Author Archive for Rebecca J. Ritzel

Hip Shot: Tragedy Averted

The Shop

Remaining Performance:

Sunday, July 28. But sold out.
They say:  "What if the tragic heroines of Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, King Lear and Othello had brunch? In Tragedy Averted, Ophelia, Juliet, Cordelia and Desdemona air their grievances and maybe even find a way to avert their tragedies."
Rebecca's Take:
Certain Fringe shows can draw an audience by [...]

Hip Shot: Lysistrata 1979

Gala Hispanic Theatre
Remaining Performances:
Friday, July 19 6:45 p.m.
Saturday, July 20 12:15 p.m.
Wednesday, July 24 at 8 p.m.
Friday, July 26 at 6:45 p.m.
They say: "The year is 1969, baby, and the Rude Sock Puppet Guerrilla Theater is working to win hearts and minds and end the Vietnam War with their staging of a swinging sex comedy, [...]

Hip Shot: Burlesque of Broadway

Venue: Baldacchino Gypsy Tent
Remaining Performances:
Sunday, July 14, 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 16, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, July 19, 9 p.m.
Sunday, July 21, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 28, 1:45 p.m.
Friday, July 26, 6:45 p.m.
Saturday, July 27, 10:30 p.m.
They say: "Get ready for a sassy, sexy twist and a raucous romp to some traditional Broadway show tunes. Watch the costumes [...]

Hip Shot: Flight of Fancy (A Steampunk Ballet)

GALA Theatre at Tivoli Square
Remaining Performances:
Saturday, July 21st, 11 p.m.
Thursday, July 26th, 6 p.m.
They say: "Flight of Fancy is a theatrical, indie-rock ballet inspired by the 'Steampunk' movement of discovery and possibility during Victorian times. The Aviator arrives as a harbinger of innovation, creating a social movement of self-expression and creativity amongst characters she meets."
Rebecca's Take: Only [...]

Hip Shot: Language From the Land

GALA Theatre at Tivoli Square
No additional performances.
They say: "Language from the Land is a multigenerational dance work that explores what happens when story, history and place intersect. How does the distance between where we are and where we came from inform the way we live, engage and move?"
Rebecca's Take: At the Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, [...]

Hip Shot: Donna Has a Boyfriend

GALA Theatre at Tivoli Square
Remaining Performances:
July 17, 6:15 p.m.
July 20, 8:15 p.m.
Jul 22, 2:30 p.m.
Jul 25, 10:15 p.m.
They Say:"Donna Has a Boyfriend is a collection of three choreographic works by darlingdance, a critically acclaimed local postmodern dance company. The show begins with a meticulous study in spatial patterns and proximity and ends in a chaotic frenzy [...]

Hip Shot: Pandora: A Tragicomic Greek Romp

Studio Theatre, 1501 15th Street NW
Remaining Performances:
Sunday, July 17, at 5:15 p.m.
Thursday, July 21, at 9:45 p.m.
Sunday, July 24, at 11 a.m.
They say: “A classic tale of boy meets girl. Except this time she's got a mysterious box that can destroy the world. Ancient Greek epic meets madcap comedy in a story about monsters, mythology, [...]

C’est la vie des Fringe: Theater (re) for your Bastille Day consideration.

It's Bastille Day, but since you tried, and failed, to get a ticket to that tres chic party at the French Embassy again, the Fringe & Purge Action News and Commentary Squad has some alternative suggestions, starting with Faction of Fools' tor de Commedia dell’Arte, Tales of Courage and Poultry .
Our critic Sophia Bushong, who is [...]

Hip Shot: Gallantry

645 New York Ave NW

Remaining Performances:
Wednesday, July 13, 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 16, 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 19, 6 p.m.
They say: What will Naughty Nurse Lola do when Dr. Gregg propositions her? Will she stay true to her fiance, the patient? Or will she give into her primal lust? Gallantry is a soap opera complete with [...]

Hip Shot: Oregon Trail: Quest for the West!

The Mountain, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
Remaining Performances:
Saturday, July 9, 9:15 p.m.
Sunday, July 10, 3:15 p.m.
Tuesday, July 12, 7:45 p.m.
Wednesday, July 13, 8 p.m.
They say: An interactive musical comedy about five brave pioneers as they journey westward to fulfill their manifest destiny. Help them on their perilous journey as they sing across uncharted territory — comically [...]