Fringe Festival Reviews # 1: PolySHAMory

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The Road To Opening in Broadway World

The Road To Opening in Broadway World By Kate Robards My play Ain’t That Rich, a true story of the complex relationship I have with money, runs at The Marsh San Francisco October 20 though December 2. To give you some context for this show, I grew up in a small town on the Texas-Louisiana…

Review: PolySHAMory at Capital Fringe

The title of the show – PolySHAMory – offers an important clue as to the nature of Robards’ experience with her husband – ex-husband – and their experiment in polyamory. The situation did not lend itself to marital bliss. However, as fuel to Robards’ creative storytelling, she mines her life from childhood onwards. Early on, Robards asks…

DC Metro Theatre Scene

“PolySHAMory blends stand-up with dramatic narrative to create a hilarious story about the realities of the sexual fantasies and romantic nightmares we normally relegate to whispers and pop songs, while also packing an emotional punch in its darker moments.” DC Metro Theatre Scene

2018 Capital Fringe Review: ‘PolySHAMory’

The show is constructed around Robards’ story of being thrust into a polyamorous marriage, a world of abundant love and more abundant confusion, a story which she delivers with a wry sense of humor, undercutting anecdotes of shoes lost in anger, and deep dives into The Ethical Slut with sarcasm and knowing nods to the seeming absurdity…

PolySHAMory, Dangerous When Wet, and The Unaccompanied Minor are just a few of Capital Fringe’s solo offerings

One-person plays are a tough gig, even if the performer isn’t delving into their own polyamorous past, alcoholism, or divorce. Yet several solo performers will dare to cross the lines of bold comedy and intimate confession at the 2018 Capital Fringe Festival. Kate Robards, who premiered her first solo play, Mandarin Orange, at Capital Fringe in…

polySHAMory Named “Best of Frigid 2018”

The NYC theatre magazine Theatre is Easy has named PolySHAMory as a “Best Bet” for theatre and “Best of Frigid 2018”. Read Adrienne Urbanski’s review here. You can still catch PolySHAMory at the Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street, New York, NY) on Wednesday, 2/21 at 10:30 PM, and Fri 3/2 at 5:10 PM. 60 minutes with…


Ain’t That Rich

San Francisco Chronicle

Ain’t That Rich (Review): Montreal Theatre Hub

“A winning comedy on money, class, and identity…truly impressive.” Anya Leibovitch, Montreal Theatre Hub Read the review

Ain’t That Rich (Review): Montreal Rampage

“You will laugh your way through, pretty much non-stop.” Angela Potvin, Montreal Rampage Read the review

Ain’t That Rich (Review): Cult #MTL

“Animated and engaging…self-deprecating humour and insightful wisdom.” Lisa Sproull, Cult #MLT Read the review

Ain’t That Rich (Review): Vagabond Critic

“Robards has a gift for turning ordinary events into comedy.” Jack Nakamura, Vagabond Critic Read the review

Ain’t That Rich (review): Theatre Is Easy

“A rollercoaster of emotion with a Goldilocks balance of comedy and drama. Robards shines…” Keith Paul Medelis, Theatre is Easy Read the review

Ain’t that Rich (Review): DC Theatre Scene

Like a well-made vodka punch, Kate Robards’ well-made story sneaks up on you. It starts out as a lighthearted account of how she married rich and ends up as a discomforting meditation on the relationship between money and self-image. Particularly now, as we agonize over issues of money and class and race, her story packs…

Ain’t That Rich (Review): DC Metro Theater Arts

In Ain’t that Rich, writer and comedian Kate Robards delivers a dazzling solo performance, one as mesmerizing and powerful as it is funny. “5 stars” “Best of 2016 Capital Fringe” Ravelle Brickman, DC Metro Theater Arts Read the review



Get Out

The week’s pocket picks – By Samantha Sault    


TimeOut Shanghai Review

“There is some lovely physical comedy from Kate Robards…” Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? TimeOut Shanghai Review

Mandarin Orange


“Kate Robards charmingly recounts growing up in the colorful small town of Orange and adjusting to expatriate life in Shanghai.” KQED

Washington City Paper

“I found myself smiling throughout the show and all the way home.” Washington City Paper


“Robards is an engaging performer with an easy, natural presence onstage.”

DC Theatre Scene

“Mandarin Orange is not only masterfully performed, but written with a skillful blend of humor and vulnerability.”  DC Theatre Scene 

DC Metro Theatre Arts

“An earnest, heartwarming performance and a poignant international comedy about change, identity and home.” DC Metro Theatre Arts

SF Theatre Pub

“…Robards ability to move back and forth between all five participants was expert and elegant.” SF Theatre Pub

Features and Interviews

Featured in Erica Bean’s bi-monthly Women in Spotlight series

I was featured in Erica Bean’s bi-monthly WOMEN IN SPOTLIGHT series! Check out the interview. WOMEN IN SPOTLIGHT SERIES: KATE ROBARDS A funny story about how I met Kate begins with San Francisco. Every year San Francisco hosts a literature festival called Litquake, giving authors – famous or otherwise – read pieces of their writing work,…

FRIGID Festival 2017: Kate’s Q&A

Kate Robards is interviewed about her show Ain’t That Rich. Read the Q&A on Stagebuddy.

On Maui Magazine

Kate was featured and interviewed by On Maui Magazine for her upcoming performance at the Iao Theatre.

Interview with Karis Rogers

Interview with Karis Rogers. Storytelling to change the world: Kate Robards

Exit the Stage Door Podcast

Exit the Stage Door Podcast hosted by Erin Teachman with Studio Theatre alum and world-class human being Kate Robards!

Capital Fringe Festival highlight

The Washington Post featured Mandarin Orange as a Capital Fringe Festival highlight.

Little Trouble in Big China

Little Trouble in Big China: A Fringe Peek at Mandarin Orange

DC Metro Theatre Arts

Mandarin Orange Preview Article DC Metro Theatre Arts  

Beaumont Enterprise

Beaumont Enterprise Hot Pick: Kate Robards

The Time Machine Maui

The Time Machine Maui radio interview