If Honey Boo Boo competed for the title of "Little Miss Fringe Festival," the reality TV starlet would be the classiest of the bunch.
The local Parliament House favorite is back, and this helping of "Little Miss," written by Jeff Jones, may be raunchier, dirtier and funnier than the original. Jokes about Jesus and Jews, Asian stereotypes and more flesh than most eyes can handle are part of the craziness that also includes a series of video interviews that would make Christopher Guest proud.
A tragic accident leaves fabulous, sassy, pompadour-sporting Lionel Del Frisco (played by Jones) scrambling for a new set of girls to compete in pageant. The motley crew of last-minute replacements found on Craigslist are about the most un-pageant worthy set of contestants ever, especially since they're all played by middle-aged men dressed as 7-year-old girls.
Like a typical beauty pageant, each of the girls is given a chance to show off their talents to the audience as well as a panel of judges. All are painful, yet amusing to witness in their own "I-can't-help-but-watch" sort of way. One routine includes a strip tease performed by someone who's as large as Honey Boo Boo's mom.
For anyone who is involved in the Orlando's drag queen community, there are lots of inside jokes. And those who aren't in the know about men wearing stockings and wigs, don't worry because "Little Miss" has lots of laughs for you, too.
Give "Little Miss Fringe Festival" the tiara and the sash because this show is a winner.
80 mins. Rated M. Orange venue.
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