Lakeboat was thought controversial when it debuted 40 years ago, but now it seems almost quaint, verging on classy. The very first script by David Mamet, it features many of the hallmarks of his style: vulgar language, clipped and repeated dialogue, and men being macho and misogynistic.
Archives for July 17, 2017
Fringe performer David Kessler’s worst cell phone moment.
It’s a sold out house, the second performance of Numesthesia, my third Capital Fringe Festival show. The audience is great. I’m feeling their energy; the musicians and I are riding a synergistic wave with them. We’re in the moment. We’re all helping each other. There’s a communal spirit that unites audience and performers.
P.I.C. : The Prison Industrial Complex (Capital Fringe review)
With P.I.C. : The Prison Industrial Complex, the Conciliation Project hits the cruelty of the American criminal justice system hard with just about everything they can throw at it: Scores of characters, plenty of song & dance, real last words from death row inmates, a talk show, a fashion show, a bonfire of strawmen, and […]
Lancer and Lace (Capital Fringe review)
What would have happened if Lee Harvey Oswald’s assassination had failed – but the danger wasn’t over? Lancer and Lace pulls on this historical thread and weaves an interesting yet uneven tale of politics, love, and conspiracy.
Oblivion, an unexpected pleasure (review)
When we are young we do not hide our naked souls from the Godlike scrutiny of our parents, so we do not lie about our thinking. We lie only about our acts. Since we are all sinners, our acts are shameful, but honest confession before our parents brings relief, and redemption. But as we grow […]
Trey Parker’s Cannibal! The Musical (Capital Fringe review)
A man wanders onstage, a mad look above his riotous beard. Another man comes on, petrified with fear, not seeing the disturbing maniac. With lightning speed, the bearded man pounces and tears a massive gash in his victim’s neck. Blood shoots everywhere while the cannibal gargles his hideous laugh, gore oozing down his gullet.
Think Before You Holla (Capital Fringe review)
Ally Theatre Company’s second-ever production is radically different from the first, Miz Martha Washington, a darkly comedic historical play. Conceived and directed by Taylor Reynolds from art series, social media, and conversations with friends, Think Before You Holla is decidedly modern. This devised play is made up of a series of snapshots, monologues, and brief scenes, […]