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Monday, July 15, 2019

Capital Fringe review: H.P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu by Jon Boughtin

First it was just strange dreams. Then it was sinister voices. Now, the followers of Cthulu roam the streets in search of the servants and sacrifices that can bring the Old Ones – specific…

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Capital Fringe review: Before the Fall by Jon Boughtin

It’s been more than a day since I left Before the Fall, and I still don’t know for sure that I can say what I think about it. That’s a crummy thing for a theater critic to admit, but I…

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Capital Fringe review: A Gentleman & a Liar by Jon Boughtin

“You should be honest with people, even when you’re doing magic, which is essentially lying.” That’s according to Penn Jillette, the loquacious half of the magic duo Penn and Teller …

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Review: God is Dead and April’s Getting Married at Capital Fringe by Jon Boughtin

There are all sorts of weddings: Destination Weddings, backyard weddings, shotgun weddings, DIY weddings… the list goes on. They all, however, have a few things in common: At least one per…

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Review: Phantom Limb at Capital Fringe by Jon Boughtin

There’s an old logic puzzle about a farmer trying to get a wolf, a chicken, and a pile of corn across the river, but the farmer can only take two at a time in his boat. Leaving the wrong c…

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Review: Spook at Capital Fringe Festival by Jon Boughtin

I am not equipped to write this review. That much was apparent from the moment I saw Daryl “Spook” Spokane (Meshaun Labrone) stoically reclining on the day of his execution in Spook, a p…

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Blue Over You (Capital Fringe review) by Jon Boughtin

It’s winter in Evanston, Illinois, and a woman has gone missing. Her name is Mitzi, and beyond that we know just a scant few details: she works as an Administrator, is unafraid of bumble b…

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Flying V’s ‘Be Awesome: A Theatrical Mixtape of the 90’s’ is, well, Awesome (review) by Jon Boughtin

If you’re over twenty years old, chances are you remember the lost art the mix tape. And yes, it’s a lost art. Don’t tell me you can still make a Spotify mix and send it to someone on …

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Human Algorithm at Capital Fringe (review) by Jon Boughtin

  I don’t know that I have the capacity to boil all of humanity down to a simple equation. Math was never my subject. And even if it were, I have to think the equation would look very…

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Adolescence 2.0 (review) still incubating by Jon Boughtin

You hear it all the time: The thing that people most fear isn’t death. It’s public speaking. That may be true for most people, but if it applies to Dixie Lee Mills, the center of the one…

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Dark Times and Grimesville High, Capital Fringe (review) by Jon Boughtin

I don’t know what your high school experience was like, but mine featured every archetype in the book. There were jocks and cheerleaders; popular kids and weirdos; band nerds and nerd …

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Folger sent RSC out to find the Grail. Found it! Shakespeare’s long lost first play by Jon Boughtin

Here’s a fun game: Stop someone on the street and ask them to name a play – any play.  I’ll give you 10-1 odds that they name one of the works of Shakespeare. The reason? They’r…

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Capitol Steps, still funny after all these years (review) by Jon Boughtin

I have to admit straight out of the gate that being asked to review “The Capitol Steps” was a bit befuddling. After more than 30 years delivering laughs in the nation’s capital, the co…

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Chimerica at Studio Theatre (review) by Jon Boughtin

It’s hard to open your laptop these days without stumbling across a news item about China. Naval maneuvers. Cyber warfare. Millions of manufacturing jobs relocated. And if that’s not eno…

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Half Past What? at Capital Fringe by Jon Boughtin

Rick Santorum, the famous (infamous?) Senator turned Presidential-candidate turned whatever-he-is-now once said, “I’m living for donuts and venison, and that’s true. And specialty goph…

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Good Egg Fables at Capital Fringe by Jon Boughtin

If you’ve ever strolled down the children’s literature section at the bookstore, picked up a title that’s only ten or twenty pages long and thought “this doesn’t look so hard… I …

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

How to Quit Your Day Job at Capital Fringe by Jon Boughtin

How to Quit Your Day Job! delivers a delightful dose of generation “Me.” You’ve read the headlines. Millennials are the self-obsessed, self-medicating, selfie-taking self-seekers who m…

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

“The Mad: A Fracking Fairytale” What the frack is going on here? by Jon Boughtin

Imagine visiting a quirky French cafe you’ve had your eye on for awhile. The tables are nicely set, a woman with a lovely voice is strumming on a guitar in the corner, and next to her a ma…

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Look who’s delivering a ‘how-to’ on bringing the funny by Jon Boughtin

Ok theater-goers, here’s a question: What type of theater do you think is the toughest for actors and directors to get right? Ask anyone and I’m betting, dollars to doughnuts, they’ll …

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sylvia at NextStop Theatre by Jon Boughtin

There are some great pop-culture rivalries that can’t be resolved. Coke vs. Pepsi, Cowboys vs. Redskins, Apple vs. Samsung, Sega Genesis vs. Super Nintendo… the list goes on and on. But …

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Marie Antoinette at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company by Jon Boughtin

So, the great nation of France is saddled with crushing national debt. They’re battered from war, the people are starving, and a revolutionary ember crackles quietly beneath the surface of…

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Love Letter Lost by Jon Boughtin

Sometimes out-of-town guests can really kill your routine. Your fridge is empty and the beer has gone missing. The guest-room is a hot mess, and darn it who borrowed my car and left it at th…

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Not Every Card by Jon Boughtin

A crisp fedora, the sound of cards being shuffled, and a dark alley lit only by the end of a burning cigarette: Noir is one of those genres that’s hard to explain, but you know it when you…

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Point…Blank…Period by Jon Boughtin

Are you experiencing abdominal or pelvic cramping? Lower back pain? How about food cravings, headache or fatigue? If you have these or other symptoms, and it’s been roughly three and a hal…

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Macbeth: The Instruments of Darkness by Jon Boughtin

Ready for a little blood and guts? How about regicide, suicide, and…whatever it is you call it when you have a close friend murdered? At any rate, William Shakespeare has had you covered f…

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Private Lives, a classy Coward comedy very well played by Jon Boughtin

Everyone knows a couple like these two. They’re passionate and interesting, worldly and deeply into one another.  They’re the couple that causes people to remark “I just love the two …

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Boeing Boeing offers friendly skies and plenty of laughs by Jon Boughtin

It’s hard to believe, but air travel wasn’t always about long lines, uncomfortable seats and the opportunity to get poked and prodded by strangers. There weren’t always fees to check y…

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Round House’s Ordinary Days is pure joy by Jon Boughtin

For a recent college grad, there’s a special feeling when stepping out into the world. Three parts excitement and one part nausea, there’s a sense that anything is possible, happiness is…

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Bat Boy: The Musical by Jon Boughtin

Don’t lie – you’ve probably thumbed through the pages of a supermarket tabloid more than once in your life. The line is slow, the cashier has run off, and you suddenly find yourself cu…

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Taffety Punk’s Charm, Thoroughly – Yep – Charming by Jon Boughtin

It isn’t hard to find live theater in Washington, DC. The nation’s capital is a theater town, after all – and if that’s news to you, then I might suggest a quick visit to the Interne…

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Adventure Theater’s Jungle Book – pretty, but somber by Jon Boughtin

Here’s a tip for you: if you’re going to see a piece of children’s theater, bring a child with you. It seems obvious, but these things have a way of getting away from you.  My 9 year …

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