Let’s all give a nice big “welcome home!” to prodigal son Zack Myers, a locally-born multi-talent currently based out of Miami. Myers is currently camped out on the fringes of Fringe in the basement of MLK library, where’s he’s presenting a solo show about influential improv comic Del Close, and doing so with a lot […]
In a Nutshell (review)
Christopher McDonnell, producer, director, and star of In A Nutshell, is to be commended for his ambition. For his production at this year’s Capital Fringe festival, he has chosen to present short plays by some of the great playwrights of the 20th Century, with an interlocking series of intermezzos meant to tie them all together […]
Kick Before You Drown (review)
Gender performance is a balancing act. This is the only-mildly pretentious thought that popped in my mind while watching the ambitious new local dance/circus/theatre company Steal A Step. Somehow it found purchase in between all the gasps, sighs, laughter and winces as their debut production Kick Before You Drown thrilled me more than any Fringe show […]
We’re seeing a particularly intriguing trend emerging at this year’s Fringe: area burlesque performers and troupes trying their hand at more traditional narrative storytelling, while trying to maintain the energy and style of the burlesque format. Burlesque Classique is going the Shakespearean route with A Midsummer Night’s Burlesque, while performer Ché Monique’s Cake! goes meta […]
The Class Act Players are young, talented, and ambitious to an almost irritating degree. With SuperNOVA, the college-aged troupe presents their second full-scale original musical in as many years. Game respect game.
Capital Fringe is open. Now what?
Just minutes away from the opening of Capital Fringe 2016, Ryan Taylor posts the first entry of DCTS’ newest column, On the Fringe. Take it away, Ryan –
The Bridges of Madison County (review)
I must be getting soft in my old age, because I rather liked Bridges of Madison County. I better turn in my Fringe card and buy a mini-van.
District Merchants at Folger Theatre (review)
I had simple plans this Sunday. Laundry. Chores. Shopping for a small dinner party I’m hosting. And finishing off my review of District Merchants, the latest classical adaptation from local rising star Aaron Posner, which I largely enjoyed.
The Who & The What at Round House Theatre (review)
“For you to be happy is all I’ve ever wanted…” Pretty words. Funny how often the subtext is “as long as you’re happy how I want you to be happy.”
Eric Hissom’s a wonder in The Body of an American at Theater J (review)
Paul Watson is, by all evidence, a fascinating man. Best known for a famous photograph of the corpse of a UN soldier being desecrated on the streets of Mogadishu, the Pulitzer Prize-winning war reporter and photographer seems a fascinating contradiction. All manic energy and deep, haunted guilt; a man whose work has had a measurable impact on […]
Solas Nua’s Wild Sky (review)
Good to have you back, Solas Nua. The U.S. premiere of Deirdre Kinahan’s Wild Sky marks the welcome return to full theatrical production of Irish-focused arts group, now under the artistic direction of longtime company member Rex Daugherty. As befits a company that has not had a full-scale production in five years, Wild Sky seems […]
Pulitzer winner The Flick at Signature Theatre (review)
Laura C. Harris has now starred in my two favorite Signature Theatre productions. Her star turn in the immersive physical (and criminally underseen) Tender Napalm put her on my fanboy map, and now her performance in Annie Baker’s subtle, lovely Pulitzer Prize winning The Flick puts her in those rare ranks where I’m pretty sure she’d […]