Today’s Fringenda: Sex and Death Edition
A high temperature in low 80s with the humidity confining itself to the civilized low 40s means Hump Day this week is a good day to do anything outside. And wouldn't you know it, that latest Pinky Swear Cabaret opens at the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar tonight.
He're a half-dozen Capital Fringe shows playing today that the carefully selected, highly trained, tireless agents of our Action News & Commentary Squad have thoroughly examined and certified... Fringeworthy.
Satisfaction not guaranteed, but what is life without risk?
I Füçkèd Your Country (Goethe Institut: Mainstage, 6 p.m.) — Veteran agent Rachel Manteuffel, rookie agent Jonelle Walker, and I all agreed: Sex writer Twanna A. Hines' "#SexEd for adults" lecture is informative (even if you think you already know how to unwrap, apply, employ, and then safely dispose of a condom) and amusing, though we'd hoped she would tell a few more stories illustrating how sexual mores and attitudes vary around the world. Ms. Hines has promised to do that in subsequent performances. You'll have lots of opportunities to win condoms, cock rings, paperback erotica, and other prizes, but try not to be the person who wins a vibrator because your phone goes off during the show.
Rock Bottom [A Rock Opus] (Warehouse, 6:15 p.m.) — That selfsame prolific rookie agent Jonelle Walker threw up some devil's horns for Landless Theatre Company's account of the final days of Blood Orphans — a fictitious rock band that's burning out and fading away. "Release your inhibitions and dance," Agent Walker advised.
Ben & Lucille (Atlas: Lab II, 6:30 p.m.) — Even cynical-beyond-her-years rookie agent Eva Harder fell, er, hard for this two-hander about a long distance relationship, written by and featuring Elan Zafir. (He recently appeared in another, edgier two-hander about a troubled relationship, Signature Theatre's production of Tender Napalm.) Agent Harder praised the play's plot, dialogue, and especially Zafir's performance, saying he make her forget he's playing a role. Acting!
The Duchess of Malfi (Mead Theatre Lab: Flashpoint, 7:30) — "“Whether we fall by ambition, blood, or lust, like diamonds, we are cut with our own dust.” Seasoned agent Rachel Kurzius found herself caught in a web of Jacobean intrigue by We Happy Few's new production of John Webster's tragic potboiler. Or is it a potboiling tragedy?
Coosje (Goethe Institut Gallery, 8 p.m.) — It's your last chance to catch this surreal play-with-music about the romance and creative partnership of sculptors & art theorists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen. Greg Benson found it provocative and charming, and I did, too. After Sunday's night's performance, the cast and crew sat on the FringeCasting Couch to discuss the piece's origins and evolution.
Cabaret XXX: EverybodyF*cking Dies (Baldacchino Gypsy Tent, 9:45 p.m.) — This will be the debut performance of Pinky Swear Productions' fourth consecutive gypsy tent cabaret, but their track record is sterling. Expect these bawdy babes (and recurrent PurgeCast guests) to deliver another confrontational, NSFW, sex-positive song cycle. Except that the key trio of larger-than-life characters we've come to love over the years — "Toni" (Toni Rae Brotons), "Allyson" (Allyson Harkey), and "Karen" (Karen Lange) — all get offed this time. And we're all guests at their wake.
If you see these shows or any others, Tweet us @Fringeworthy and let us know what you thought.
Photo of Twanna A. Hines © Andrew Bossi, whose flickr pool can be seen here.