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The 2011 Fringe & Purge Action News and Commentary Squad achieved an admirable 50-50 gender balance.

The Capital Fringe Festival is entering its Diamonds Are Forever phase. The unjuried, free-form performing arts festival’s seventh iteration kicks off July 12 and will sprawl across 18 venues through July 29. And with another slate of 130-plus shows from acts ranging from greenhorns to old timers, the menu can be overwhelming. But you can help!

The Fringe & Purge Action News and Commentary Squad is once again looking for a few good women and men to write reviews of Fringe shows. No experience necessary, though we will ask you to follow this handy format and if you want to read this helpful manifesto on How to Make Criticism written by a big goddamn expert whose credentials are utterly beyond reporach, that can only help you.

Reviewers get their tickets comped, of course, and you’ll be compensated for your work with a ticket to another Fringe show of your choice. If you’re looking to break into the District’s vibrant, widely read, obscenely lucrative arts journalism community, this is a good opportunity to get your writing out there into the world. For veterans, it’s a fun way to remain part of the conversation, too. If you’re a participating Fringe artist, you can’t review shows, but we welcome your ideas for other types of posts you’d like to contribute.

If you’re new to the game, please complete this application, which requires you to write a very brief review of a very brief theatrical scene.