Author Archive for Aaron Wiener

Hip Shot: Delusions of Grandeur

Fort Fringe – Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar
Remaining Performances:
Tuesday, July 24, 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 25, 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 28, 2:15 p.m.
They say: "A classically trained actor, a pompous clown and a girl attempt to create epic theatre. The show devolves into Shakespeare, death, pies and laughter."
Aaron's Take: It's no wonder that the golden age of clowns is [...]

Hip Shot: Boston Marriage

Spooky Universe – Universalist National Memorial Church
Remaining Performances:
Sunday, July 10, 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 12, 7:45 p.m.
Saturday, July 16, 4:45 p.m.
Saturday, July 23, 10:30 p.m.
They say: "Do you like Oscar Wilde? Do you like dirty jokes? Well, David Mamet wrote a play just for you! Come see the raunchy tale of two Victorian women with a [...]

Hip Shot: Tactile Dinner Car

Tactile Dinner Car
Fort Fringe – The Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar
Remaining Performances:
Saturday, July 9, 3 p.m.
Thursday, July 21, 7 p.m.
Friday, July 22, 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, July 23, 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 24, 2:30 p.m.
They say: The '09 Fringe Festival gastro-performance HIT is back! and MOBILE! and dishing up bite-sized portions of our "daringly interactive meal-like extravaganza" [...]

Hip Shot: ‘The Tea Party Project’

The Tea Party Project
Redrum – at Fort Fringe
Remaining performance:
Sunday, July 25 at 5 p.m.
They say: Steeped in tea party hysteria? Try sipping facts. THE TEA PARTY PROJECT exposes the truth behind the tricorn hats – the funny, the bizarre, and the downright horrifying.
Aaron's take: I'll say right off the bat that most of the audience [...]

Hip Shot: ‘Chaidentity’

Chaidentity
Goethe Institut Mainstage, 812 7th St. NW

Remaining Performances:
Wednesday, July 14, at 10 p.m.
Friday, July 16, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 18, at 9 p.m.
Tuesday, July 20, at 10 p.m.
They Say: 'Chai' = 'Life' in Hebrew. Based on his award-winning PBS special, Slash Coleman, the son of a Holocaust survivor, creates a profound and engaging storytelling experience [...]

Hip Shot: ‘FlagBoy’

It takes a good deal of courage to open up one's life to an audience of strangers. And in some ways, Cornelius Jones' life is a profile in courage. But I doubt he would describe it that way. More than anything else, FlagBoy is about coming to terms with who you are—and what's impressive is Jones' ability to transform that self-awareness into a frank, funny, and revealing one-man show.

Hip Shot: ‘The A Cappella Party’

Think West Side Story — only replace the racial strife with a bitter singing group rivalry and the rumble with an A Cappelloff. Does that make it cheesier? Hell yeah, it does. But it's no less fun, and its gross exaggerations of everything that's wrong with college only add to its idiosyncratic charm.

Hip Shot: ‘Pepe! The Mail Order Monkey Musical’

In the seventh circle of suburbia, where routine is king, the mailman serves as entertainer-in-chief, and stifled housewives take solace in the bottle, two brothers — one rebellious and overmedicated, the other so exaggeratedly nerdy that he appears to have suffered from severe prenatal drug abuse — decide, out of boredom, to order a live monkey advertised in a comic book. Of course, the (literal) shit hits the (proverbial) fan when the monkey, named Pepe, bursts in on the boys' mother's bridge game and abuses her terrifyingly Stepfordian friends.

Hip Shot: ‘May 39th/40th’

Every story, play, song, or artwork must on some level answer the question, "Why do we care?" And sometimes "Because it takes place in the future" just isn't a good enough answer. That Louisa needs to kick Sam out so that she can "log on" rather than "go to work" doesn't change the fact that we've heard this story a thousand times before, and it generally doesn't interest us unless we're the ones in bed.

Hip Shot: ‘Dust of Babylon’

An unconscionably bad reporter interviews a scientist who's created a Large Hadron Collider that will soon bring about the end of the world as we know it (and yes, they do quote R.E.M.). For reasons unknown to the characters or the audience, this Prometheus fellow enters, spewing pompous drivel that induces his companions to scream and do push-ups and run circles around him backwards. Finally, the universe comes to a merciful end, and we're treated to an inexplicable dance number.

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