Trying to choose which performance we were going to see of the over 150 acts taking part in the Capital Fringe Festival 2014 was like trying to choose one chocolate out of the world’s biggest box.
Were we going to enjoy the nutty delight of a ballet that mixed the "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" with Twitter? Or the dark chocolate-y goodness of an interactive whodunit featuring Edgar Allan Poe? Maybe we’d go for the blatant, chocolate-covered cherry of a comedy called “Giant Box of Porn”? Or take a lick of the mystery chocolate, a tour of the National Mall where the secrets of the Freemasons are revealed?
In its ninth year, the Capital Fringe Festival has every amalgam of drama, comedy, dance, solo performance, interactive theater you could hope for playing at 23 venues through July 27. The constraints of a busy summer schedule meant that we could only see one show. Which sucks. With a $17 ticket price (after a one-time purchase of a $7 Fringe button), and performance start times that stretch from early afternoon into late night, there’s no reason you couldn’t see multiple shows in one night.
What delicacy did we decide to enjoy? A dance murder-mystery called “Intrigue, a mystery on marley…” Below are others that tickled our fancy.
Not a word was spoken during this powerful mystery noir that combined ballet and contemporary dance, but a murder was solved. Who killed him? Next performance: Friday, 7/18, 9:30 p.m.
An interactive show about Romeo and Juliet that includes rap battles, flip cup and drinking. Next performance: Wednesday, 7/16, 8 p.m.
Boyfriend and girlfriend are thrown into an underground "Fight Club"-like setting and must survive. It's a comedy with fight choreography. How cool is that? Next performance: Saturday, 7/19, 6:15 p.m.
A rock n' roll journey that explores the lives and deaths of six musicians who died at 27: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Amy Winehouse, Brian Wilson and our generation's personal heartbreak, Kurt Cobain. Next performance: Sunday, 7/20, 8:45 p.m.
This comedy solo performance is based on the actor's conversations with his formerly hard-partying frat brothers who are now middle aged. Next performance: Sunday, 7/20, 6:15 p.m.
Modern opera about two Greek goddesses trying to protect their sons from the impact of war. Next performance: tonight, 7/15, 6:15 p.m.
This cabaret is defined as "rawkinest, rowdiest memorial service of all time." Who wouldn't want to attend that? Next performance: Wednesday, 7/16, 9:45 p.m.
This is a romantic comedy about the Egyptian goddess Isis, now a NYPD detective, and fugitive financier Vesco teaming up to solve the death of the father of psychoanalysis, Dr. Freud. The pure head-scratching caused by this description is why I'd like so badly to see it. Next performance: Friday, 7/18, 6 p.m.
For more insight into shows, check out the DC Metro Theater Arts reviews.
In-Between Tip: Hang onto your Fringe button even if you're lame like me and can only make it to one show. It will qualify you for a bunch of discounts all year long. Many restaurants on H Street, including Granville Moore's, Sticky Rice, H Street Country Club, and Biergarten Haus, are giving discounts to button holders through July 27.