Hip Shot: Apocalypse Story

Wonderbox, 629 New York Avenue, NW

Remaining Performances:

Sorry folks, none.

They say: "After a nuclear strike hits Philadelphia, two young men find an attractive woman asleep in their apartment. Soon the roommates are vying for her attention as all three search for answers about their unlikely survival."

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Hip Shot: Good Girls Don’t, But Indian Girls Do

Chief Ike's Mambo Room, 1725 Columbia Road NW

Remaining Performance:

Saturday, July 16 at 8:00 p.m.

They say: "Comedian Vijai Nathan breaks every taboo as she exposes the underbelly of an Indian American family. She takes you through growing up Indian in a Jewish community: discovering sex in a repressed Hindu household, and finding herself along the way." Read more Hip Shot: Good Girls Don’t, But Indian Girls Do

Hip Shot: A Piece of Pi

The Apothecary, 1013 7th St, NW

Remaining Performances:

Friday, July 15 at 8:15 p.m.
Saturday, July 16 at 4 p.m.
Sunday, July 17 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, July 17 at 8:30 p.m.

They say: "Pi explores the world and examines life's mysteries through a lens of wonder. Their comedic theatre uses acrobatics, juggling, eccentric dance, music, improvisation, puppetry and feats of incredible strength and stupidity, to create a no-holds-barred brawl for licks and laughs. "

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Hip Shot: The Shrewing of the Tamed

The Shop at Fort Fringe, 607 New York Ave. NW

Remaining Performances:

Saturday, July 16 at noon
Tuesday, July 19 at 7 p.m.
Friday, July 22 at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 24 at 3 p.m.

They say: "Are women as funny as men? This feminist adaptation of Taming of the Shrew explores the politics of power, performance, sex, and laughter by taking Shakespeare's original text and turning it on its head."

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Hip Shot: PUN: (n) a play on words

Warehouse, 645 New York Ave. NW

Remaining Performances:

Wednesday, July 13 at 7:45 p.m.
Sunday, July 17 at 2:15 p.m.
Thursday, July 21 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 24 at 2:00 p.m.

They say: "Five of the dictionary's keywords revel in their superior status — until a dark prophesy warns that their power trip will soon come to an end. Can they find a way to stay on top of the page?"

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Hip Shot: e-Geaux (beta)

Goethe Institut – Mainstage, 812 7th St. NW

Remaining Performances:

Friday, July 8 at 8:15 p.m.
Tuesday, July 19 at 10 p.m.
Saturday, July 23 at 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 24 at 6 p.m.

They say: What does your data say about you? Come beta test e-Geaux and discover yourself in this app-etizing combination of theater, improv, and data visualization. Optimized for those with Android and Apple mobiles devices, but fun for everyone.

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Hip Shot: ‘God’s Wrath Revealed and Deserved’

God’s Wrath Revealed and Deserved

The Point — 1013 7th St NW

Remaining Performances:
Friday, July 23, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 25, 5:45 p.m.

They Say: “Are you afflicted by wickedness, evil, greed, and depravity?  Envy, murder, strife, deceit, and malice?  Shameful lusts?  Futile thinking?  Disobey your parents?  Do you INVENT ways of doing evil?  There's hope.  Come see Pastor Daniel.  He's got what you need.”

Adam’s Take: The church cannot seem to escape its conflicted yet unrelenting relationship with art.  It could be that five hundred years ago were the glory days.  Michelangelo did his part with the Sistine Chapel.  Not to mention just about every other Renaissance artist who ever lived.  More recently, however, Chris Ofili’s use of elephant dung stymied that goodwill.  There was then one question: could Andrew Korfhage rebuild what had been damaged through his honest and frank portrayal of Pastor Daniel?  But even a lofty task as that quickly seemed inconsequential when stacked against Pastor Daniel’s laundry list of sins for which the souls of all humanity are on the verge of damnation.

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Hip Shot: ‘Assemblywomen’


The Mountain – at Mt. Vernon Place United Methodist Church
900 Massachusetts Ave NW

Remaining Performance:

July 17, 10:15 p.m.

They Say: “The women of Athens seize control of the government, instating an entirely communal society...even when it comes to matters of love. How far is too far in a democracy? This 2400-year-old farce is as topical as it is hysterical.”

Adam’s Take: World history is like a six-string guitar.  There is no shortage of promise and potential that could come from it.  Pick it up, pluck the right strings, and listen to its magic.  That's the ideal.  But of course it could also sound terrible.  The same holds true for — if I may quote Mr. Jefferson — “the course of human events.”  The possibilities are truly endless.  Where would we be if our ancient Greek forbears had decided that women instead of men should reign supreme?  For Aristophanes such a prospect would have wreaked havoc throughout society.  No. 11 Productions’ take of Assemblywomen seemed satisfied with the fun of just making a little havoc on the stage.

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Hip Shot: ‘Chlamydia Dell’Arte: A Sex-Ed Burlesque’

Chlamydia dell'Arte: A Sex-Ed Burlesque

The Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar – at Fort Fringe
607 New York Ave, NW

Remaining Performances:

Sunday, July 18, 4:45 p.m.
Thursday, July 22, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 24, 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 25,  1:00 p.m.

They Say: "This ain't your mama's sex ed! Join two bawdy broads from Philadelphia to learn about safe sex, masturbation, sexual orientation, and transsexual grandmothers through striptease, fan dancing, and other classic burlesque elements. Come for the titillation, stay for the education!"

Adam's Take: Perhaps this is the quintessential Fringe performance.  Gigi Naglak and Meghann Williams to take full advantage of the idiom's loose strictures, presenting a dozen short vignettes — undeniably campy yet unexpectedly original — to advocate for comprehensive sex education.  Their production combines the racy, raunchy, and outlandish with some truly thought-provoking moments.  The most meaningful of these are snippets of video interviews with several women who speak with candor and humor about their own experiences.  What unfolds on the stage is fun, but has the potential to resonate at a deeper, more emotional level for some.

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Hip Shot: ‘Run Away With Me! A Contemporary Cabaret’

Run Away With Me! A Contemporary Cabaret

The Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar at Fort Fringe,
607 New York Ave. NW

Remaining Performances:
Sunday, July 18 at 2:30 p.m.
Friday, July 23 at 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, July 24 at 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 25 at 3:15 p.m.

They Say: Escape from the madness.  Let the music take you! Run away with us as we explore songs about life, love, and loss.  Music from pop, jazz, country and Broadway. Four singers transport you to another place.  Honest storytelling.  Revealing moments.

Adam's Take: Just one request is made to the audience of this "contemporary cabaret." We are asked to run away with the performers. Forget about the sweltering heat, the summer tourists, and the BP oil spill.  Let four gifted vocalists and a talented musical director, Mary Sugar, take you on a voyage far away from your own troubles. For some of us that could be good. But beware that this show is designed to have you sit back and embrace sixty minutes of easy listening without asking the audience for much else.

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