Archive for July, 2012

PurgeCast EXTRASODE! Director’s Award winners Imagination Meltdown Adventure and A Day in the Life of Miss Hiccup

The Director's Award, bestowed by festival director Juliane Brienza for general excellence, was shared by two Capital Fringe artists this year: Fringe perennials Pointless Theatre for Imagination Meltdown Adventure and Capital Fringe novice Yanomi, a Tokyo native who has been touring her A Day in the Life of Miss Hiccup on a circuit of North [...]

PurgeCast EXTRASODE! Pick of the Fringe Best Drama winner We Tiresias

Playwright Stephen Spotswood and actor Melissa Hmelnicky discuss their Greek tragedy spinoff We Tiresias, which took Best Drama at last night's Pick of the Fringe Awards.
Fringe & Purge Action News and Commentary Squad alumnus Glen Weldon reviewed Spotswood's play Born Normal in the 2008 Capital Fringe Festival. And Olivia Gunn filed this notice on his [...]

PurgeCast EXTRASODE! Pick of the Fringe Best Comedy winner R.U.X.: Rockwell’s Universal seXbots

Being an uncharacteristically brief discussion with some the creators of Pick of the Fringe Best Comedy winner "R.U.X.: Rockwell's Universal seXbots." Playwright Maurice Martin, director Sun King Davis, and actors Aubri O'Connor and John Tweel talk about developing their sharp-witted but surprisingly warm show.
Our review of R.U.X. is here.

How My Troupe Made the Money It Did at Capital Fringe

That's how much revenue my sketch-comedy group, Orbit Chef, needed to scrape from the Washington-area masses to break even with Apocalypse Picnic at this year's Capital Fringe Festival. That number used to be $2,500, but that was before an opening week panic attack drove us to splurge on an ad in Express. Bye-bye, $117. Then [...]

Fringe & PurgeCast #11 — A Nutritious Journey to Planet Egg

Fringe & Purge Action News and Commentary Squad bloggers Rachel Manteuffel and Chris Klimek have a close encounter with the artists responsible for the largely edible, real-time puppet-cinema (we'll explain) sci-fi epic PLANET EGG: Creator/director/puppeteer Zvi Sahar, puppeteer Justin Perkins, sound designer/foley artist Ien Denio and producer Ali Skye Bennet. They are Puppet Cinema.
Planet Egg [...]

Hip Shot: McGoddess

Studio Theatre-Milton Theatre
Remaining performances:  
Saturday, July 28, 9:15
They say:  "'Can I eat a Big Mac, and still be a Hindu?' wondered Vijai since she was five. Caught between her Marxist father, born–again Christian sister and superstitious Hindu mom, Vijai hilariously struggles to find the meaning of faith in America."
Rachel's take:  Vijai Nathan is the real [...]

Fringe & PurgeCast #10 — Love the Ones You’re With

Toni Rae Bortons, Christina Frank, Allyson Harkey and Karen Lange of Pinky Swear Productions vist PurgeCast HQ for an interview and performance following their closing performance of Cabaret XXX: Love the One You're With. Stage manager Brett Abelman (also a member of the Fringe & Purge Actions News and Commentary Squad) provides handclaps and [...]

Hip Shot: Me and the Devil Blues

Remaining performances: 
Saturday, July 28, 10:45 p.m.
Sunday, July 29, 4:45 p.m.
They say:  "Join the Devil and his musical guest, Robert Johnson, King of the Delta Blues, for a late night show you'll never forget. Mainly because no one gets to leave. A dark experimental blues rock extravaganza — all night, every night."
Rachel's take: "Guten tag.  Velcome [...]

Hip Shot: 3rd Annual “Fool for All”: Tales of Marriage and Mozzarella

Venue: Studio Theatre- Milton Theatre
Remaining Performances:
Saturday, July 28th, 5:15 p.m.
They Say: "A cheesy take on romance from DC's award–winning Commedia dell'Arte company. Over 40 of your favorite actors perform a sampler platter of inventive, original scenarios. Critics call Faction of Fools 'witty and intelligent' with 'awesome feats of physical comedy.' ASL interpretation at all [...]

Hip Shot: Almost, Almost Maine

Venue: Goethe Institut- Gallery
Remaining Performances:
Sunday, July 29, 5:15 p.m.
They Say: "Stage vignettes and video interludes showcasing the surprise, joy, growth, disappointment, remorse and finality that LOVE brings. Two players, ten characters."
Sophia's Take: Almost, Almost Maine is Almost, Maine presented almost in its entirety. Seven of the nine vignettes from John Cariani's play make it to the Goethe [...]