Author Archive for Glen Weldon

Hip Shot: Between Takeoff and Landing

Goethe Institut – Mainstage, 812 7th Street NW
Remaining Performances:
Thursday, Jul 14th 10 p.m.
Saturday, Jul 16th 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Jul 19th 8:15 p.m.
Friday, Jul 22nd 10 p.m.
They say: "An untold story of 9/11, the stranding of 6000 airline passengers in Gander, Newfoundland (Canada), population 10,000. This "heartwarming & hilarious" solo performance recounts the story of Irish, English [...]

Hip Shot: An Hour With Ken Johnson: The Secret of the Seven Openings

Goethe Institut – Mainstage; 812 7th Streen NW
Remaining Performances:
Wednesday, July 13th 10 p.m.
Saturday, July 16th 7:45 p.m.
Sunday, July 17th 2 p.m.
Wednesday, July 20th 8 p.m.
They say: "Is this comedy? Theater? An actual motivational talk? Whatever you call it, it will change your life forever, maybe. Off-Broadway writer/performer Laura Zam conjures Ken Johnson. Washington Post praise [...]

Hip Shot: My Dad is Now Ready for His Spongebath

District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th Street, NW
Remaining Performances:
Saturday July 9th, 8:00 p.m.
They say: "Approximately 219,000 people annually in the United States are diagnosed with lung cancer. Even if one of them is your dad, it can be funnier than you think. The perfect show for anyone who has, or ever had, a [...]

Critical Mass: The Unbearable Lateness of Being a Fringegoer and Other Matters

In Which Three WCP Theater Critics Set Out To Discuss Matters of Pressing Import, But Get Stuck Bitching About Draconian Late-Seating Policies, Tapped Kegs and The Fact That The Apothecary is HOT AS BALLS.
Glen Weldon: All right, Graham. Klimek.  It's about time we blew the lid off a subject that THE MAN doesn't want [...]

Hip Shot: ‘Super Claudio Bros. – The New Video Game Musical’

A world-weary plumber wonders if there's more to life than jumping on 8-bit fungi; his jealous brother longs to become Player 1; a Princess aches for adventure and facial hair; an evil platypus just wants to be loved.

Hip Shot: “‘Tis a Pity She’s a Whore”

In this pared-down staging of John Ford's (literally) visceral Renaissance tragedy, several subplots get cut; several characters, cut up.

An Open Letter to Prospective Contestants at Showcase Showdown, in re: Bidding

Gonna be a contestant at Speakeasy DC's Showcase Showdown? Read our handy guide on how not to bid like a complete idiot. Like some people we could mention.

Hip-Shot: ‘Showcase Showdown’

United States Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 123
Remaining Performances:
Saturday, July 10 at 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 15 at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, July 16 at 8:00 p.m.
They Say: "The producers of last year's top-selling show (SpeakeasyDC and The Sin Show) present a storytelling game-show. Hear unforgettable true stories and participate by guessing the end of a [...]

Hip Shot: “Late Bloomers and Glory Days”

The blurb promises — or threatens, I suppose, depending on your point of view — a tried and true reunion-sparks-shattering-revelations drama in the That Championship Season mode. Which is essentially what Late Bloomers and Glory Days delivers — you'll know you're on rails from beginning to end, but the track runs pretty smooth.

Hip Shot: “The Sin Show”

Look, the SpeakeasyDC guys don't need our help — they've a proven record at Fringe as both vets and all-stars, they're selling out shows. So they really don't need us to tell you the show's pretty great, but they're getting it anyway, because, turns out? The show's pretty great.