Archive for July, 2014

Mason Jarred: Was a Piece About Freemasons Too Fringey for Capital Fringe?

Andy Baroch had a pencil sharpener shaped like the Washington Monument in one hand, and a hammer in the other.
As he pummeled the tiny obelisk into the grass by the Capitol Reflecting Pool, the hammer’s head flew off. The mini-monument stayed intact, though covered in dirt. “This gives me no pleasure,” he said, as the [...]

We’ve Got to Get Out of This Place: Notes on Capital Fringe’s Last Year at the Fort

“We want the cops to come,” Julianne Brienza boasted to the audience at the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar Sunday night, as she prepared to announce the ninth Capital Fringe Festival’s award winners. “We want them to try to shut us down.”
But five hours later—still an hour before the beer garden closed its gates on New [...]

The FringeCasting Couch #7 — With (75 Percent of) the cast of You, Or Whatever I Can Get

FEATURING: Vaughn Irving! (Pictured at left.) Farrell Parker! (Pictured at right.) Doug Wilder! (Pictured at top.)
DISCUSSED: You, or Whatever I Can Get. Using a schematic method to write a musical that feels organic. Why an entire generation has passed since an original musical produced a hit pop song — though none of us thought to [...]

Fringe Music Preview: One Nation Under a Groove

Baldacchino Tent Bar – Fort Fringe
Tonight at 5:00 p.m.
The CooLots EP by The CooLots
Val's Take: The CooLots are one of Capital Fringe's repeat performers, this time bringing their funk-infused brand of rock and roll to give the festival a fiery conclusion. Their bass lines are formidable and the lyrical messages empowering and dangerous. The rock that they [...]

Hip Shot: Giant Box of Porn

Remaining Performances:
Sunday, July 27th at 6:00 p.m.
They Say: Young couple Ron and Kate return home to find a giant box of porn in their living room. This comedy explores life’s most important questions: What kind of burglar breaks in and leaves porn? Is it okay to buy baby paraphernalia just because it’s on sale? And, [...]

Hip Shot: Relationsh!t

Bedroom – Fort Fringe
Remaining Performances:
Sunday July 27, 3:45 p.m.
They Say: Awkward break-ups, fights with lovers, miscommunication with grandma: every relationship has its complications. Come explore the ups and downs of the human connection through sketch comedy. Take a big whiff of the truth: all relationships are a little shitty.
Val's Take: "Relationshit" might be a Freudian slip [...]

The FringeCasting Couch #6 — Critics’ Panel, on the Best and Worsts of Capital Fringe 2014

FEATURING: Brett Abelman! Camila Domonoske! Joseph Price!
DISCUSSED: Breast in Show. Waiting for Armageddon. Giant Box of Porn. You, or Whatever I Can Get. A Fire in Water. Refresh: Stories of Love, Sex, and the Internet. The Dish.
WE'RE SORRY: We couldn't remember offhand the names of all the creators of the marvelous You, or Whatever I [...]

Fringe Music Preview: Chain and the Gang

Baldacchino Tent Bar – Fort Fringe
Tonight at 8:30 p.m.
Val's Take: Chain & the Gang, the sassiest band in America, has returned from their European tour, shiny blazers and funky bass lines intact, and they're touching down at Capital Fringe with the intent of showing that Minimum Rock and Roll, [...]

Hip Shot: Point…Blank…Period!

Gallery – Goethe Institut
Remaining Performances:
Saturday, July 26, 6:45 p.m.
They Say: The crimson wave! The period demystified. Point. . . Blank. . . Period! is an insightful view on a woman's love/hate relationship with her period! Whether you're a man or woman, PBP will have you saying, "Once a month is more than enough!"
Val's Take: Director/cowriter/performer Tramaine Braithwaite knows [...]

Hip Shot: La Llorona

Fort Fringe — Bedroom
Remaining Performances:
Friday, July 25, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 27, 1:45 p.m.
They say: Andy Walker, a public defense attorney, is assigned to defend Marina Renaldo, a woman accused drowning her two children. The two women begin to develop an unlikely friendship. Meanwhile at home Andy struggles to save her marriage, as she and her [...]