Posts Tagged ‘Faction of Fools’

Faction of Fools’ Bloody, Gut-Busting Titus Andronicus, Reviewed

Titus Andronicus has the reputation of being William Shakespeare’s bloodiest work, so it should surprise no one familiar with the play or the Commedia del’Arte troupe Faction of Fools that the latter’s version of the former comes with a splash zone. When entering the theater, audience members are warned that sitting in the first three [...]

ToDo ToDay: “#coping,” Bidwell’s Opening, and Photos of Mars

Conceptual artist Jenny Holzer is best known for her play with language—her short declarations have decorated the sides of buildings, windows, street posters, and a cylindrical light column inside the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Now, taking a cue from Holzer, local multimedia artist Claire Briggs investigates expressions of grief and their commodification in “#coping.” In [...]

Silly Masks, Serious Ideas: Faction of Fools’ Don Juan Opens Tonight

The question on Matthew R. Wilson's mind is "What is the game?"
When adapting a play, the director starts by identifying key themes. Then, he says, the question is, "OK how do we physicalize that? What's the game of that?" He means it somewhat literally: The director, who helms the new Faction of Fools production of Don [...]

Opening This Week: Inferno, Stars and Stripes, “The Next Wave,” and More

What's new this weekend in local arts.
Opening in conjunction with the Washington, D.C. International Design Festival, "The Next Wave" is a 4,000 square foot exhibition that explores industrial design within the last 13 years from Spain, Italy, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, and the United States. There are more than 100 objects on view, including lighting, [...]

ToDo ToDay: Lar Lubovitch Dance Company! Commedia Dell’Arte Christmas!

It looks like a typo on the Kennedy Center’s schedule but it’s not a mistake: The 44-year-old Lar Lubovitch Dance Company makes its debut at the center tonight. Since 1968, Lubovitch has been quietly choreographing ballets, figure-skating routines, and Broadway musicals, all while running his own company. In these recent recession years, Lubovitch has grown [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: The Big Meal, The Avengers, Black Cobain

Chris Klimek leads this week's arts section with reviews of Studio 2ndStage's The Big Meal, a stripped-down and inventive distillation of several lifetimes, all in a Midwestern restaurant; and Washington Stage Guild's Wives and Wits, a George Bernard Shaw twofer. He also reviews Hamlecchino, Clown Prince of Denmark, Faction of Fools' witty if overlong translation of [...]

Capital Fringe’s Wattage Series: The House With Two Doors

The House With Two Doors premieres Thursday as one of three productions in Capital Fringe's new Wattage performance series. The play, presented by the Faction of Fools Theatre Company, is steeped in the Commedia dell'Arte tradition: masked physical comedy with roots in 1500s Italy.
The play—a Renaissance bedroom face—is based on one of the 176 Casamarciano [...]