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A Few Upcoming Fringe Events: By Nicole Zimbelman

A Walk in the Woods here can killer robots, remnants of the
American Ensemble Theater at the 1968 riots, a magician and tales of love,
Goethe Institut, (Ages 13 and up) family and valor be found? At the 2010
July 15 - 8:30 p.m.; July 17 - 11:30 a.m. Capital Fringe Festival of course.
and 9 p.m.; July 18 - 4 p.m.; July 24 -
3 p.m. The festival, running July 8 through July 25, will
celebrate its fifth year with 137 different shows to
H.M.S. Pinafore entertain the city.
G&S Youth Company at The Mountain
July 16 - 5:30 p.m.; July 17 - 12:45 p.m.
Capital Fringe festival provides an opportunity for
and 7:30 p.m.; July 18 - 4:45 p.m.
lesser-known artists to present their work to the
public, highlighting some of the local DC talent.
Push/Pull Theater Company at Redrum Plays range from dramas to comedies to solo per-
(Ages 13 and up) formance to musicals. There are even a few puppet
July 10 - 8 p.m.; July 11 - 4 p.m.; July 15 - shows in the mix.
10:30 p.m.; July 17 - 7 p.m.; July 18 -
9:30 p.m. However, the festival will include some more fa-
mous pieces such as “A Walk in the Woods”, a play
No Gentlemen of Verona by Lee Blessing, which has been nominated for a
The Rude Mechanicals at Warehouse Pulitzer Prize, a Tony Award and an Oliver Award
July 11 - 8:30 p.m.; July 14 - 10 p.m.; July and “H.M.S. Pinafore” by Gilbert & Sullivan, re-
16 - 10:30 p.m.; July 17 - 7:30 p.m.; July 22 turning to the Fringe Festival for it’s fourth summer
- 6 p.m.; July 24 - 8:30 p.m. The McLean Drama Company presents “Florida Days” at The Apothecary at 1013 7th St. NW.
in a row.
The play runs on select dates for July 10 through July 22. Tickets are $15 each.
A Magical Way of Thinking: Magician
David Morey Performances will be held in venues found in Penn

In Review
At The Point Quarter and Mount Vernon Square such as a cigar
July 11 - 1:15 p.m.; July 15 - 9 p.m.; July 20 - shop abandoned since the 1960s, a historic church,
6:30 p.m.; July 24 - 12 p.m. an old restaurant and a German cultural institute.

For more events check out: Tickets are $15 per show or passes can be pur-
theater group, the company showed potential chased for a range of prices from $40 for four By Jenna DeWitt
and will be a group to look forward to in future
shows a $300 all-inclusive pass.
I would give “Florida Days” three out of five
Florida Days Fringes.

As part of the Fringe Festival this month, Ra-

chael Bail’s “Florida Days” premiered at The
Apothecary on July 10. No Gentlemen of Verona
The play, performed by the McLean Drama Elizabethan English flows aplenty with this
Company, follows the journey of Betty, a South- renovated Shakespeare play. “No Gentlemen of
ern girl living in Brooklyn, New York. Betty, Verona,” Joshua Engel’s take on “Two Gentle-
played by Elise Edwards, transforms from fiery men of Verona,” takes place in the 1940s.
young journalist to a wife and mother while her
world crashes down around her. The audience The time period works surprisingly well for
seems transfixed by the depth of Edward’s tal- the play, though the explanation of that specific
ent. Her character’s chemistry with Thomas adaptation is a bit hard to follow. According to
Linn’s character, Vincent, is equally apparent. the program, it was successful in Engel’s past
The onstage couple carries the production with experiment with “Much Ado About Nothing”
a truly convincing portrayal of two lovers fac- and was thus chosen for the time period for this
ing life’s hardships while seeking the deeper venture as well. Mobsters, Navy sailors and
meaning of it all. bright red lipstick make the setting work, how-
ever, and more relatable to a modern American
The physical appearance of the production could audience.
be described as minimalist with few costumes,
about 10 props in all and projected images on a The Rude Mechanicals were as quick and witty
back wall instead of sets. Yet nothing is lacking. as The Bard himself could have expected. The
The comparatively few materials only aid the cast’s past experience with Shakespearean dia-
intensity of the emotions portrayed. Even the logue shows in their skillful delivery. It is obvi-
audience’s seating seems to transform from a ous that the members of this all-female troupe
few church pews, since the first scene is a wed- not only know their lines, but they fully under-
ding, to benches in a blue-lit coffeehouse, when stand their meaning. In fact, it is as if they natu-
the action quickly transitions to New York City. rally speak Elizabethan English in their daily
The setting then remains in New York for most lives. The few trips over the complex lines were
of the play, despite the title. The Apothecary, a quickly remedied and never skipped a beat.
tiny dance studio with exposed brick and un-
painted wood, conveyed the sense of watching Overall, “No Gentlemen of Verona” is a comic
this family in their city home, living off of Vin- delight for Shakespeare lovers that enjoy a new
cent’s salary as an opera conductor. spin on an old favorite.

Though the quality of acting from much of the I would give “No Gentlemen of Verona” four
supporting cast left much to be desired, Ed- out of five Fringes.
wards and Linn gave performances of which
they should be proud. For a small community

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