Complete Orlando Fringe Festival Coverage, Including Reviews and Schedules

Complete Orlando Fringe Festival Coverage, Including Reviews and Schedules
 Orlando Fringe Festival previews: The familiar, the new, the shocking

3:40 PM PDT, April 15, 2014

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Orlando Fringe Festival previews: The familiar, the new, the shocking

If you missed the Orlando Fringe Festival preview shows last night, the Orlando Sentinel recorded the general-audience preview (you can watch it above).

 Winning 'Loon' returns to Orlando

1:37 PM PST, February 5, 2014

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Winning 'Loon' returns to Orlando

"Loon," a big hit at the Orlando Fringe Festival, is back this weekend — and there are still a few tickets left. At the Fringe Festival last May, the show won two top Critics' Choice Awards: for best show and best female performance.

 First 2 Orlando Fringe Festival previews are Monday

2:22 PM PDT, April 8, 2014

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First 2 Orlando Fringe Festival previews are Monday

Hard to believe, but the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival is right around the corner. As in years past, three distinct preview shows will help theatergoers get a jump on planning their schedule.

Who got a spot in the 2014 Orlando Fringe Festival?

7:51 PM PST, December 2, 2013

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Who got a spot in the 2014 Orlando Fringe Festival?

Monday night saw the yearly emotional roller coaster that is the lottery for the Orlando Fringe Festival. As the Fringe is an unjuried festival, the shows presented each spring are chosen by the old-school method of drawing names out of a hat.

Orlando Fringe receives $10,000 from Barry Miller foundation

1:43 PM PST, November 26, 2013

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Orlando Fringe receives $10,000 from Barry Miller foundation

During the 22nd annual Orlando Fringe Festival last May, attorney Barry L. Miller challenged the Fringe to raise $10,000 in donations — promising his foundation would match the amount.

Orlando Fringe needs items for Ivanhoe Village rummage sale

3:10 PM PDT, July 22, 2013

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Orlando Fringe needs items for Ivanhoe Village rummage sale

Do you have unwanted stuff? Perhaps a garage full? A closet bursting at the seams? Well, the Orlando Fringe Festival wants it.

 'Little Miss Fringe Festival' kicks off 'Fringe Year-Round' series

3:04 PM PDT, June 26, 2013

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'Little Miss Fringe Festival' kicks off 'Fringe Year-Round' series

The Orlando Fringe Festival is morphing its series of Fringe Happy Hours into a new ongoing program called "Fringe Year-Round." It's a fitting change as the events have gotten more elaborate over time. Yes, there are still happy-hour libations involved, but increasingly there's staged entertainment as well.

Orlando Fringe revivals: 'Dance for Grandma, 'Little Miss Fringe Festival,' 'Pillow Talk,' 'Field Guide to Gays'

3:50 PM PDT, June 7, 2013

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Orlando Fringe revivals: 'Dance for Grandma, 'Little Miss Fringe Festival,' 'Pillow Talk,' 'Field Guide to Gays'

Here are Orlando Fringe Festival shows that are getting additional performances post-Fringe.

 Orlando Fringe Festival sets records

2:37 PM PDT, June 4, 2013

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Orlando Fringe Festival sets records

It was a record run for the largest Orlando Fringe Festival in history, but don't expect it to get any bigger next year.

Orlando Sentinel picks its best of the Orlando Fringe Festival

11:41 AM PDT, May 23, 2013

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Orlando Sentinel picks its best of the Orlando Fringe Festival

Among the shows revived at this year's Orlando Fringe Festival are three Sentinel "best of the festival" winners from years past: "Dance for Grandma" "Onomatopoeia" and "6 Guitars."

 Fringe shows 'Boogie Shoes,' 'Happy Pink Girl,' 'I U We' revived

3:12 PM PDT, June 5, 2013

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Fringe shows 'Boogie Shoes,' 'Happy Pink Girl,' 'I U We' revived

In the next few weeks, Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park is hosting a few more shows that debuted at the Orlando Fringe Festival. If you missed them (or loved them) then, here's your chance to catch them now (or catch them again.)

