Native Washingtonian Ron Litman captures the underbelly of the city in his one-man musical satire DC Trash. For the past three years, Litman has worked as a garbage truck driver for the city and brings his experiences to stage in this hilarious and sentimental performance. It’s easy to stay awake and entertained with Litman’s animated […]
Archives for July 14, 2012
Flight of Fancy (A Steampunk Ballet)
The fact that the blog Regretsy has an entire section of its website entitled “That’s Not Speampunk” is a sign that while it may be having a “moment,” there’s also a wide swath of this Victorian-meets-sci-fi genre’s fan base that doesn’t quite get it, often with hilarious results.
James Judd’s Funny Stories
Three days into Fringe and I finally laughed, a lot. As a ten-year veteran of Fringe Festivals, here and in Edinburgh, James Judd knows how to entertain a room even when it’s only twelve people, at noon, on a Saturday, in the hot and sweaty Fort Fringe Bedroom.
AARP, The Musical and Harriet 2.0
The title should have been my first clue that I was a few decades shy of the AARP age demographic, and therefore may not find this show terribly compelling. Add to that fact that this musical wasn’t really a musical, and there was little left for me to connect with.
Theatre Du Jour’s Nightmeria makes its intentions clear even before the first line is spoken. When entering the performance space, audience members are not greeted by friendly ushers but uniformed security personnel, metal detectors in hand. Once inside, you’re met with two flight attendants fixed with eerily vacant smiles and set against massive projections of […]
As far as performance pieces go, the structure of Brian Feldman’s BFF is easy enough to understand. Each show time1 has one ticket. If you buy it, you and Feldman will spend two hours hanging out. That’s it.
Children in the Mist: A Horror Opera
Say “Horror Opera” to fans of either horror or opera and they are as likely to cheer as they are to groan. Will the horror be hamstrung by a cast constantly breaking into song? Will the traditional elements of opera be mistreated in service of the fantastic plot? Although the answer to each is, at […]
What if nothing that happened to Lord Hamlet actually happened to Lord Hamlet. That’s the question We Happy Few’s production of Hamlet attempts to explore. And they do a wonderful job doing so.
The New and Improved Stages of Grief
When a show about death starts with video clips from Mork and Mindy, Woody Allen, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, you can safely assume it’ll have a comic bent. And it’s clear from the first two minutes of The New and Improved Stages of Grief that Mary Carpenter — the show’s creator and performer […]
OCCUPY This! Tales of an Accidental Activist
Some people join the Occupy movement to rise up against a corrupt system. Tommy Nugent showed up with his picket sign to try and get the word “asshole” on national TV.
The Underdeveloped and Overexposed Life and Death of Deena Domino
A middle-aged androgynous person rips off the diaper of someone’s grandmother in the kink-driven throes of a search for “a gift,” then later has that grandmother lick pudding (“I think,” s/he says) off her finger. Now, re-read that.
Wild Night: A Choose Your Own Burlesque Adventure Show
What was simultaneously the best and worst parts of those choose-your-own-adventure books we’d read as children (right, just as children …) was the fact that you just had to explore every avenue. If you went to the candy shop instead of the library, you’d go back and read the other option, until you’d read the […]
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