Tonight They’re Gonna Rock You Tonight: Being an Unscientific Guide to Bet-Hedging as Capital Fringe VI Begins
The burning sensation in between your toes? Probably means you need to wear socks and wash better. But the electricity you feel in the air is because we're a mere four hours out from curtain-time on the sixth Capital Fringe Festival's opening salvo of shows!
The 22 Fringe offerings popping off this evening between roughly happy hour and primetime offer you puppets, maxi-pads and Moby Dick (with puppets). Here're a few from which we're expecting greatness, or at least notable weirdness.
Megan and David's Original Low-Cost Creativity Workshop: Jo Firestone and Dylan Marron gave us the funniest show of last year's Fringe, Ridgefield Middle School Talent Nite, picking up the Director's Award for their trouble. We at Fringe & Purge would probably watch them read the Apple End User License Agreement. The fact they have a new 60-minute show for us is just the icing on the Apple End User License Agreement. (The Shop; 5:30 p.m.)
Logic, Luck and Love: This is like applying to a safety school. The four storytellers performing this—Jennifer Moore, John Kevin Boggs, Molly Kelly and Dustin Fisher —are all seasoned Speakeasy DC veterans, so this is a poor specimen of the sort of apeshit stuff we at Fringe & Purge would encourage you to pursue. But hey, not everyone is the betting type. Rest assured: The probability this will suck is almost nil. (Wonderbox; 6 p.m.)
On the Rag to Riches: The ability to read a room is the performer's bestest, truest friend. At the Fringe preview event last Friday, fourth-time-Fringe-performer, first-time-producer Katie Molinaro was one of the few on the bill seemed to understand that subtlety does not play in the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent. Fronting an all-female rock quartet—which, right there, amounts to pandering to this particular Fringe & Purge-erer's disposition at least as much as calling your show Who Killed Captain Kirk? does—Molinaro sang a song from the new musical on which she collaborated with The Horrors of Online Dating composer/playwright Shawn Northrip. It's about one woman's relationship problems, apparently. On a possibly related note, she stuck a maxi-pad to the back of the stage on her way out. All's fair in love and Fringe. (Baldacchino Gypsy Tent; 6:30 p.m.)
Tactile Dinner Car: How it took so long for the world to produce a theatrical adaptation of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti's 1932 Futurist Cookbook is beyond us, but this elaborate, food-truck-and-Buckminster Fuller-inspired restaging of a piece banished? productions first performed at the '09 Fringe is hands-down the most inventive item on tonight's Fringe menu. You don't just watch this show; you taste it, too. Literally. They make you eat stuff. (Baldacchino Gypsy Tent; 7:30, 7:45 and 8 p.m.)
e-Geaux (beta): Social media celibates will want to give this one a wide berth. But if you're one of those folks who won't accept that it happened until you've updated your Bookface profile about it, then you're probably game for this product-demo-as-performance, wherein mobile app developer Pepys, Inc.—an out that includes CapFringe vets Amy Couchoud and Joseph Price-–promises to create a unique, made-to-order performance culled from audience members' social media data. If you go, make sure to tell us whether that's as sinister as it sounds. (Goethe Instituit Mainstage, 8 p.m.)