Critics Choice Awards presented at Orlando Fringe Festival

5:46 PM PDT, May 26, 2013

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Critics Choice Awards presented at Orlando Fringe Festival

"Loon," a charmingly poignant show by a Portland, Ore.-based physical-theater troupe, took three top honors in the Orlando Fringe Festival's Critics Choice awards Sunday night.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Michael Winslow: Noizeyman, featuring Jose Sarduy'

May 24, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Michael Winslow: Noizeyman, featuring Jose Sarduy'

It's unusual to begin a review with a warning but I must point out that although "Michael Winslow: Noizeyman" is rated G for general audiences, this show deserves a solid M for mature. That's due mostly to comedian Jose Sarduy, who spends the first 20 or so minutes telling jokes about Hispanics, sex, butts and genitalia. If this uninspired crudeness is your sort of thing, I suppose you'd find it funny. It's most definitely not my sort of thing, and I didn't laugh — especially at the grandmother-rape "joke."

Orlando Fringe review: 'Dance for Grandma'

2:52 PM PDT, May 22, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Dance for Grandma'

My brother, cousins and I would put on a holiday pageants for our grandparents, complete with poetry, quick changes and musical numbers. So I can relate to Scott Whittemore's utterly charming "Dance for Grandma," which takes its name from his childhood displays of talent.

Orlando Fringe review: '6 Guitars'

7:46 PM PDT, May 22, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: '6 Guitars'

Checking in on Chase Padgett's "6 Guitars," which debuted at the 2010 Orlando Fringe Festival, is like visiting old friends — if your friends are comic and musical geniuses.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Chamber Music'

2:23 PM PDT, May 22, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Chamber Music'

Arthur Kopit's raucous "Chamber Music" sets eight crazy ladies in an insane asylum, thinking they are historical figures (some more famous than others).

Orlando Fringe review: 'The Dark Fantastic'

2:40 PM PDT, May 22, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'The Dark Fantastic'

Martin Dockery, who made a name for himself at the Orlando Fringe with autobiographical storytelling such as "Wanderlust" and "The Bike Trip," steps away from reality with his latest one-man tale, "The Dark Fantastic."

Orlando Fringe review: 'Hitler's Li'l Abomination'

12:19 PM PDT, May 22, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Hitler's Li'l Abomination'

Annette Roman wonders if she was born "to heal the wounds of war." Her father, you see, was Jewish. Her mother, a member of Hitler's Nazi Youth.

Orlando Fringe review: '4 Truths and a Lie'

11:03 AM PDT, May 22, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: '4 Truths and a Lie'

Unfolding with the style of a vintage game show, "4 Truths and a Lie" is a reminder that good storytelling never goes out of style.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Lust'

12:41 PM PDT, May 22, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Lust'

Lust, to me, is an intense emotion — full of drive and passion.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Cathedral City'

10:18 AM PDT, May 22, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Cathedral City'

Kurt Fitzpatrick is going to die.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Mitzi Morris in If Looks Could Kill'

1:01 AM PDT, May 22, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Mitzi Morris in If Looks Could Kill'

Mitzi Morris, star of last year's "Dazzled to Death," is back in a new caper, "If Looks Could Kill!" And though she isn't exactly dazzling this year, she still has a comic shine.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Pretending Things Are a Cock'

12:29 AM PDT, May 22, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Pretending Things Are a Cock'

I've always suspected that inside every grown man is still a sixth-grader who will snigger at words like the final one in this show's title. Based on the laughter at this one-man show, it turns out there are a lot of women who have an inner middle-school boy, too.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Poe & Mathews: A Misadventure in the Middle of Nowhere'

12:45 AM PDT, May 22, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Poe & Mathews: A Misadventure in the Middle of Nowhere'

Brian Kuwabara and Emily Windler have cooked up an absurd little comedy in "Poe and Mathews: A Misadventure in the Middle of Nowhere."

Orlando Fringe review: 'Celebrity Match Game: The Musical (And a Game Show)'

May 22, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Celebrity Match Game: The Musical (And a Game Show)'

The funniest thing about "Celebrity Match Game: The Musical" is the whiff of truth in the set-up.

Orlando Fringe review: 'The 3 Pussy Riot Sisters'

12:07 AM PDT, May 22, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'The 3 Pussy Riot Sisters'

It wouldn't be the Fringe without a good, old-fashioned piece of agitprop theater, and "The 3 Pussy Riot Sisters" is ripped from today's headlines.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Cemetery Golf'

May 22, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Cemetery Golf'

It's tough to be the son of a preacher man. In Jim Loucks' one-man show, "Cemetery Golf," he paints a picture of growing up with a minister for a dad in the rural South.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Snapshots'

May 22, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Snapshots'

The conceit of David McElroy's "Snapshots" is that its series of mini-plays depicts key moments throughout life — birth and death being the big two. But this exercise proves to be as unsatisfying as viewing just a handful of pictures out of a giant photo album.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Jett Backpack and the Battle at the End of the Universe'

May 22, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Jett Backpack and the Battle at the End of the Universe'

Who needs Flash Gordon when Jett Backpack is defending the universe? A silly send-up of sci-fi B movies, "Jett Backpack and the Battle at the End of the Universe" goes to comedy — and beyond.

