Archive for July, 2010

Hip Shot: ‘Eight’

Easily among the best of this year's Fringe, this daringly constructed work is a choose your own adventure collection of monologues showing a generation losing themselves far too young.

Hip Shot: ‘Engaged’

Venue: The Mountain, Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church
Remaining Performances:
Friday, July 23, 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 24, 3 p.m.
They say: "Gilbert's precursor to Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Ernest, an entanglement of engagements, inheritance stipulations, and Scottish/English class dichotomy. This farcical comedy follows the shameless flirtations of a cad, and the train wrecks that both [...]

Hip Shot: ‘Salem! The Musical’

A revisionist farce in two acts loaded with decidedly un-Pilgrim levels of innuendo, intrigue, and incontinence.

Hip Shot: ‘My Christian Penis’

My Christian Penis
The Shop, 607 New York Avenue NW
Remaining Performances:
Saturday, July 24th, 11:30 pm
Sunday, July 25th, 4:30pm

They Say: "Manfred is a penis with his own brain and personality. He's a gay-bashing, teabagging fundamentalist worried about going to Hell, as he's inconveniently attached to an agnostic liberal. Religious parody, science fiction and social commentary [...]

Tonight’s Fringe: Pack a Lunch

. . . or better still, money for a turkey burger and a couple-few Bells Two-Hearted Ales. Because the list of shows playing tonight that have earned the approval of your Fringe & Purge Action News and Commentary Squad is long on variety, and long on length.
Assembly Required gets dissembled, surely not for [...]

Hip Shot: ‘Singing Eggs and Spermless Babies’

For all of this madcap novelty,Singing Eggs and Spermless Babies is written in the same key as Gen-X provocateur Kevin Smith's work; even with its ribald wise-cracks on loan from Michael Patrick King</strong, ( "Benedyke Arnold"? Really?), its themes are frustratingly simplistic and conventional. Subversion requires more than just a few dirty words. Overextended at nearly 90 minutes, Singing Eggs presents a crowded field of ideas that an intentionally light piece of musical theater needn't burden itself with.

Tea-Jerk Reaction: Even at the Capital Fringe, personal is theatrical

Combing the Capital Fringe Festival guide carefully turns up a mere handful of shows with identifiable political elements. This is the Capital Fringe Festival, is it not? What gives?

Hip Shot: ‘Losing It’

Losing It
Where: The Point (1013 7th St. NW)
Remaining Performances:
Wednesday, July 21 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 24 at 2:15 p.m.
Sunday, July 25 at 3:45 p.m.
They Say: “This is not a feminist play.  Okay, this is a feminist play.  No, this is NOT a feminist play” according to the program.  They also say:  Meet Mary, a recent [...]

Hip Shot: ‘Surviving Retail’

Surviving Retail
Venue: The Point, 1013 7th St. NW
Remaining Performances:
Wednesday, July 21, at 9 p.m.
Friday, July 23, at 10:30 p.m.
They Say: "Money is the root of all retail sales, just like all evil," say Pete Wright. He's the retail soldier who offers humorous, absolutely true tales and observations from his 20-plus years on the storefront lines [...]

Hip Shot: ‘Santa’s Helper’

Santa's Helper
Remaining performances:
Wednesday, July 21, at 10:15 p.m.
Friday, July 23, at midnight
They say: Jack, a child molester, kidnaps the eight-year-old Jim on Christmas. But haunted by old memories, Jack decides to redeem himself, playing into Jim's fantasy of being Santa's helper. Visiting Jack's past, present, and future, they search for answers and forgiveness.
Erin's Take: Child [...]