We hear a scream and a belch of demented laughter. Mary Girard (Eliza Hill) is in the tranquilizing box — an eighteenth-century sensory deprivation chamber, only less fun. She is strapped to a chair with a box over her head; she has already lost thirty ounces to bloodletting.
Archives for July 17, 2015
A Family Reunion at Capital Fringe
Abduction, trafficking, extortion, and cult immersion…just a subset of the many heavy themes crammed into the one hour and forty-five minute A Family Reunion, produced by Out-Side the Box Theatre and playing in the Atlas Performing Arts Center’s intimate Lab II space.
Dishwasher, part of Capital Fringe
Dishwasher proudly proclaims itself as a unique Fringe experience. It is the first show in Fringe history that 1) doesn’t have a fixed venue; 2) occurs at the home of the ticket-buyer; 3) has a variable start time, which will be negotiated in advance between performer and ticket-buyer; and 4) also has a variable running […]
Altered Archives at Capital Fringe
Altered Archives is not a show as much as it is an experience. It is an immersion into human expression and the liaison of the mind unto itself. It is emotion in motion.
Suicide Journals at Capital Fringe
There’s no delicate way to address suicide, and Veronique LaShell MacRae doesn’t try. The Suicide Journals does not shy away from the realities of teens taking their own lives, it stares the issue in the face, saying it’s not too soon to talk about suicide, it’s usually too late.
Out of Silence at Capital Fringe
“I think I should have an abortion. I think it’s for the best.” It’s the choice at the heart of the stories woven into Out of the Silence: Abortion Stories from the 1 in 3 Campaign, playing at Gallaudet University’s Eastman Studio Theater. It’s a fittingly-titled composite montage—a series of fictional vignettes inspired by the […]
MacWHAT? at Capital Fringe
Shakespeare is great as straight drama or as total parody; indeed both Royal Shakespeare Company and Reduced Shakespeare Co coexist happily next door to each other. The goofy, frequently puzzling MacWhat? proves it’s a much dicier proposition to try to pull off both at the same time.
Act Like a GRRRL! at Capital Fringe
I must confess after researching my assignment of Act Like A GRRR!, I was apprehensive. Their description given to Fringe reads as follows: “Act Like a GRRRL (ALAG) is performance of stories, dances and songs created by teenage girls about their lives. As GRRRLs find their voice and speak their truths on stage, they transform […]
The Princess & The Pea (Or) A Millennial’s Guide to Dating at Capital Fringe
The Princess & The Pea (Or) A Millennial’s Guide to Dating wasn’t what I was expecting. Based on the show’s description in the Fringe guide, which includes the ominous phrase “you are the next contestants on The Princess & the Pea,” I was afraid that there might be audience participation. Much to my relief, there […]