Capital Fringe Review: ‘Murder on the Bare Stage’ by Veronique MacRae

Dark. Powerful. Mysterious. Magnetic. Suspenseful. Stephen Mead presents a truly breath-taking and captivating performance in Murder on the Bare Stage. With the combination of classic masterpieces by greats such as Edgar Allan Poe, W.S. Gilbert, and William Shakespeare and the avant garde masterpieces in the making by poet Magus Magnus, Mead delivers a solo performance that thrusts the audience into a world of imagination and creativity that allows one to return the very heart and essence of theatre.

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Without spectacle or set, Mead turns the bare stage into the various settings that allow the mind to submit itself to the world of the works delivered in pieces such as Magnus’ A Bandit Plots a Murder by the Road and Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart. Through a marriage of what Magnus and Meade refer to as the Idyll form and Dramatic Recitation, an evening of live theatre is created that reminds the viewer that in a world focused on large screens and special effects, that the essence of live theatre requires only the authenticity of the performer and the openness of imagination.

Murder on the Bare Stage is truly a ‘Must-See’ for the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival.

Murder on Bare Stage plays through July 27, 2013 at Caos on F – 923 F Street NW in Washington, DC. For performance times and to purchase tickets, visit the show’s Capital Fringe Page.

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Veronique MacRae
Veronique LaShell MacRae is the Founder and Artistic Director of Act Trinity Performing Arts Company (THE ATPAC) based in North Carolina. A graduate of North Carolina Central University with a B.A. in Theatre Performance and Duke University with a Master of Arts in Christian Studies, Veronique’s most recent credits include the one-woman show “Self-Portrait of a Sinner”, excerpts from the one-woman show “Last Words to Baby Girl”, the lead in the Lamb to a Lion production of “Love, Life and Redemption in NYC”; playwright and director of the following shows: “Broken”, “My Brother David”, “Chocolate/Vanilla” (Off-Broadway and Tour); Sue Ellen in “Spreading the News” by Melodic Pictures of Los Angeles and background work in “Law and Order”. New to the Washington, DC area, Veronique will continue advanced studies on arts and theology in the fall of 2012. She looks forward to connecting with other artists and lovers of the arts during the 2012 Capital Fringe Festival.


  1. So proud of our former Honolulu Star! Many a time and oft would we be in awe of the Shakespeare drama he gave us…


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