Author Archive for Valerie Paschall

Hip Shot: I Tried To Be Normal, It Didn’t Take

Caos on F
Remaining Shows:
Tonight at 7:30 p.m. (at the Goethe Institut–Gallery)
July 26 at 9:45 p.m.
July 27 at 6:00 p.m.
They Say: "Through song, stand up and conversation, Stephanie details how failing at normal was actually succeeding."
Val's Take: It's the obsession of every middle schooler: to be "normal." But the meaning of that word is ultimately quite [...]

Fringe Music Preview: Paint Branch

Performing: Tonight at Fort Fringe with Adam Lempel and The Heartbeats at 10:45 p.m.
They Say: "Paint Branch brings you new songs about loving, losing, striving and the bonds of friendship from Chris Richards and John Davis, formerly of Q and Not U."
Val’s Take: Anyone who had been to The Writers' Center in Bethesda in 2010 [...]

Hip Shot: The Shirt of Happiness

Studio Theatre – Stage 4
Remaining Performances:
Friday, July 19, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 20, 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 21, 12:45 p.m.
Saturday, July 27 12:45 p.m.
Sunday, July 28 12:45 p.m.
They say: “Prince Parsley has lost his spice—he’s flat and sour all the time. So, the Jester presents a quest: Find a truly happy person, and ask for his shirt! [...]

Fringe: A Packing List

Don't be a noob: Let Washington City Paper’s team of Capital Fringe reviewers advise you on what essential items to bring to the experimental-theater scrum.

Suspension of disbelief
Zany. Insane. Silly. Absurd. These adjectives show up a lot in descriptions of Fringe performances. Indeed, some of this season’s shows revolve around wacky plot lines—involving puppets and aliens, [...]

Fringe Music Preview: The CooLots

Performing: Tonight at Fort Fringe with The Delegation at 10 p.m.
They Say: "The CooLots are the original all female rock and soul band hailing from the Washington DC area."
Val’s Take: The best thing to hope for from a fusion of styles is that the whole will be greater than the sum of the parts. For [...]

Fringe Music Preview: More Humans

Performing: Tonight at Fort Fringe with The Tender Thrill at midnight.
They Say: Fringe has actually just used our previous observation that More Humans is a "A trio that writes weird story songs with chugging melodies and twisted grooves."
Val’s Take: It might be easy to miss the sly humor in the band's lyrics the first time around, especially [...]