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 […]
Archives for July 11, 2016
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 […]
How To Be The Perfect Wingwoman is a musical for the modern lady (or gent) that features great voices and really good acting. Jazelle (Kristina Brooks) is a sweet, good girl forever sentenced to the “friend zone.” Her buddy Josh (Jonathan Hilgendorf) is ultimate proof of this.
The Bard has yet another win to tally. 15 Villainous Fools is a meat-and-potatoes show for Capital Fringe, but rarely so well done.
The Jane Franklin Dance Company, hailing from Arlington, Virginia, is very clear and direct about their approach on being a troupe; they layer their physical movements with music and visual arts. Their latest production, Wash Over You, is a multimedia burst of busyness and thoughtful stillness.
“There’s the story people tell about you…and then there’s the story you tell about yourself.” Good Kids is a gut-wrenching examination of victim blaming and the role of social media in modern ‘he said/she said’ situations. Both timely and timeless, Theatre Prometheus’s production of this remarkable play will leave a strong impression on all who […]
Brownie and Lolli Go To Hollywood, a tale of two girls off to fame and fortune via burlesque, sounds like an amusing evening’s romp on paper, but up close, that paper’s pretty thin. Though originally slated to appear in Fringe 2014, this show has the appearance of everyone having woken up three days before the […]
Diana Brown and Susan Jackson as Red and Marion respectively work hard in Death Be Not Loud!, but to what end? Browns’ Red spends two scenes in direct address, ostensibly to her dead mom. She has a lot of anger, which she directs at her two lousy brothers, who never visited mom when she was […]
In an age where relationships begin with a swipe to the right – based on select photos and carefully written profiles – how do you really know you’ve gotten to know the real person behind the digital façade? What do you do when the initial excitement dies and you’re left with someone you don’t recognize? […]