So what of things I've been up to here in Washington? I went to see The Totalitarians at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and it was the best thing I've seen there in ages (since the North Korea play, which I loved, through my tears). The Totalitarians is sharp, funny, incisive, wry, interesting, and a little surreal. The performances are very strong. The set is cool. The premise (a charming but incompetent woman running for office in Nevada) is engaging. It finishes on 29th June, so if you're going, go now!
I also went to see Capital City Showcase doing their monthly free 'Roast' at the Brixton, ie all the comedians focus their set on berating a specific subject in an amusing way, in this month's case, tourists. Now it might just be that I enjoy ranting about stuff, but I prefer to think that the reason this is my favorite comedy night in town is because the comedians can't just fall back on penis jokes like my experience at so many other stand up shows in DC at the moment - instead they come up with consistently witty ripostes on a focused, fun subject. The next one's on July 1st. I'm hoping to make it.
And then yesterday I started a sculpture class at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. Ever since I moved here, I've lamented my inability to find a nice local neighborhood arts centre where I can take relaxed art classes suitable for art hobbyists rather than specifically for proper artists, children, or pensioners. Hooray: I think I've found it! I don't want to speak too soon, but 'CHAW' is great - little music rooms, art rooms, and a cool sculpture class where we get to play with different materials every week and make potentially rubbish art for fun. I created random sculptures from cardboard and wire last night, and had a lovely time! Here's the list of the classes they offer.
Finally, it's all systems go for our four shows in July! It is great fun being part of the Capital Fringe Festival - we are busy rehearsing all our hand-picked, super-talented suspects, and remember, every show will have completely different stories, with prizes. Try our 'spot the discrepancies in this story challenge' to test your shrewdness now, and BUY TICKETS HERE.
What's cool in the coming week
Tue 24th June - Are you as enchanted by the little DC Shorts opening song as I am? It's by The Sweater Set and they're playing at Gypsy Sally's tonight, with the Dustbowl Revival. (it's my dream for the Sweater Set to do a song for Perfect Liars Club!) Or pop over to Adams Morgan to watch an outdoor screening of Rushmore.
Wed 25th June - There are still tickets left for Nordic Jazz atop the Swedish Embassy roof! Or head to Hogo at 5-8pm if you fancy volunteering for Capital Fringe Festival - a nice way to be part of the fun next month, and score free tickets to Perfect Liars Club! Or else up to Politics and Prose to hear Lynn Sher on her new book about Sally Ride, America's first woman in space.
Thu 26th June - Check out the free comedy by Michael Che on the Millennium Stage at the at the Kennedy Center!
Fri 27th June - I'm going to the fun-sounding Mingle at the Museum to drink cocktails and play with genes... but I'm sad that means I can't make - Story League's All Star Story Tournament - rumor has it Perfect Liars Club's beloved Pierce McManus, is in the championship, so if you're not mingling with DNA, go cheer him on.
Fri 27th and Sat 28th June - It's Speakeasy DC's Story Showdown! After all the cool twists on storytelling I enjoyed in Portland last week, I can't wait for this story gameshow. They have three shows and we'll be at the early Saturday one - see you there, perhaps?
Sat 28th June - In the mood for a bit of Saturday afternoon Washington history? Politics and Prose has just the panel for you! Oh, and later that evening they're doing their first wine tasting.
Monday 30th June - The cool folk at CPNAS in collaboration with the Shakespeare Theatre Company bring you a free staged reading of everyone's favorite robot play, R.U.R.
And did I mention: buy your tickets NOW for Perfect Liars Club at the Capital Fringe Festival in July!