Author Archive for Chris Klimek

I Was Going to Quit Theater: A Short Conversation with Urinetown Cowriter Greg Kotis

What might a successful Fringe show look like? Probably something like "Urinetown."

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 [...]

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 [...]

Today’s Fringenda: These Go to Eleven Edition

The last weekend of the ninth Capital Fringe is upon us. No time for chitchat; let's get to our 11 recommendations. We were just gonna do 10, but there're a lot of good options on tonight and sometimes you just need that extra push over the cliff.
Refresh: Stories of Love, Sex, and the Internet (Caos [...]

Hip Shot: The Fever

Goethe Institut – Main Stage

Remaining Performances:
Thursday, July 24, 10 p.m.
Friday, July 25, 6 p.m.
They Say: An affluent traveler to a poor country is leveled by a nightmarish but enlightening fever that will challenge the consciences of the most liberal of theatre-goers. Was Marx right? Featuring Pat O'Brien from last year's Fringe hit, Underneath the Lintel.
Chris' Take: [...]

Today’s Fringenda: Wings Over America Edition

Five Capital Fringe shows happening tonight that the agents of our Action News & Commentary Squad have vetted and certified... Fringeworthy! Go.
I Füçkèd Your Country (Goethe Institut: Mainstage, 6:30 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 [...]

Today’s Fringenda: A Cowardly and Superstitious Lot of Recommendations Edition

Happy Batman Day! Fringeworthy née Fringe and Purge alumnus Glen Weldon's Bat-book The Caped Crusade: The Rise of Batman and the Triumph of Nerd Culture won't be out until next year, but maybe you can celebrate by going to see The Adventures of Tapman at Atlas tonight at 7:30.
Our redoubtable Camila Domonoske reports it's a [...]

Today’s Fringenda: That’s Are You Not Entertained!!?-ment Edition

As of today, Day Whatever This is Is of Capital Fringe, Part the Ninth, the somewhat-trained, highly motivated agents of the Fringeworthy Action News and Commentary Squad have reviewed 70 of this year's Fringe shows, or roughly 55 percent. Add to that the shows we've previewed or discussed on the FringeCasting Couch, and that number [...]

The FringeCasting Couch #5 — The SEXPISODE! With Twanna A. Hines of I Füçkèð Your Country & Jonelle Walker of TAME.

FEATURING: Internationally syndicated sex writer and educator Twanna A. Hines, whose solo show I Füçkèð Your Country has been one of the big hits of this festival, earning admiring reviews from Fringeworthy's Jonelle Walker and also from Fringeworthy's Rachel Manteuffel, writing for some prudish place that thinks the show is called I F—– Your Country. [...]