Tonight’s Fringenda: Fair-Weather Edition
Capital Fringe 2012 is 68.75 percent history, and you know what that means: It is still 31.25 percent something else, and indeed perhaps many other things that together add up to 31.25 percent of something! Math! I am just OK at it!
Be that as it may, there are 37 shows on tonight's calendar. The dewpoint will remain in the unseasonably comfortable sub-60 range today but is sooth-said to be returning to infernal norms tomorrow. If you're of the bold comportment that allows for school-night Fringing, the Fringe & Purge Action News and Commentary Squad is advantageously positioned to recommend a few of tonight's offerings. In chronological order:
Mitzi's Abortion (Warehouse, 6 p.m.)—"I spent most of Mitzis Abortion holding back tears," was how Alex Baca began her review, which goes on to acknowledge flaws while still endorsing the show. Blogger Joseph Price and Nu Sass Productions Artistic Director Aubri O' Connor critiqued the show—to director Ryan S. Taylor's face!—on Episode 7 of The Fringe & PurgeCast.
Right to Remain... The Life and Mind of Tupac Shakur (Fort Fringe – Bedroom, 7 p.m.)—Meshaun Labrones Shakur "is fierce, wry and clever, magnetic while drawing connections between himself and Richard III," says Brooke Hatfield. (I profiled Labrone the other week.)
My Princess Bride (Gear Box, 7:30 p.m.)—Writer/performer Joe Brack's love letter to the novel and film The Princess Bride inspired our Sophia Bushong to pen a swooning epistle of her own. While I don't dot my "i"s with hearts like she does, I'll still second her endorsement. Brack's show is wonderful.
Cabaret XXX: Love the One You're With (Baldacchino Gypsy Tent, 8:30 p.m.)—We haven't reviewed this, in any literal or even hypothetical sense. I'm seeing it Friday. But Pinky Swear's prior Cabaret XXX won "Best Musical" in the Pick of the Fringe Awards last year, and the buzz on their follow-up has been every bit as strong.
The Brontes (Baldacchino Gypsy Tent, 10:30 p.m.) —A special performance, added by popular demand. "Just go already," our Brett Abelman urged. He also has a theory about how Dizzy Miss Lizzie is like The Simpsons.
Other shows we've reviewed that perform tonight: Delusions of Grandeur (Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar, 6 p.m.), which our Aaron Wiener says is a lot better when its clowns were silent than it was when they were singing or doing Shakespeare. And Nightmerica (DCAC, 7:30 p.m.), which Sophia says offers an impressive multimedia indictment of our polarized media culture but falls short of empathy or genuine insight.
We'll see you out there.