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Highlights of D.C.'s 2010 Capital Fringe Festival

Fringe performers give a sneak preview of what's to come. The festival kicked off Thursday and runs through July 25.

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By Lavanya Ramanathan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, July 9, 2010

With nearly 140 weird, wild and often wonderful performances in more than 15 venues across Washington, the Capital Fringe Festival is the theatrical equivalent of a three-ring circus.

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Should you plunk down your $15 for "Super Claudio Bros." (the video-game-inspired show complete with "inappropriate puns, multiple lives lost, and Moon juice abuse") or "Superheroes Who Are Super!"

(a "staged reading" of comic books)?

Such cotton-candy fare is the lifeblood of Fringe, now in its fifth year. But this go-round, check out a few productions that offer something more sustaining: self-help. We've culled the shows and found more than a few that offer tips on throwing a party, getting a man, even putting on your own musical. You name it, Fringe is here to help.

Become the next Andrew Lloyd Webber

'Assembly Required: How to Write, Produce and Stage a Musical -- The Musical!'

When you're not doubled over with the giggles, you'll be learning everything you need to know to make it on Broadway from this spoofy show starring Joshua Morgan and Brian Sutow. Based on the pair's Web series on Funny or Die, "Assembly Required" has Morgan and Sutow (artistic directors of the new local troupe No Rules Theatre Company) stepping into their alter egos, Rob and Flick, two self-aggrandizing actors who have found that the only way to garner an audience is to hold it captive. Rob and Flick perform at educational assemblies, including this one, in which they offer their "expertise" on making a musical. The show, which kicks off Tuesday at Fort Fringe's Redrum venue, features audience participation, oddball humor in the vein of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and that Holy Grail of Fringe: nudity, which, as Morgan recalls, left one audience "screaming, holding their faces, laughing."

Tuesday at 6 p.m., July 17 at

11 a.m., July 20 at 8 p.m., July 21 at 6 p.m. and July 22 at 6 p.m. Redrum at Fort Fringe, 612 L St. NW.


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