We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know.
Splitting Hairs is about the world of competitive facial-hair. More specifically, it’s about the men who make an annual pilgrimage to the World Beard and Mustache Championship. With subject material so offbeat, the footage ought to carry itself. Yet somehow, director F. Stone Roberts manages to fumble, giving two facial-hair heavyweights—Phil Olson, looking like D.H. Lawrence on a Sunday trip to Whole Foods, and the mustachioed Bruce Roe—barely a chance to develop their mutual animosity. This despite gems like interviews with professional bearders not affiliated to a club (“free agents”) and a scene with a “22-year-old rising star” standing shirtless in front of a mirror as Phil conditions, brushes, blow-dries, and offers advice.
At 10:30 p.m. at Round House Theatre.