Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Joiceville 101.3 LIVE’

Joiceville is directed and written by Rodrigo G. Pool Arce, composed by Justin Paschalides, and stars Rodrigo G. Pool Arce, Will MacLeod and Carrie Helton Parsons.

This is The Office on speed at a Sunshine radio station in fictional town Joiceville, North Carolina during a 4am broadcast during the End of the Days. The radio DJs are Nigel from the UK who does the weather and traffic, and Jack and Sheila.  The personnel of the station harass the crap out of each other with zingers left and right while consuming copious amounts of drugs.  One favorite line from Sheila to a guest, “There’s no standing in my studio!”  In between the bantering are ads from their sponsor Blind Corp in English and in Spanish!


The set has four microphones, standalone mikes surround the radio disc jockeys table. It looks like a radio studio.

This high-energy show is so fast-paced that you can miss the humor if you don’t pay attention.  As we say in improv, there is “truth in comedy” and they bring the truth by utilizing a member of the audience during the show.

A total of seven drugs are consumed during the show as the DJs are in a constant state of highs and lows when they fall down in a stupor.

I loved the clever bantering and improvisation of the show.  Don’t get booked on this show as a guest during the4am slot during the end of days as you won’t get a word in anyway with the hilarious bickering of the DJs.

Running Time: 50 minutes, with no intermission.

Joiceville plays through July 26, 2014 at Gearbox Theater— 1021 7th Street NW, 3rd Floor, in Washington DC. For performance information and to purchase tickets, go to their Capital Fringe page.

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Marlene Hall
Marlene Hall grew up an army brat and has lived all over the world and in Washington, DC where she was constantly exposed to theater and music. Marlene graduated from the University of Virginia where she wrote for the Cavalier Daily interviewing musicians. Commissioned as an Air Force officer, she served 8 years. She now works as a realtor with eXp Realty. In addition, Marlene dabbles in improvisational comedy and has taken classes at the famed iO Theater in Chicago and the DC Improv. She is very active in the DC charity and social scene and contributes her time to veterans’ organizations Team Rubicon and Team Red, White, and Blue. She also was a supernumerary in the Washington National Opera’s Carmen with opera singer Denyce Graves. She loves the music and theater scene in DC and goes to as many concerts and shows as possible.


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