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Fringe Festival 2011: Reviews and recommendations for July 8

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).

’Chef’ played by John Hibey, plating ‘Black & White’ dish in the play ‘Tactile Dinner Car’ by banished? productions. (Kristian Whipple/Kristian Whipple)

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.

A full listing of today’s shows, via GOG .

Today’s Fringe:

• 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.

• Here's a trailer that was too late to make it into our preview roundup: Sanyasi.

• Funniest Fringe tweet of the day goes to our own Alexandra Petri:

#Thatawkwardmomentwhen you’re trying to find #capfringe2011 and you see a clown and yell “fellow artist!” and it’s an actual homeless personless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet ReplyAlexandra 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.”

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts.


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