Considering the numerous versions of The Merchant of Venice I have seen in the last several years, I wasn’t sure what to expect from a rendition by DC’s Commedia dell’Arte company, Factions of Fools. Having witnessed their exquisite Miser and Our Town last season, though, I should have known that the Bard would be in […]
With the recent announcement that The Big Apple Circus will be ending public performances, circus lovers might be worried about where to get their clown fix. No need to worry: the DC-area is home to an array of accomplished clowns, mimes, and physical theatre companies.
Known for its heightened physical Commedia dell’Arte and mirth, the award winning Faction of Fools Theatre Company takes on Molière’s The Miser for a delightful romp of wit and foolery. In the hands of the Fools, even the slightest nuance can result in a topple of bodies to aid the interpretation and meaning, and this […]
The endearingly minimalist Our Town by Thornton Wilder gets a Commedia dell’Arte treatment from Faction of Fools. Does a Commedia troupe have anything special to bring to the Pulitzer Prize winning play? Indeed they do.
If you are looking for entertaining theatre this holiday and begin to yawn at the thought of enduring one more Christmas Carol, head down to the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) for Matthew R. Wilson in The Great One-Man Commedia Epic. Billed as “1 actor. 12 characters.1000 catastrophes,” you will take in more people and […]
There’s a bloody moment in the first act of Faction of Fools’ Titus Andronicus that goes way, way too far – and it is a mighty relief. We can almost believe up to that point, despite the handful of gory executions that have occurred, that the Fools might have pulled their punches. Sure, we’ve been […]
A blockheaded wooden puppet is hero of Pinocchio, a cautionary tale for children about the importance of obedience winsomely staged in a co-production between the Faction of Fools and NextStop theatre companies.
Here’s a job that you might not expect to be the sort that will prepare you to run a theatre company later in life: usher. On the other hand, maybe it’s the perfect sort of on-the-job observational training, if you’re lucky enough to work at a theatre housing a production that aligns with your own […]
Moliere certainly didn’t invent the chauvinist, but he knew a thing or two about the concept. Faction of Fools proves they know a little bit about gallivanting as well with their adaptation of Don Juan. For those not versed in the legend of the centuries-old seducer, Don Juan (Sun King Davis) is a wealthy libertine […]
Don Juan, Faction of Fools’ newest production, opens this Thursday. Are they ready? And can the intrepid Fools make the fight choreography work in costumes, wigs and, this being commedia, masks? Photographer Ryan Maxwell dropped in on a tech rehearsal at Gallaudet University.