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Comedy: James Judd

The Capital Fringe Festival is in full swing, which means you can see more theater (broadly defined) through the end of the month than you can during the rest of the year. The usual adages apply: Some of the shows are incredible, some are awful and the venues are as unpredictable as the performances. If you are looking for a reliably stellar monologuist, you can’t beat James Judd. He has been on NPR, performed with the Groundlings, and directed and starred in the original “7 Sins” production, way back in 2003, way out in San Francisco. (The “7 Sins” show, which features seven monologuists telling seven true stories about the seven sins, was performed at Capital Fringe a few years ago, to much acclaim.) Mr. Judd’s specialty is telling true stories that are hilarious, embarrassing and occasionally obscene. He is sure to be the single best monologuist at this year’s Fringe show.

Friday and Saturday at Fort Fringe, 607 New York Ave. NW

Phone: 202/737-7230


Festival: Over the Line

The Over the Line Theater Festival at Round House is notable not just for its content — 50 performances from 10 companies in three weeks — but also its timing — concurrent with the Capital Fringe Fest. While Fringe takes place mostly in and around downtown D.C., Over the Line is out in Silver Spring, that city on a gentle slope. But Over the Line not only has its own neighborhood, it also is playing to a different audience — namely people who don’t want to spend more time commuting to a show than watching one. You can find stuff for children, for old folks and for everybody in between. If you are out in the ‘burbs and want to see both Fringe and Over the Line, consider the latter a wholesome supplement (like fiber), as well as a better indicator of what you can get from the participating companies year-round.

Through July 29 at Round House Silver Spring, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Md.

Phone: 240/644-1100