Author Archive for Caroline Jones

Hip Shot: Witches

Witches, trolls, and bats come alive in this new twist on a fairy tale.

Hip Shot: The Old Man Never Let It Go

Lab II—Atlas Performing Arts Center
Remaining Performances:
Friday, July 18 at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, July 23 at 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 26 at 7:45 p.m.
They say: A visual adaptation of The Old Man and the Sea is an original work inspired by a personal battle between life and death, showing strength and perseverance.
Caroline's take: Adapting a well-known story into [...]

Hip Shot: Interrogation

The Mountain at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church
Remaining Performances:
Saturday, July 12 at 10:15 p.m.
Friday, July 18, 8:15 p.m.
Sunday, July 20 at 4 p.m.
Thursday, July 24 at 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 26 at 1 p.m.
They say: A new dark comedy about surveillance and interrogation by the creator of the Fringe hits Krapp’s Last PowerPoint, Edible Rex, The Bird, The Pundit and The Politician. “Feffer [...]

Hip Shot: The Chronic Single’s Handbook

Remaining Performances:
Sunday, July 21, 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 23, 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 25, 10 p.m.
Saturday, July 27, 2 p.m.
What they say: "Remember Mikey, who hated everything? Imagine him grown-up, unemployed, addicted to Ambien and He reads chirpy travel books promising love and romance abroad. He books a world trip: exotic locales, Pepto-Bismol, [...]

Hip Shot: & Afterwards

Remaining performances:
Tuesday, July 16, 8:45 p.m.
Sunday, July 21, 4:45 p.m.
Thursday, July 25, 7:45 p.m.
Saturday, July 27, 8:30 p.m.
They say: "True stories from a country boy who lands in Dupont Circle in 1993. While working at an iconic café, and with the help of Bosnian refugees, rock stars and gay activists, he transforms from [...]

Hip Shot: The Elephant in My Closet

Remaining performances:
Sunday, July 14, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, July 16: 10:15 p.m.
Wednesday, 7/17: 5:45 p.m.
Saturday, 7/20: 12 a.m.
They say: "David Lee Nelson’s madcap dash through the history of the Republican Party and his own political past, as he works up the nerve to tell his conservative father that his worst nightmare has come true: [...]

Hip Shot: “South-Asian American Dance”

Who knew presidential politics could be interpreted through traditional Indian dances? I certainly didn't before seeing this production of the Tehreema Mitha Dance Company, but the combination of traditional choreography with contemporary subject matter landed with surprising resonance.

Hip Shot: “Sari to Skin”

Part monologue, part performance poetry, and part traditional Indian dance, Neelam Patel delivers a deeply personal show that attempts to find some middle ground between her American and Indian heritage. As much as she brings the audience into her stories, the result is most therapeutic for Patel herself: Using the performance as a form of release, she shares her experiences, all of them true, as a way of connecting with her past.

Hip Shot: “Freak Show”

Even the set captures the freakish quality of the show. The legless woman sits on a stool behind a podium, disguising her actual limbs, the Pinhead has his own straw-lined cage to play in, and Aquaboy has a makeshift tank that he can splash around in. And it all happens under a tent, which is so fitting for a show about a circus—a more appropriate venue couldn't be found.

Hip Shot: ‘Immoral Combat’

Yes, it's a satire on the news business, but it's more of a satire of workplaces in general. Whatever happens in this newsroom could happen anywhere else in the world. The group of characters spend the seventy minutes struggling to report the news, proving that regardless of the final product, all news organizations don't run like well-oiled machines.