Ron Litman, the writer and actor behind Fish Outta Water, is a man of many talents: a great singer, smart actor, huge stage personality, and highly self-deprecating (which is a talent in and of itself). But above all else he is an excellent and concise storyteller.
That, along with some great costume changes and impersonations in between, is exactly what you’ll get from his one-man show (accompanied by musical wizard and sidekick Tom Pile) now playing at the Warehouse.
Starting from his humble beginnings, Litman traces his hero’s journey across the U.S. from Washington to New York City to Los Angeles, loving life in each big city he takes on.
Following his divorce, his wife takes their kids back to her hometown of La Crosse, Wisconsin. Hoping to follow soon after them, our hero is faced with a great question: what happens when you take a born and bred city boy out of his element and drop him in the middle of the Midwest?
Fish Outta Water
by Ron Littman
645 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC, 20001
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What follows is the bulk of his story, rife with misunderstandings, shenanigans, capers, and a great deal of heart. Litman and Pile also have some fantastic musical numbers together. A personal favorite is their razor-sharp lampoon of all things Midwestern and Ocktoberfest-themed in “I Came Here for the Drinking.” The two perform together with such wit and mutual understanding that it makes the performance a real joy to behold, not to mention leaving you in stitches by its end.
To do any kind of one-man (or one-man plus musical compatriot) show requires a lot of charisma and a willingness to carry on in the face of hot stage lights, tough crowds, and technical problems. There were no technical glitches or ornery patrons on opening night thankfully, but Ron Litman has charisma and more to keep you fully engaged the whole ride. It is a story that is both epic and human, delivered by a captivating storyteller.