2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘District of Cara’

District of Cara is like a huge pajama party where your best friend dishes on boyfriends, past and present. In this one-hour monologue/skit/therapy session, actor/writer/storyteller Cara Foran is sooooo likeable, well, you just want her to be happy and get on with her life.


Actually, her life reminds one of another millennial, Lena Dunham, star of her TV show, Girls. Both women are idealistic, technically proficient, optimistic, and somewhat self-absorbed. And both share good stories about bad dates and the quest for happiness.

In the Local Yogurt Production at the Tree House Lounge, Cara first appears vulnerable, yet you sense her strength and fortitude. Her smile is infectious, her eyes expressive, especially when she rolls them as Billy’s frustrated girlfriend. This Irish, Catholic girl from Ohio (who moved to DC when she was 18 with dreams of working for the French Embassy) is frank. She is open; she is funny, causing even more belly laughs from the audience when she screwed up some lines and even forgot the names of her boyfriends. Spoiler alert: Cara has found happiness.

Wear comfortable clothes, or pajamas; grab a beer from the bar; and cozy up to this charmer. Adults only, please.

Running Time: 70 minutes.

District of Cara plays through July 25, 2015 at Tree House Lounge – 1006 Florida Avenue, NE in Washington, DC 20002. For tickets, visit their Capital Fringe page.


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Carolyn Kelemen
Carolyn Kelemen is an award-winning arts critic and feature writer for the Baltimore Sun, Howard County Times, and Columbia Flier - 45 years and counting. The Columbia resident earned her Masters Degree in Dance at Mills College in California and has taught college and graduate courses at Goucher College, Loyola, the College of Notre Dame and Howard Community College. A professional dancer throughout the East Coast in the late 50s and early 60s, she was trained in classical ballet, modern dance, jazz and tap. Her TV/film career includes MPT’s “ weeknight Alive” and years of local productions in the Maryland/DC area. Carolyn is a longtime member of the Dance Critics of America, the American Theatre Critics Association. She has proudly produced the “A Labor of Love” AIDS benefits since 1988.


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