Roundup of 2022 Capital Fringe Festival reviews

Check out which shows are BEST OF FRINGE.

Washington, DC’s annual Fringe Festival is back featuring 31 self-produced shows from July 14-24. This year, all Fringe shows will be performed in Georgetown, a great walkable neighborhood with loads to do between shows. All Fringe shows average one hour so it’s very easy to see a few shows in one day and sample the great theater here in town! Happy Fringing!

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘SWB – Strangers With Benefits’ by Shadia A. Hafiz

BEST OF FRINGE  A riveting relationship drama, a remarkably moving parable about the components of human connection.

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Interrupted’ by Hyla Matthews

BEST OF FRINGE  An optimistic and funny solo performance that brings us together around the artist’s loss and pain.

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘The Gate’ by Robbie Gringras

BEST OF FRINGE  A gripping 45-minute solo show that captures Arab–Israeli tensions with compassion and a touch of humor.

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Sheboygan’ by novelist Louis Bayard

BEST OF FRINGE  A debut play based on real events performed by top-notch DC talent.


2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘All the Feels: An uplifting cabaret’ by Pinky Swear Productions

BEST OF FRINGE  A show true to its name: a group of friends have a karaoke party and sing about the highs and lows of pandemic life and the state of the world.

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Green Machine’ by Jim McNeill

BEST OF FRINGE  A well-paced dramatic comedy about a pop-up pot shop in Mt. Pleasant.

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Meatballs and Music’ by Tom Sweitzer

BEST OF FRINGE  The funny, moving, and memorable story of one man’s childhood in 1980s Pennsylvania.

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Motherload’ by Jenna Hall and Justine Hipsky

BEST OF FRINGE  A hilarious, heartfelt, and heartbreaking show based on the performers’ childhood relationships with their mothers.

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Sobriety of Fear’ by Shaun Michael Johnson

BEST OF FRINGE  Virtuoso solo storytelling about the cycle of family violence, with a script and performance even more stunning than the play’s Fringe debut four years ago.

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘EGO/DEATH’ by Natalie Parks

BEST OF FRINGE  An intimate window into the consciousness of a young individual who dies shortly after their college graduation and then is inexplicably resurrected.

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Mary’ by Jo Williamson

The story of a woman who considers herself an atheist and who is courted by two men who expect her to convert to their religion.

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘The Body Show’ by Mikala Jamison

BEST OF FRINGE  Eight first-rate storytellers share entertaining and personal stories about their relationship to their bodies.

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘A Number’ by Caryl Churchill

BEST OF FRINGE  A tantalizing “what if?”: a dramatized thought experiment about the interpersonal consequences of human cloning.

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘This is Cabaret’ by DC Cabaret Network

BEST OF FRINGE  You won’t even notice you’re off-Broadway with this mini concert.

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘I’m Just Doing My Job’ by Diana Veiga

BEST OF FRINGE  Diana Veiga is one hell of a storyteller. The performance feels like a conversation with an especially funny friend.


2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Mike Lane: Mixed Race Sweetie’ by Mike Lane

BEST OF FRINGE  ‘Indie theater at its finest.’

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘September 11, 1973: The Day Salvador Allende Died’ by Luigi…

BEST OF FRINGE  ‘Find what you love and make sure it kills you.’

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Tacones (Rhymes with Cojones)’ by M. Cristina Garcia

A queer immigrant story about ‘loss, pain, and the quest for forgiveness.’

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Static: Noise of a New Musical’ by Tess Rowan

An ambitious yet raw work-in-progress from a 17-year-old playwright.

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Atemporal’ by Sianna Joslin

BEST OF FRINGE  A young nonbinary artist’s diary in dialogue with the audience.

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Let’s Take This Offline’ by Catherine Wigginton Greene and Colleen…

BEST OF FRINGE  A howl-out-loud hilarious takedown of the bizarro world we’ve been forced to inhabit during the pandemic.

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘The Oreo Complex: Or Where Are My Allies?’ by Lillian…

BEST OF FRINGE  A one-woman show about being unapologetically Black instead of making white people comfortable.

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Etched Glass Decanter’ by Evening Crane Theatre

BEST OF FRINGE  A beautifully written international production that follows two astronomers on a dark journey through multiple worlds.

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Climate, Cancer, and 7 Celibate Men: A Queer Comedy’

An energetic and engaging journey toward body positivity.

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘What They Said About Sex’ by Steve Budd

A one-person show based on interviews with others and its creator’s own sexual encounters.

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Untitled’ by Ellie Pike

BEST OF FRINGE  A one-woman, undeniably fun comic take on small-town New England life featuring a basketful of characters.

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Higher’ by Plays2Gather

On a hot-air balloon ride, a couple escapes the pandemic into the past and maybe the future.

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘My Father, My Martyr, and Me’ by Fargo Nissim Tbakhi

BEST OF FRINGE  A stunning exploration of his identities as a queer Palestinian American, through elegiac poetry, songs, interactive games, and towering speeches.

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Pretty Messy Love’ by Mary Leaphart

A richly illustrated musical portrait of one woman’s romantic coming-of-age.

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘The Approach’ by Mark O’Rowe

BEST OF FRINGE  In this haunting three-hander, the pièce de résistance is the performances.


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