Think Fringe isn’t family friendly? It is! Exhibit A: Barry Beaver’s Adventures in Happy Valley – LaGoDi Foundation for the Arts’ musical storybook romp. Geared towards toddlers, Barry Beaver is like a live-action Sprout network cartoon. But this isn’t the kind of children’s theatre that has something for the parents. If you’re date is over the age of five, […]
Archives for July 11, 2016
Different, Damaged, Damned (review)
Alric Davis has penned a really remarkable play, and I’m so honored to have gotten a chance to witness this work at the Capital Fringe Festival.
POE, TIMES TWO
Fear is one of the hardest feelings to convey in the emotional panoply of the theater, but POE, TIMES TWO, a solo retelling of two Edgar Allan Poe short stories, grabs the audience by the guts and pulls.
Hello | Brother (review)
Hello | Brother is the stuff Fringe dreams are made of. An evening of two bold and experimental short plays, writer/director solomon HaileSelassie takes a risk and succeeds with flying colors.
The Apocalypse of Darkness (review)
You might think with a name like The Apocalypse of Darkness you’d be served up a screamingly funny horror flick send up, but creator/director Emanuel Wazar is deadly serious. Apocalypse is Wazar’s homage to “the poetic genius” of Clark Ashton Smith of the modern cosmic horror genre. The show feels as old as pre-Aeschylus with solo […]
Dial R for Robot (review)
A recipe for one ambitious musical: throw in Hitchcock’s Rope and the sci-fi film Blade Runner, add in some funky rock tunes by world-groove-jazz trio Djesben, and top if off with video projections and an interactive “choose your own adventure” Twitter poll. Blend it all up and get ready for some Dial R for Robot, […]
Amelia Earhart… IN SPACE!
What is your personal silliness threshold? Your tolerance level for fourth-wall breaking? Your preferred amount of Tang to get sprayed all over your face? Your answers to these questions will determine your overall enjoyment of Amelia Earhart… in SPACE!
“POWER!” Stokely Carmichael (review)
Look: you shouldn’t need me to tell you to run, not walk, to see Meshaun Labrone’s phenomenal one-man show, “POWER!” Stokely Carmichael. It won the special director’s award and played to sold-out houses at last year’s Capital Fringe Festival, and I was thrilled to see it come back this year since I missed it before. […]
Reflecting Antigone (review)
The Rude Mechnical’s Reflecting Antigone is true Fringe: Unique and moving, if weighed down by imperfect execution. If you can forgive it for its many rough edges, you will find a solid and important message at its core.
…and a Ghost Grrl (review)
As I shuffled out of …and a Ghost Grrl, I overheard a gentleman who may have described the show best: “Well, typical Fringe stuff.” The motely crew making up the King’s Players has certainly earned the “typical Fringe stuff” honor. This is their fifth foray into Fringe, and the new Wiccan, lesbian ghost story script by Timothy […]
Alexandra Schools’ Perception, premiering with MoCo Dance Alliance in the Capital Fringe festival, was inspired by an encounter with the senses. Two years ago, Schools’ parents were host family for a young deaf man new to the area. That prompted Schools to think about how our senses inform both action and reaction and, in particular, how […]
12 Steps (review)
Solo shows in small venues are a high-stakes venture for both the performer and the audience. If it’s bad, sitting through it up close and personal can be inescapably awkward. But if it’s good, the intimacy of the venue becomes essential to an experience that rewards both the artist and the viewers. 12 Steps gets it […]