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How to Win a Race War: How The Klunch will take on white supremacy fiction
How can liberal activists diminish the power of the Alt Right, a rebranded digital army of white supremacists whose influence manifests in real domestic terrorism? For starters, they can plumb white nationalist literature for the origins of racist conspiracy theories, and then make a satire with music about the products of those imaginings. At least, […]
Elaine May’s Adult Entertainment from The Klunch, an erudite offshoot from its Cherry Red roots (Review)
What do you think of this script for a possible Merchant/Ivory film? Fade in on Melissa, a young, very three-dimensional woman, sitting on a lounge chair in her underwear. Tina, her faithful maid, comes in to tell Melissa that her lover is at the door — with another man. They reminisce about Melissa’s first date […]
Banno’s Porno Pygmalion: Award-winning director back in town for Adult Entertainment
Elaine May’s play Adult Entertainment, currently in previews in a production by The Klunch, “is pretty delightful. It’s kind of a porno Pygmalion sort of play, in terms of porn stars suddenly getting an education, and figuring out what their lives should mean. There’s a lot of nice layers to it, but, more than anything […]
Darkly hilarious Laura Bush Killed a Guy (review)
On November 6, 1963, 17-year-old Laura Welch (future First Lady Laura Bush) was driving down a dark road on her way to the movies when she failed to heed a stop sign, causing a car accident that would take the life of her friend and high school classmate.
Lisa Hodsoll’s playing First Lady Laura Bush in new Klunch comedy Laura Bush Killed a Guy
In The Klunch’s newest comedy, written by Artistic Director Ian Allen, Lisa Hodsoll plays former First Lady Laura Bush as she recounts the incident, as the title suggests, when she killed a guy. In 1963, 17 year-old Laura blew through a stop sign in Midland, Texas, killing classmate Michael Dutton Douglas. There has been much […]
The Last Class: a Jazzercize Play (review)
The Last Class: a Jazzercize Play makes the most of its setting. The story is told in real time during an actual jazzercize routine. The cast’s hard-earned sweat is corporeal proof of their characters’ internal conflicts. There are no convenient black-outs or set-changes to catch your breath during. The relentless peppiness of the exercise routine and […]
The Klunch brings DODO’s acclaimed The Last Class: A Jazzercize Play to DC
Hoping to put you “into a ‘klunch’ (an internet-y little word to describe the state of mind of someone who’s become totally engrossed in something like Facebook, Netflix, or Pokémon Go),” The Klunch is bringing DODO Theatre Collective’s production of The Last Class: A Jazzercize Play to the Trinidad Theater at the Fringe Logan Arts […]
Shows from 2015 I’d pay top dollar to see again
I’m retired now as a critic and when I see a play it is generally as a civilian. In days of old, I might see upwards of a hundred fifty plays a year, and the experience was as commonplace for me as swatting mosquitoes or filing lawsuits. It became like going to an art gallery; […]
The Klunch opens with George Is Dead (review)
George is dead, the victim of an exceptionally bad day on the intermediate slope at Vail, so his widow Doreen (Kerri Rambow), a wonderfully self-absorbed rich person, needs to make this somebody else’s problem. But who?
George Is Dead funny women Kerri Rambow and Fiona Blackshaw
DC theater veterans Kerri Rambow and Fiona Blackshaw headline George is Dead, written by comedic icon Elaine May (Heaven Can Wait, The Birdcage). The one-hour play, opening December 3rd, will be the inaugural show from The Klunch, the new theater company launched by Cherry Red Productions co-founder Ian Allen.