A woman greeted me at the top of the steps at Caos on F as I trudged up the multi-flights out of the heat. Dripping with gleaming jewelry, a pink goblet of yellow nectar slung between her fingers, she beamed at me with a relaxed smile before I’d reached the top and queried pointedly, “Is there a guy down there letting people in?”
I felt I was engaging a cocktail party hostess ensuring that her guests felt welcome, not a performer about to put on a show, but it was Cigdem Oktem who soon bustled down the aisle exhorting, “Let’s Start the Show!”
Oktem is an earthy, inveterate globetrotter of Turkish blood, whose adventures come with funny stories and the wisdom those experiences have imparted.
Distilling her reflections on these experiences, she has broken human nature into four humorous categories, which one can use to assess one’s own foibles as well as better understand the behavior of others.
The Human Algorithm
by Cigdem Oktem
at Caos on F
923 F Street NW
Washington, DC, 20004
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For roughly each of these–there’s some happy overlap–, Oktem shares her non-PC history of close personal interactions with the denizens of the world, including tales of tuneful taxicab travels, brutal culinary massages, and crappy wildlife encounters, among others.
Oktem’s repartee is quite funny and really engages the audience throughout the show, which on this evening was globally diverse and really enjoyed Oktem’s gentle take on their respective cultures.
Recommend this show if you enjoy travel tales and some humorous introspection.