The first day of Fringe has come and gone, with nary a tweet about the festival’s lack of air conditioning. Way to be tough, D.C. (as I advise in our Fringe primer, bring a bottle of water).
It’s also the first day of reviews from a cadre of Fringebloggers across the city. We’ve got our first two right here, from Fiona Zublin and Nelson Pressley.
Pressley checked out “An Adult Evening with She Silverstein,” whom he praises as a “beautiful oddball.” “The Actors Repertory Theatre performers are all grads of DC’s National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, and while they’re not all young, they’re mostly still a bit unseasoned. But the chance to spend an hour with Silverstein is too good to pass up,” says Pressley. Read his full review here.
Next up: Zublin’s review of “Tactile Dinner Car.”which was a challenge for her to write: “The problem with reviewing a performance art piece like the Tactile Dinner Car, which depends on constant surprise, is that one cannot actually reveal anything about the play,” she says. Yes, there is food involved, mostly Jell-O. Concludes Zublin, “’Tactile Dinner Car’ is diverting and well thought out, but best enjoyed with an adventurous palate and a thorough appreciation for the ridiculous.” Read her full review here.
• In the second Daily Dose video on the official Fringe blog, lover-of-puns Cory Ryan frank gives the Gurus a shoutout and mentions the free store, where you can drop off and pick out free stuff.
• Another place to get free stuff (with your fringe button, of course): Todd Gray's Muse at the Corcoran will give you a free iced coffee or tea, and Pulp (1803 14th Street N.W.) will give you a free greeting card.
• Funniest Fringe tweet of the day goes to our own Alexandra Petri:
Other Fringebloggers’ reviews:
• DCist also tackles “An Adult Evening with Shel Silverstein.”
• DC Theatre Scene’s army of critics review “Tales of Courage and Poultry,” “I Like Nuts (The Musical),” “Fat Men in Skirts,” “Please Don’t Beat Me Up,” and “Logic, Luck and Love.”
• And City Paper’s Fringe & Purge has “Spirit Tales,” “Tactile Dinner Car,” ”Fat Men in Skirts,” “e-Geaux,” and “the agenda.”