fringe Festival, for best solo production, in addition to being selected by DCTS readers. Of Headscarf and writer-performer Zehra Fazal, DCTS reviewer Anna Brungardt observed, “she’s charismatic and possesses a spastic, almost frantic energy that is endearing and painfully hilarious all at the same time.” Headscarf finished a mere four votes ahead of Children of Medea, Sue Jin Song’s stunning evocation of the Greek myth to describe a Korean family growing up in America.
Diamond Dead, (Continued…), Landless Theatre Company’s undeniable proof that the dead can rock, finished 16 points ahead of Shawn Northrip’s musical reconstitution of Titus Andronicus, Titus X. Of Dead, reviewer Treanor said, “the songs are superb, and superbly executed…The music is beautiful and the lyrics are witty.”
The Bea & Bug, Writing Stories, Wowser Bowser! won the family-friendly category in a landslide, capturing newly two-thirds of the vote. “The show had the audience participating right from the get-go,” DCTS reviewer Joel Markowitz said. “The entire cast was wonderful.”
Lila: The Love Story of Radha and Krishna dominated the dance category, picking up nearly 40% of the vote. DCTS Reviewers Greg Mazullo and Philip Fletcher called it a “riveting evening” and “a must-see performance.”
The poll demonstrated, among other things, that local theatergoers have developed a significant interest in the Capital Fringe. More than fifteen hundred votes were cast on the DC Theatre Scene website in less than forty-eight hours.