Misfortune, misfits, and mis-direction. All plague the “D.C. State Players” and as Tonee Bollocks (a.k.a. Tony Bollocks), the “Director,” leans toward the audience, he pontificates, “the best laid plans of mice and men… ” “…are like sands through the hourglass,” finishes Gabriel Sweetbottom, (a.k.a. Gabriel Swee) the “Producer.” Laughter sounds, and three minutes in, it’s […]
I last intimately encountered Shakespeare was in high school and now only recall sporadic lines of his poetry, but, as I watch the opening scenes of Mme. Macbeth–a gender-bending interpretation of an, otherwise, traditional telling of Macbeth–Hamlet (surprisingly) knocks from the furthest mile of my memory: “Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounce it to you, […]
Everyone can get behind “Angry Birds”—even my dad, at 66, refuses to surrender the IPAD these days—but, God’s into it as well? Would it surprise you if that has been the hold-up for unfulfilled prayers since 2010? The Big Guy’s been too busy shooting-off virtual fowl to deal with the love and life muddles into […]
Billed as a Physical Comic Operetta, be forewarned that Stone Age Recreation: An Operetta is really more a dramedy with physicality.
Barbara Selfridge is a woman put-upon. Her mother’s a non-feminist idiot whose sweet voice attempts to mask the dark sentiments of certain words. Her father’s an “asshole, asshole, asshole,” drunkard, diabetic lush and once brilliant mathematician whose old age pastimes include peeing on his shoes. And her older sister’s daily seizures condemn her to a […]
Pillar’s got a problem, and so does her Mama—she weighs a metric ton. Fortunately for Pillar, really named Karen, kleptomania is easier to hide than morbid obesity.
Fired, retired, lonely and lost, a group of strangers collide on the steps of Freedom Place in DC and together step into song. Not just any random drum and guitar charade, but a soulful concoction of the best of Irving Berlin (“White Christmas”, “There’s No Business Like Show Business”) and Harold Arlen (“Somewhere Over the […]
This just in! Camilla Sanfrancisco is hot on the trail of success. Where in the world? The Untold Story of Camilla Sanfrancisco opens with song. The ACME Detective Agency’s star sleuth is MIA. The office is in a tizzy. “Trackers” whiz around in office chairs trying pinpoint her location. The tracking tool of choice? An […]
To enjoy this Fringe offering, you must surrender to the notion that our current surround sound of pop culture has already made spectacles of morbid obesity, drug dependence, gender identity, sexual misconduct, economic collapse and brute backstabbing more gut wrenching than 20 years of Jerry Springer ever did. In this production, no topic is too […]