Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Our annual Fringe round-up: enjoy

We've entered the last week of Fringe, and just like last year, I've put together my roundup of the show's that got 5's from DC Theatre Scene and still have showings left. When available, I've also added reviews from the Washington Post and Fringe and Purge (Washington City Paper's Fringe blog). Fringe and Purge posts end with a "see it/skip it" line so I've given you that too.

If you're thinking about seeing one show this year (or one more) you might start with this list:


  • July 24 @ 3:00 pm
  • Drama
  • DCTS Review
  • Fringe and Purge Review
    • See it: If you’re a fan of great acting and great dialogue.
    • Skip it: If you need an action-driven plot to hold your interest.
  • July 23 @ 8:15 pm
  • July 25@ 4:00 PM
  • Solo Performance
  • DCTS Review
  • July 22 @ 9:15 PM
  • Drama
  • DCTS Review
  • Fringe and Purge Review
    • See it if: You take a socially conscious interest in the child welfare system.
    • Skip it if: You like your metatheater a bit more transcendent.
  • July 22 @ 8:00 pm
  • July 24 @ 10:30 pm
  • July 25 @ 1 pm
  • Comedy
  • DCTS Review
  • Washington Post Review
  • Fringe and Purge Review
    • See It If: You refuse to believe that there is ever more than one way to teach a sex-ed class.
    • Skip It If: You still have nightmares from having watched The Rocky Horror Picture Show on your high school class trip to Florida.
  • July 21 @ 6:00 pm
  • July 24 @ 10:00 pm
  • Solo Performance
  • DCTS Review
  • Fringe and Purge Review
    • See it: If you’re a foodie, a fan of great storytelling, and/or want to see one of the best shows at Fringe this year.
    • Skip it: If you’re on a diet or immune to the joys of food.
  • July 24 @ 7:00 pm
  • July 20 @ 9:00 pm
  • July 23 @ 10:30 pm
  • Solo Performance
  • DCTS Review
  • July 23 @ 8:15 pm
  • July 24 @ 4:00 pm
  • Musical Theater
  • DCTS Review
  • Fringe and Purge Review
    • See it if: You yen for an intimate Dolly Parton concert, but are looking for more affordable tickets. You won’t be disappointed.
    • Skip it if: You like your Galacticas preceded by Battlestars.
  • July 24 @ 8:00 pm
  • Comedy
  • DCTS Review
  • Fringe and Purge Review
    • See it if: You’re prone to powerful fits of nostalgia for the Golden age of radio and fedora-wearing.
    • Skip it if: You reject out of hand the notion that sometimes style is substance.
  • July 23 @ 10:30 pm
  • July 24 @ 5:30 pm
  • July 25 @ 6:30 pm
  • Experimental
  • DCTS Review
  • July 23 @ 8:00 pm
  • July 24 @ 2:00 pm
  • July 24 @ 8:00 pm
  • Musical Theater
  • DCTS Review
  • Fringe and Purge Review
    • See It If: You believe the best playwrights do their work on stage while the play is happening.
    • Skip It If: You enjoy watching Hamlet because you know there is only one way for it to end each time.
  • July 21 @ 6:00 pm
  • July 22 @ 6:00 pm
  • July 25 @ 6:00 pm
  • July 20 @ 6:00 pm
  • July 22 @ 10:30 pm
  • July 25 @ 1:00 pm
  • Drama
  • DCTS Review
  • Fringe and Purge Review
    • See It If: You’ve always been frustrated that the grandest excesses of Greek tragedies traditionally happen offstage. (Because Burke puts ‘em downstage center — vividly.)
    • Skip It If: You can’t keep your Furies and your Fates straight — or even a brisk hour devoted to infanticide is more than you want your Fringe to include.
  • July 21 @ 6:00 pm
  • July 24 @ 6:00 pm
  • July 24 @ 2:00 pm
  • Solo Performance
  • DCTS Review
  • Fringe and Purge Review
    • See it If: You don’t know much (or do know a whole lot) about the campaign to pass the Equal Rights Amendment and think personal narratives can make for thought-provoking theatre.
    • Skip It If: Tales of lobbying, political jockeying, the ethics of leadership, and fundraising with movie stars bores you.
  • July 22 @ 10:00 pm
  • July 23 @ 11:00 pm
  • July 25 @ 7:00 pm
  • July 20 @ 6:00 pm
  • July 24 @ 10:00 pm
  • July 23 @ 7:15 pm
  • July 24 @ 12:30 pm
  • July 25 @ 3:15 pm
  • Musical Theater
  • DCTS Review
  • Fringe and Purge Review
    • See It If: You are equally devoted to the tunes of “the American songbook” as WNYC’s Jonathan Schwartz.
    • Skip It If: You believe that any music without a drumbeat is archaic, if not downright awful.
  • July 20 @ 8:00 pm
  • July 23 @ 6:00 pm
  • July 22 @ 8:00 pm
  • July 25 @ 5:00 pm
  • July 20 @ 6:00 pm
  • July 24 @ 1:30 pm
  • Drama
  • DCTS Review
  • Fringe and Purge Review
    • See It If: The melancholy-yet-menacing siren song of the sea calls to you. Or you’re just a bargain hunter looking for the best minutes-per-dollar deals that Fringe has to offer.
    • Skip It If: You always thought Meat Loaf was kind of full of it when he claimed that “Two out of three ain’t bad.”
  • July 25 @ 6:30 pm
  • Drama
  • DCTS Review
  • Fringe and Purge Review
    • See it if: VC Andrews-brand siblings + “Have at you!” + Post-mortem dismemberment = Your winning formula.
    • Skip it if: You’re unwilling to wait a bit to get your visceral ya-yas out, and routinely eat dessert first.
  • July 22 @ 8:00 pm
  • July 24 @ 6:00 pm
  • July 25 11:30 am
  • July 21 @ 8:00 pm
  • July 25 @ 11:00 am
  • Musical Theater
  • DCTS Review
  • Fringe and Purge Review
    • See it if: You like music and high quality performers with ‘Rent’-esque moments.
    • Skip it if: You don’t want to hear even a second of Toad the Wet Sprocket meets Nelson. (Look ‘em up for a laugh.)

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