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The last weekend of the ninth Capital Fringe is upon us. No time for chitchat; let’s get to our 11 recommendations. We were just gonna do 10, but there’re a lot of good options on tonight and sometimes you just need that extra push over the cliff.
Refresh: Stories of Love, Sex, and the Internet (Caos on F, 6 p.m.) — Solo performer Matthew Schott is “vulnerable and fearless in sharing failures, perversions, and the self-disgust that threatens to consume him,” wrote veteran critic (and amateur crimefighter) Joseph Price of this look back at the lawless Thunderdome that was the Clinton-era Internet.
Lucretia Borgia: A Play (Atlas: Sprenger, 6 p.m.) — “Combining dance, shadowplay, a dash of slapstick and just a hint of narrative order, Lucretia Borgia offers an impressionistic meditation on female identity,” observed rookie agent Joshua Buursma.
Ben & Lucille (Atlas: Lab II, 8 p.m.) — Even cynical-beyond-her-years rookie agent Eva Harder fell, er, hard for this two-hander about a long distance relationship, written by and featuring Elan Zafir. (He recently appeared in another, edgier two-hander about a troubled relationship, Signature Theatre’s production of Tender Napalm.) Agent Harder praised the play’s plot, dialogue, and especially Zafir’s performance, saying he made her forget he’s playing a role. Acting!
Medea’s Got Some Issues (Warehouse, 8 p.m.) “Even if infanticide isn’t your go-to joke well, the play is uproariously funny because the acid-tongued Medea (Lisa Hodsoll) is both painfully self-aware and a ghastly example of cognitive dissonance,” senior agent Rachel Kurzius opined.
TAME. (Gearbox, 8:15 p.m.) — It’s The Taming of the Shrew as reimagined — by our own beloved rookie agent Jonelle Walker — in Lake Charles, Louisiana circa 1960.
The Program Assistant (Fort Fringe: Redrum, 8 p.m.) — Agent Buursma wasn’t over the moon for John Krizel’s comedy about careerist Washington, but he praised its thorough knowledge of its subject and its performances. It’ll be someone’s favorite Fringe show.
The Tumbling (Fort Fringe: Bedroom, 8:30 p.m.) — From senior agent Rachel Manteuffel’s review: Stephen Notes’ “particular motivation in writing, directing, producing and starring in his own Fringe show opposite four women at least a decade younger in revealing clothing (who also keep asking concerned questions about [his character’s] penis) aside, the play has a sort of fun absurdist glee, with a couple of funny lines that got no laughs at the production I saw, either because of Notes’ delivery or because we were all so creeped out.” Rave!
The Dish (Goethe Institut: Gallery, 8 p.m.) — “Any fan of the Food Network knows the cooking show genre is ripe for parody, and the cast of The Dish dig in with relish,” wrote rookie agent Alex Federman of Fringe favorite Jenny Splitter’s new comedy.
Waiting for Armageddon (Atlas: Lab II, 9:45 p.m.) — This is your last chance to see singing satirist Ron Litman’s third Capital Fringe show, an energetic and funny meditation on the profound We’re Fucked-edness of the hapless human race. And the songs he and longtime collaborator Tom Pile have come up with are catchier than ever. In a better world, a guy with Litman’s talent wouldn’t have to haul garbage for a living; in a lesser one, we wouldn’t know how talented he is.
Report to an Academy (Caos on F, 9:45 p.m.) — “In the role of the advanced ape Red Peter” — the star of the 1917 Franz Kafka short story from which this play is adapted — “Robert McNamara keeps the audience entranced,” wrote rookie agent Marshall Bradshaw. “The play could have gone for half again as long and still keep the audience in his grip, which is no small feat for a high-concept, one-man show.”
You, or Whatever I Can Get (Baldacchino Gypsy Tent, 11 p.m.) — “This musical isn’t about dating, it’s about intimacy,” wrote Agent Walker in her rave review of this original song cycle from Vaughn Irving and Steve Przybylski. Irving co-wrote last year’s Disco Jesus and the Apostles of Funk, which won the Director’s Award. So that’s a good pedigree.
Get out there, everyone. Make it a night to remember.
Blue Moon / Red River photo © 2014 Andrew Bossi, whose flickr pool is here.