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Clown Cabaret Delusions of Grandeur

By • Jul 18th, 2012 • Category: Fringe, Reviews
Delusions of Grandeur
Clown Cabaret
Fort Fringe – Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar (607 New York Ave NW DC)
Through July 28th
75 minutes
Reviewed July 15th, 2012

What if The Three Stooges had a metaphorical mental breakdown and decided to go back to the classics and do Shakespeare? The answer is Delusions of Grandeur. Cleverly put together by Rich Potter, Matthew Pauli and Karen Beriss this knee slapping comedy will have you giggling like a mad hyena.

The show itself is charming and at moments cleverly silly, but their “shtick” might have had the audiences in tears a generation or two ago. They are clowns doing what clowns do best, goofy comedy. Some of the gags are old, some are old with a new spin, but a giant chicken suit and pies to the face never fail to amuse anyone. The strongest part of the show is driven by the actors’ facial expressions, especially Rich Potter whose over the top reactions and physical comedy is hilarious.

These stooges perform various sections of the show in wacky parody costumes, which help set the mood of the scenes. And, with the help of props the silliness never ends. Not to be taken too seriously and to be interpreted with the innocence of child’s sense of humor, Delusions of Grandeur aims to entertain children and adults alike.

Director’s Note

Normally Director’s Notes would go here.

There are three of us. We all had things we wanted to say. As with any collaborative work, we couldn’t agree on any of it.

Enjoy the show.

Production Crew

  • Stage Manager: Jenna Ballard


  • Rich Potter
  • Matthew Pauli
  • Karen Beriss

Disclaimer: Capital Fringe provided one complimentary media ticket to ShowBizRadio for this review.

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is a Graphic Artist during the day and Jedi Master all the time. He also fights deadites FOR FUN. Don't ask. His previous works include; Harmony in Daddy's Dyin', Who's Got The Will?, Chief Bromdem in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Tom Hanks in Angels and Demons featuring Tom Hanks, Il commendatore in Proffesional Curtesy, Reynaldo in No Match, Mysterious Man in a Suit (Captain Jack Sparrow, Joker, Bob Dylan) in Jack vs. Jill, Christian in The Other Room, Jack in The Plan (indie film 2011), Dr. Adventure Time in Adventure Time Redux (The Jupiter Jetson Project), Solid Snake in Closing Time (Radio-Play).

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