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The Capital Fringe Festival takes Mondays off, but the lack of scheduled performances doesn’t leave us wanting for work.

Senior members of the Fringe & Purge Action News and Commentary Squad yesterday convened before a huge fireplace at Fort Fringe to have a red-tinted, measured, nuanced, insightful discussion about theater criticism as it relates to both this year’s festival and the practice at large. Gawk as our very own grapple with such heady concepts as quality copy vs. informative content, the limits of audience participation, and Twitter Etiquette for Critics.  Oh, and how actors sometimes sit on our notebooks.

Fringe artists in the fray included Live Broadcast playwright John William Schiffbauer, Open Hearts writer/performer Miriam Kulick, Good Girls Don’t but Indian Girls Do writer/performer Vijai Nathan, and Cry of the Gods actor/manager Hilary Kascer. We’re grateful for their attendance and for their contributions to a lively, free-flowing discussion.