Orlando Fringe review: 'The Crack Rock Opera'

3:24 PM PDT, May 21, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'The Crack Rock Opera'

A self-proclaimed product of the dual muses of David Waters and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," "The Crack Rock Opera" doesn't call to mind either of those formidable influences.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Onomatopoeia'

2:59 PM PDT, May 21, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Onomatopoeia'

This sweetly nostalgic tale of being in love in hard times unfolds against the backdrop of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression, a time that is skillfully evoked by the words, music and production touches.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Geek Life'

May 21, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Geek Life'

Aji Slater is happy to be a geek — more specifically, happy to be a juggling geek. (Some might say a juggling fool, but that's a different thing altogether.)

Orlando Fringe review: 'Fetish'

1:22 PM PDT, May 21, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Fetish'

If you remember Jason Nettle from his wrenching one-man drama "9/11: We Will Forget," you can't blame the guy for seeking out a little comic relief in the frequently oddball world of other people's kinks. "Fetish" is, in many ways, a photo negative of his last effort. While "9/11" used dashes of humor to lighten up the tragedy, "Fetish" is a very funny show about a very funny subject, spiked with a hint of melancholy.

Orlando Fringe review: 'How to Be a Terrorist'

May 21, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'How to Be a Terrorist'

First off, this show is not about terrorism. It's about the Boy Scouts, kind of. And it's about a boy's coming of age, after a fashion. OK, I'm not sure exactly what this show is striving to be. But really it's mostly about Jimmy Grzelak, the writer-performer of the one-man production.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Foolhardy: A True Story That Might Make You Believe -- in Miracles'

12:39 AM PDT, May 21, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Foolhardy: A True Story That Might Make You Believe -- in Miracles'

What's a critic to do when a performer offers up these lines during his show?

Orlando Fringe review: 'The Pit'

May 21, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'The Pit'

Martin Dockery and Vanessa Quesnelle visit a scary place in absurdist comedy "The Pit" — marriage. The show is a sort-of "Waiting for the Pit" as a couple in a nebulous no-man's land spar, hold circular conversations and echo each other's catchphrases, all the while trying to avoid a giant pit that threatens to engulf them.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Once Upon a Wonderland'

May 21, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Once Upon a Wonderland'

Yow Dance, which last year staged "Classically Demented" at the Fringe, once again visits the realm of fairy tales in "Once Upon a Wonderland." But unfortunately, the magic has faded in this muddled journey that sees dance and storyline compete with rather than complement one another.

Orlando Fringe review: 'The Mud Flappers Variety Hour'

8:55 AM PDT, May 19, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'The Mud Flappers Variety Hour'

Variety is the perfect word to describe this rollicking revue starring Orlando gypsy-swing ensemble the Mud Flappers.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Arts or Crafts'

12:19 AM PDT, May 21, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Arts or Crafts'

At last, a play that dares to ask a question that has haunted me for years: "Where is the art in 'The Wedding Singer'?"

Orlando Fringe review: 'Made for Each Other'

12:02 AM PDT, May 20, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Made for Each Other'

"Made for Each Other," I suppose, is technically a romantic comedy. But this is no Meg Ryan movie. On the surface, it's about budding romance between two men; as the show opens, Jerry has just proposed marriage to a flabbergasted Vincent — on a cell phone, no less.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Stained Glass Windows'

May 21, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Stained Glass Windows'

"Stained Glass Windows" covers familiar territory — a gay teen's coming out — with a twist. Playwright Steve Sherman shows the audience four different ways that young David's news could be received by his parents.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Chase and Paul: Solo Shows are Hard'

6:55 AM PDT, May 20, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Chase and Paul: Solo Shows are Hard'

If only everyone could keep their sense of humor through adversity like Chase Padgett and Paul Strickland. The guitar-playing duo kick off the show with "Everybody is a Critic," featuring lyrics cribbed from the worst reviews of their solo shows. ("Padgett should cut about half the cast of his one-man show," reads one. Ouch.)

