Capital Fringe Review: ‘Fish Outta Water’ by Flora Scott

Fish Outta Water is a whacky and wonderful part-jam session, part-biographical narrative. More appropriately, lets call it the life story jam session.

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Ron Litman is the microphone and Tom Pile is the co-conspirating accompaniment. They’ve worked together and known each other for forty years and it definitely shows. Little details – like synchronized movements that weren’t really necessary made a big professional difference, and was the give-away. These guys were really in synch. The Fish established that his Water is Washington DC and the like in his potent opening Andrew Dice Clay-esque song and act. From there, he moved to the “genitals of the beast “ – LA. But when his ex-wife and kids moved to Lacrosse, Wisconsin – he was forced to follow and that’s where all the trouble began.

Litman does a nice take on Walter Brennan – who acts as his guide in this scary and hostile foreign land. Through Oktoberfest, Synagogue services, and hunter friends – Litman sings his heart out, tells us his tale and, most importantly, makes us laugh. I marvel at acts like this. I wish I had the Chutzpah, but I’ll just have to live vicariously through enlivening shows like this one. I admire, respect and enjoy the uniqueness of each. So, if your looking for great entertainment – check out this Fish.

Running Time: One hour with no intermission.

Fish Outta Water plays through July 26, 2013 at Warehouse -645 New York Avenue NW, in Washington, DC. For performance information and to purchase tickets, go to their Capital Fringe page.


  1. Ron and Tom are really such talented guys and have timing down to a T. This show covered a wide range of subjects — many I could relate to with cousins in the Midwest. He also reprised “DC Trash” — last year’s show. If you missed that one and Ron performs it next year, do see it. Hope he’ll be in Fringe or something else in the future.


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