by Paul Gillis
On Saturday night, I went to the Shop at Fort Fringe to see the Molotov Theatre Group's latest creation, "The Sticking Place". I was thinking the title might refer to getting stuck in a situation you can't get out of, but it seems in fact to refer to a place where you might get stuck with a knife.
Although there are other Fringe shows which may boast a higher body count, this play is definitely the goriest that I have seen. If you are intrigued by gratuitous sex and violence, this is certainly a show to see.
The play starts with a D.C. television newscaster (I loved the local setting) blathering about the rise in "blood play" as a sexual kink among young people. Soon it turns out that one of his underlings shares this interest with his girlfriend, and thinks that murder would be just the thing to speed his rise through the corporate ranks, as well as spice up his love life.
He enlists his girlfriend's aid in offing his boss, a scene which should get some kind of prize for both its goriness and its callous viciousness.
Afterwards, he takes her back to his apartment for some blood-stained lovemaking. What he hasn't counted on is her jealous roommate, who was hoping to be the one to introduce her to bloodplay...
It was quite a show. But it's definitely not for the faint of heart. You can still catch it Thursday the 24th at 8:00 or Saturday the 26th at 3:00.
For more pictures of mayhem & blood-crazed lust, see my gallery at this link.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
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Looking forward to seeing the show. "The Sticking Place" is a reference to Shakespeare's "Macbeth" -- "screw your courage to the sticking place and we'll not fail." This show must have a nod or two in the direction of that play.
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