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Kind of Blue: Chris Genebach as Prince Hamlet

This is it, thrillseekers: The concluding weekend of Capital Fringe VII: The One Before Capital Fringe VIII. There are 45 shows starting between 6 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. this evening (plus the experiment in compressed intimacy BFF at 4:30) so we are almost already behind schedule.

Item! The Fringe & PurgeCast returns this evening, with an eXXXtra-special eXXX-isode featuring a cabaret of lusty ladies. Join us as we welcome the Daughters of the American Revolution to Purge Studios on tonight’s no wait that’s not right. Anyway: Check this space early tomorrow afternoon for what I have no doubt will be the sexiest PurgeCast yet. Yes, sexier than the DC Trash episode. This I pinky-swear to you.

Enough foolishness! The Fringe & Purge Action News and Commentary Squad has recommendations.

The Cloudism Project (Baldacchino Gypsy Tent, 6 p.m.)—-This is where I’ll be starting my evening, with a tent show at 1800 hours, when Accuweather says humidity will be 70 percent with a dewpoint of oh just kill me. But hey, FPANCS blogger Rachel Manteuffel will have to perform under those conditions, because she’s in the show. (DISCLOSURE: FPANCS blogger Rachel Manteuffel is in the show.) FPANCS blogger Catherine Aselford decreed this one good if you seek adventure, or the spotlight or are currently stoned.

Hey lady, adventure is my stoned.

OCCUPY This! Tales of an Accidental Activist
(Caos on F, 6:15 p.m.)—-Tommy “Rev. Nuge” Nugent‘s storytelling show about his surprising journey to belief and participation in the Occupy movement in his native Detroit never feels like agitprop because it’s entirely personal. (I wrote about Nugent in my story on Occupy-themed Fringe shows and interviewed him on the PurgeCast).

The Extermination Machine (DCAC, 7:30 p.m.)—-Agent Manteuffel was mightily impressed by Kim Curtis‘s performance as aged Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, on trial for his soul.

Hamlet (Mead Theater Lab – Flashpoint, 8 p.m.)—-Ham-whatnow? Anybody ever heard of this? Me, neither. But I’ve been hearing lots of folks praise this stripped-down, six actor, 90-minute version of the psychologically complex tragedy starring the great Chris Genebach as the melancholy Dane and featuring thrilling fight choreography by Casey Kaleba.

Tent of Dreams: An Occuplay (Gypsy Tent, 8 p.m.)—-Also featured in my piece about Occupy-themed shows, this first world premiere from Nu Sass Productions is a kind of hourlong primer on the movement built around archetypes that first-time playwright Emily Crockett observed while reporting on the protests in Zuccotti Park in New York City and here in DC, too, for Campus Progress. (ToD Director Emily Todd and Nu Sass Artistic Director Aubri O’Connor talked about their show on the PurgeCast.)

Hysterical Blindness (Caos on F, 10:15 p.m.)—-Manteuffel — her again!—-on Justin Purvis‘s solo show about losing his sight: “Often in fiction that deals with progressive, incurable disease, the sick person gets brave, or stoic, or depressed, or symbolic of the resilience of the human spirit. What rarely happens in fiction but happens a lot in real life is the sick person becomes hilarious. Darkly hilarious maybe, but the very absurdity of your own body failing you when your own body IS you allows you to say things other people are afraid to say.”

Raising Cane: A Family Portrait (Redrum, 11:00 p.m.)—-“If you came for violence, you will love this play,” Agent Aselford observed. She went on to make the criticism its brutal stage-fighting stands in for psychological depth, making it a kind of inverse Hamlet. Ironically, Raising Cane producers Grain of Sand Theatre won Best Drama in last yea’s Pick of the Fringe Awards for… Hamlet Reframed. (We interviewed them about it.)

We’ll see you out there!