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Posted at 5:55 PM ET, 07/11/2006

Fringe Benefits

By Erin

For the first time ever, Washington is hosting a theater bonanza in the Capital Fringe Festival. Though the event will feature music and art, its primary focus is on theater and lots of it. The hub of the festival will be in the Chinatown neighborhood, and locations throughout the city will host events. From puppet renditions of Edgar Allan Poe to a 24-hour improvised dance show, the festival will saturate Washington with over 400 performances during its 11-day run.

To get you excited, I have a few special picks. Solas Nua, a local company focused on contemporary Irish theater, takes audiences out into nature with "La Corbiere." The show deconstructs the lives of several French concubines who perished at sea during World War II. Written by Anne Hartigan (no relation), the show will be staged in the cascading fountain of Meridian Hill Park at 9 p.m. from July 27-30.

Since learning of its staging in early spring, I've been more than amped to see Charles Ross act out the light saber jousts, Darth Vader breathing and Ewok excitement in his "One Man Star Wars Trilogy." I saw him perform on the "Today" show a while back and have been itching to see this energetic human marvel for myself at Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Though not a huge fan of the trilogy, I'm certain this is something not-to-be-missed.

Finally, Banished? productions presents a less familiar art medium from Pablo Picasso with "Desire Caught by the Tail," Picasso's own play about a band of roving hedonists at 1409 Playbill Cafe.

If you like your theater shaken, not stirred, Poste will host a happy hour at 5:30 p.m. every night from July 21-29. Because if you're rehashing a fight scene from "One Man Star Wars," wouldn't it be nice to use truffle frites as substitute sabers?

--Erin

By Erin  | July 11, 2006; 5:55 PM ET
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for more info about the 24 hour dance/music performance mentioned above, see:
http://improvarts.alkem.org/unmapped

Posted by: Jonathan | July 14, 2006 11:30 AM | Report abuse

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