Orlando Fringe review: 'C-'

1:29 PM PDT, May 20, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'C-'

In "C-," Eric Jaffe checks in with old frat brothers 20-plus years after college and shares their lives in a series of vignettes. Jaffe's plenty engaging but his show's premise means there's a certain sameness to his characters — after all, they are all the same age, went to the same college, even joined the same fraternity.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Magical Mystery Detour'

May 20, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Magical Mystery Detour'

It's Gemma Wilcox herself who puts the magic in her one-woman show, "Magical Mystery Detour."

Orlando Fringe review: 'God Is a Scottish Drag Queen'

12:02 AM PDT, May 21, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'God Is a Scottish Drag Queen'

I feel as though I know quite a lot about God.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Misa Flamenca'

1:43 PM PDT, May 20, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Misa Flamenca'

As a dance, flamenco is about style: The fire in the eyes, the exquisite vestments, the dramatic posturing. Orlando's Flamenco del Sol troupe has shrewdly noticed the similarity between the Spanish dance and organized religion.

Orlando Fringe review: 'The Boy Who Stole the Sun'

11:25 AM PDT, May 20, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'The Boy Who Stole the Sun'

There is a lovely fablelike quality to "The Boy Who Stole the Sun," not only in the actual story but in the creative production directed by Christian Kelty. The Sun (Joseph Martens), personified by a laid-back guitar player, strolls across the stage. He's joined by his true love, the Moon (Jessica Daumen), playing a green violin and shaking her long, flaxen hair. (Fables always feature maidens with flaxen hair.)

Orlando Fringe review: 'Strangely Attractive'

May 20, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Strangely Attractive'

To say that "Strangely Attractive" is a spoof on "My Three Sons" would be an insult to that sweet, silly show. I only wish I could offer some clue as to what this show really is about, other than a chance for a group of actors to show way, way more flesh than anybody but the twentysomething guy next to me really wants to see. (Yeah, it's that kinda Fringe show.)

Orlando Fringe review: 'Detour, Not Your Mother's Musical'

May 20, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Detour, Not Your Mother's Musical'

Fortysomething women come together and stand by their friend Ashley after her husband, Doug, leaves her for his 22-year-old administrative assistant in Better Half Entertainment's "Detour, Not Your Mother's Musical."

Orlando Fringe review: 'Take Off Your Shorts! Four Comedies by PRT'

9:09 AM PDT, May 19, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Take Off Your Shorts! Four Comedies by PRT'

Playwrights' Round Table has some engaging ideas on display in this "best of" roundup of short plays, above and beyond the laughs. My favorite? Arthur M. Jolly's "If You Could Go Back," an increasingly ridiculous comedy that uses the thorny issues of time travel to pile up the mishaps, then wraps it up neatly with a moral that doesn't sabotage the farce.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Joe's Cafe'

12:47 AM PDT, May 21, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Joe's Cafe'

This musical café is a one-man operation now, but the charm of the place hasn't been affected much by being downsized.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Teaching Shakespeare'

11:48 AM PDT, May 20, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Teaching Shakespeare'

College Professor Keir Cutler thinks Shakespeare is the center of the universe. No, really. Indisputably. Fanatically. Insanely?

Orlando Fringe review: 'Macbeth'

May 19, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Macbeth'

The three weird sisters slither their way through Sisyphus Productions' stripped-down "Macbeth." Shakespeare's murderous tale of "vaulting ambition" is told in 90 minutes as quick scene follows quick scene. Creepy sound effects, amped-up acting and the pace put one in mind of Shakespeare adapted for the CW television network — an overall effect that has both pluses and minuses.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Stayin' Alive III'

May 20, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Stayin' Alive III'

The Downtowners, a senior-citizen choral ensemble from Orlando Lutheran Towers, return to Fringe with "Stayin' Alive III," featuring classic-hit songs to modern tunes.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Children in the Dark'

7:58 AM PDT, May 19, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Children in the Dark'

It's a ghost story, as the title and the opening implies. But in Neutral Ground Ensemble's engaging psychodrama, the afterlife is filled with more than just fear.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Piranha the Musical'

May 19, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Piranha the Musical'

Imagine Orlando as the setting of crass TV cartoon "South Park" and you get the vibe of "Piranha the Musical." Joel Warren's original story is set in the City Beautiful and features much from the "South Park" playbook: big musical numbers, crudeness just for the fun of being crude, even celebrity parodies.

