What I Saw at Capital Fringe

fringe-logoI took buses, cars, Metro trains, streetcars, and even walked to the H Street corridor where most of this year’s Capital Fringe Festival took place in Northeast D.C.

As part of the team reviewing shows for The Washington Post, I saw quite a range from good to bad this year.

Here’s what I saw:

  • A fascinating, tuneful and sometimes poetic look at one man’s life through folks songs, devised in the N.W.A. — Northwest Arkansas.
  • A well-wrought portrait of the acerbic writer Dorothy Parker.
  • A riveting report from the front lines of the Israeli Occupation, crafted from the words of disillusioned soldiers.
  • A less-successful reading of postings following the last Presidential Election.
  • Staying with the political theme, a one man show about a comedian’s run for town commissioner.
  • A musical approach to political commentary from a company that predates the Capitol Steps.
  • And finally, a sketch comedy show about the internet that didn’t work out so well.

Update: It was announced on Sunday that that “It’s What We Do: A Play About the Occupation” won the Fringe Festival Audience Award for Best Best Drama. But Hexagon’s “2017: Let Freedom Zing!” won the best overall show. Accordingly, both have been extended another week, as has “Wit & Wrath: The Life & Times of Dorothy Parker” (and several other plays I didn’t review).


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