Alexa Fitzpatrick's story shows the human side of charity work, and if you're picturing a lot of soft-focus hugging and tears – well, sure. You get that too, eventually. But in recounting her years as a coordinator with AIDS and breast-cancer fundraising rides, Fitzpatrick is primarily motivated by more hardwired emotions. Which is to say: she's kind of horny.
Drink in hand, Fitzpatrick barrels though her indoctrination into the world of "doing good" with the gusto of an especially confessional girls' night out. A spat with a fellow actress (over a guy, naturally) gets her ousted from the Groundlings troupe in LA, after which she falls into an unrequited crush on her roommate. Frustration eventually leads her to sign up with Palotta Teamworks, an organization that leads her to a new life on tour hanging road signs for AIDS rides – and trying desperately to decipher the mixed signs from Ted, the local player on the charity circuit.
Fitzpatrick has clearly done her time in comedy before, though not with this show. There were as many vocal missteps as there were hilarious moments on opening night, though this was literally opening night – the first show of her Fringe circuit. Unlike her experience with the charity tour, this one is bound to get better. The foundation is there for a compelling ride as Fitzpatrick smooths out the delivery.
60 minutes, Red Venue, $9, Orlando Fringe Festival official page