Orlando Fringe review: 'all saints all souls'

8:24 AM PDT, May 19, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'all saints all souls'

We meet Maggie (Kayla Zaniboni) as an affable but quiet stoner, alone in her room. Between digressions on the biographies of Led Zeppelin and some comforting conversations with an equally tripped-out Virgin Mary (Kelly Kilgore), Maggie prepares to host a private Day of the Dead celebration while Evan (Mike Deaven) has his own aimless adventures upstage, and his own mysterious connection with Maggie's loss.

Orlando Fringe review: 'The Death of Brian: A Zombie Tale'

1:22 PM PDT, May 18, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'The Death of Brian: A Zombie Tale'

For a play about a zombie, Ricky Coates' frenetic one-man romp has plenty of life. We meet his Brian as something of a zombie already, a tired salary man his boss accurately descibes as a "good cow." Not for long. After a car accident, Brian's slide into the undead world unfolds in the fragments between his blackouts as he evades a curious doctor and begins to find a strange new freedom in his newfound taste for flesh.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Little Miss Fringe Festival'

11:16 PM PDT, May 17, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Little Miss Fringe Festival'

If Honey Boo Boo competed for the title of  "Little Miss Fringe Festival," the reality TV starlet would be the classiest of the bunch.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Ain't True and Uncle False'

May 19, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Ain't True and Uncle False'

This show is either amazingly charming or charmingly amazing. Probably both.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Brothers of Affliction'

1:13 PM PDT, May 18, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Brothers of Affliction'

The three brothers here are in a bad way from the start. We meet them in the aftermath of a barfight: Middle brother Shane amped up and looking for more, eldest brother Chris trying to keep the peace, and the youngest, Tyree, sporting a face full of wounds. Mind you, all three are full of wounds and not all of them are so easily seen. Nor are they easily healed, as "Brothers of Affliction" tears away at the family roots of their discontent.

Orlando Fringe review: 'The House of Yes'

10:32 AM PDT, May 17, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'The House of Yes'

If you're familiar with Wendy MacLeod's dark comedy, or the film inspired by it, you know that family reunions don't get much more awkward – or funny – than that of the Pascals. When Marty Pascal (Justin M.G. Hughes) brings his naive fiance (Monica Joyce) home to meet the family after a long absence, it's clear from the get-go that there's a bit of distance between Marty and his mother (Marcie Schwalm) – and maybe a little too much closeness between him and his unhinged sister Jackie-O (Adele Papoosha).

Orlando Fringe review: 'Man 1, Bank 0'

11:37 PM PDT, May 17, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Man 1, Bank 0'

In the ongoing battle between man and machine, score one for our side.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Double Happiness'

9:38 PM PDT, May 18, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Double Happiness'

The adoption process is neither easy nor fast-moving.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Ses-qui-cen-ten-ni-al'

11:38 PM PDT, May 17, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Ses-qui-cen-ten-ni-al'

When it comes to American history, the Civil War remains a topic that's charged with emotion.

Orlando Fringe review: 'My Pussy Is Purrin' Again'

May 17, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'My Pussy Is Purrin' Again'

I've heard a lot of coming-out stories at Fringe Festivals through the years -- but never one from a 78-year-old woman. In "My Pussy Is Purring Again," irrepressible D'yan Forest takes her through her adventurous life. And by adventurous, I'm talking sexually adventurous. There are the repressed lesbian urges at summer camp, the tickling orgy in Paris.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Obsessively Okay'

11:15 AM PDT, May 17, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Obsessively Okay'

It's clearly not politically correct to find Obsessive-compulsive disorder funny, but that's the beauty of Audrey Kearns' one-woman show, "Obsessively Okay." In relating her struggle with OCD, Kearns isn't afraid to see — and show her audience — the humor in her over-the-top sci-fi fandom or in her insistence on saying her prayers exactly right.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Circus Acts: An Aerial & Acrobatic Adventure'

8:59 PM PDT, May 16, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Circus Acts: An Aerial & Acrobatic Adventure'

There are no clowns, lion tamers or elephant parades in "Circus Acts: An Aerial & Acrobatic Adventure." This show takes to the sky with performances on ribbons, bars and other suspended apparatus, spotlighting students and instructors of Orlando's Circus Arts School.

