Welcome to show business! And welcome to this comedy revue where four talented actors burst on and off the stage offering send-ups of various show biz situations, real and imaginary. Geoffrey Brand, Pamela Kasenetz, Peter Orvetti and Cristen Stephansky are the actors who’ve momentarily abandoned serious theatre in order to clown around. And the target […]
Archives for July 10, 2017
Autobiographical solo performances are a major food group at Capital Fringe. Spy in the House of Men follows the recipe step-by-step, but stands out from the rest as particularly well-written and important to hear.
LIFE: A Comic Opera in Three Short Acts is neither quite an opera nor a musical; it is not a really a comedy or a drama. It’s a bit of everything, using classical music, Broadway, doo-wop, and more to tell its story. Neal Learner’s musical, previously presented as a reading with Monumental Theatre Company, returns as […]
Ah, the land of dreams, whimsy, and mouse ears! Main Street, USA, the Matterhorn ride, and Tom Sawyer’s Island. All these are part of a mecca for family entertainment nestled in sunny Anaheim, California. I could only be talking about Disneyland, the original imagineered theme park where children can eat breakfast with Cinderella, and grown-ups […]
An hour of music—wonderfully moody ballads, bluesy numbers, and almost twangy folk songs—is always an hour well spent. Even if that music largely focuses on supernatural themes. Monsters to be exact. Which is the specialty for Dr. Dour (Toby Mulford) and his plucky cellist, Peach (Rachel Spicknall Mulford).
At this point, there’s an entire genre of books, TV shows, and films about bad bosses and the bizarre vagaries of corporate workplaces. One of the perhaps lesser-known but extremely effective installments in this tradition is British playwright Mike Bartlett’s Contractions, which has been given new life in a spare but precisely effective production at […]
Kukui Kikuyu Productions’ Passing – A Stage Play is a fascinating psychological character study in which secrets revealed inevitably lead to a shockingly tragic end which deserves a long life beyond Fringe.
What is truth? It’s a big question to explore in 50 minutes, but Agora Dance’s The Kind of Thing That Would Happen attempts to do exactly that. The result is a beautifully executed, if overly intellectualized, piece of modern dance-theatre.
Ask yourself: how much do you need to know about the inner workings of local government in Flemington, New Jersey? If the answer is “I’d rather know about Flemington, NJ than what’s going on in town in DC right now”, then this may be the sort of soothing show you’re looking for.
How far are we willing to go to seek happiness? That’s the intriguing premise of Jona Tarlin’s Lost Teeth, a world premiere production from New York City’s Blowout Theatre Company which has a promising start but ultimately fails to satisfy.
One of the most frequently performed plays in America today, The Laramie Project, is now on view at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, where the bare stage of the Lang Theatre has been transformed, for the space of Fringe, into the town of Laramie, Wyoming. Laramie, as most people know, is where one of the […]
A cluttered desk, a twenty-minute appointment, a student and a teacher, and what ensues are cerebral twists and turns, well beyond the subdued, weightiness of departmental office hours. We inhabit this narrow space and learn about the teacher and about the student. The student objects to insensitive classroom remarks and is averse to a proposed […]