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  Canterbury at Flashpoint


916 G St NW Washington

Always proud to present unabashed puppet shows for DC audiences, Pointless opens its 2012-2013 season with an original adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. Told through the eyes of erratic and animated medieval drunkard, the tales are a unique opportunity for storytelling. They combine messages of love, sex, honor and religion told from various socio-economic status and moral drive. With a different playwright for each of the seven narrators, the show is brought to life on stage through i .ts found-object inspired eccentric puppetry and ye olde bar banter.

Presented by Pointless Theatre Co.

Thru - Mar 9, 2013

Price: $20

Box Office: 202-315-1305

Running Time: 2 hours 30 mins with 1 intermission
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  Canterbury Reviews
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Washington Post - Recommended

"...This effusive ensemble, many of its members graduates of the University of Maryland's theater program who banded together to form Pointless, exudes a pleasure in performance that can't help but infect the audience in Flashpoint's Mead Theater Lab. At times, though, the cast's exuberance comes at the expense of polish, and the manner in which some of the tales are spun - even with the aid of clever, makeshift puppets - feels rushed and disjointed."
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Peter Marks

DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended

"...It is not exactly Chaucer's England. Here there are moat bears. There is chocolate, too, along with women who want inordinate quantities of it. Instead of passing the daffodils while on horseback, these pilgrims are in a bar. It is the night before they set off for Canterbury. Inn and bar owner Tabby (Maya Jackson), in a bid to make as much money as she can from the pilgrims by keeping them drinking until they must stay the night, sets a challenge: whoever tells the best story will win a free dinner, drinks and dessert. While one pilgrim tells the tale, the others must act it out. And the teller must use puppets, made ad-lib from objects found in the bar. What follows is a delightful, riotous romp through seven of Chaucer's stories, with clever updates and a thorough makeover of the language."
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Pat Davis

DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

Canterbury is fast-paced, frenzied, and joyful, embodying the reason theatre as an art form spoke to me as a young person. Itís inspired and energetic, with seemingly limitless imagination and big plans for the future. The sum of the productionís parts is more than just a high-quality show; itís excitement. Itís everything I hope for when sitting in a darkened theatre before the curtain rises, and so rarely find.
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Sarah Ameigh

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