Orlando Fringe review: 'The HypnoLarryous Show'

11:23 PM PDT, May 17, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'The HypnoLarryous Show'

After an hour with Larry Silver and his “HypnoLarryous” show, I’m no closer or further from believing in the powers of hypnotism. But I had some laughs watching him demonstrate and illuminate during the first show of his limited Orlando Fringe engagement.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Shut UP, Emily Dickinson'

11:27 PM PDT, May 17, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Shut UP, Emily Dickinson'

For every free-spirit like Rimbaud or Bukowski who ever inspired bad hipster poetry, there is at least one Emily Dickinson: A late 1800s shut-in whose closest friends in later life were her flowers. Or, as Tanya O'Debra's script puts it, "Emily Dickinson: Poet, recluse, most annoying person ever."

Orlando Fringe review: 'Piano Man'

9:29 PM PDT, May 18, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Piano Man'

Love stinks. Our heroine isn't stupid. She knows that. It doesn't make her less lonely.

Orlando Fringe review: 'I U We'

May 18, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'I U We'

If you're looking for a Fringe show where you could take your daughter, your mom and your grandmom, this could be it. I U We is a musical revue by Molly Conole that looks at the stages of womanhood through the eyes of five characters, called simply Young Mom, Older Mom, Daughter 1, Daughter 2, Grandma and Piano Player. Conole, especially, and the other adult performers all have impressive musical resumes in performance, teaching and, for Conole, composition; Conole, who plays Older Mom, appears to be the actual mom of Daughters 1 and 2, who are real-life sisters.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Loon'

May 18, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Loon'

Delightful, whimsical and heartfelt, "Loon" exposes the most basic human emotions with charming, original style. The Wonderheads, a Portland, Ore., theater company, have devised a visual and aural treat in which a man falls in love with the moon.

Orlando Fringe review: 'A Field Guide to the Gays'

11:16 PM PDT, May 17, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'A Field Guide to the Gays'

"A Field Guide to the Gays" is everything you ever wanted to know about being gay, but were afraid to ask.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Little Pussy'

May 18, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Little Pussy'

It's so easy to empathize with John Grady. He's just a nice guy trying to make it in a cold, hard world of bullies and thugs. In his one-man show, "Little Pussy," Grady shares a few of his life-changing moments. Not big ones like weddings or childbirth, but smaller moments — like being confronted by junior-high tough guys in the locker room.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Serving Bait to Rich People'

2:55 PM PDT, May 14, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Serving Bait to Rich People'

Alexa Fitzpatrick describes herself as a ski bum turned bartender. But her one-woman show is much more than just another girl's life.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Escape Reality'

7:44 AM PDT, May 18, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Escape Reality'

Chainsaws! Mindgames! Those linking metal chain things! Yes, this is a full-on magic show, the best (and only) to be found at Fringe. Appearing out of the mist from a seemingly empty telephone booth, illusionist Nick Comis has an impressive array of toys at his disposal. From a box that collapses with his assistant (Sarah Lockard) inside to a chainsaw deathtrap machine, Comis' tricks are variations on ones you may have seen before, but I certainly couldn't fathom how he did them.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Rhubarb the Bear'

8:57 PM PDT, May 16, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Rhubarb the Bear'

Before you start the wisecracks, be advised that Rhubarb the Bear has heard it all:

Orlando Fringe review: 'Key of E'

May 17, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Key of E'

"I just can't wait for the game to end / So we can start it again," sings angry young man Ethan in the opening number, and he means it. A perpetual adolescent, Ethan has the ultimate punk ethic to match his music: Let the world end, so I don't have to grow up. At least, that's how he rolls until the end of the world actually happens, in the form of a biblical-scale flood – rendered hypnotically on stage by the same garage-tech effects team that brought you "Dog Powered Robot."

Orlando Fringe review: 'The Humor Mill Orlando Presents Barack to the Drawing Board'

9:37 PM PDT, May 17, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'The Humor Mill Orlando Presents Barack to the Drawing Board'

Zany premises and a few political jabs are part of the fun in "Barack to the Drawing Board," presented by The Humor Mill, a 5-year-old Orlando comedy troupe.

Orlando Fringe review: 'A Mind Full of Dopamine'

11:28 AM PDT, May 17, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'A Mind Full of Dopamine'

Rory Ledbetter has a problem — a gambling problem.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Skill Focus: Burlesque Strikes Back'

11:53 AM PDT, May 16, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Skill Focus: Burlesque Strikes Back'

With their colorful, often skimpy costumes, the heroines (and heroes) of sci-fi, video games and comic books are a no-brainer when it comes to fodder for burlesque. But like any true nerds, the guys and gals of Skill Focus: Burlesque put a fair amount of brains into the show anyway. This manifests in a lot of ways during their three rotating shows, each dedicated to a different geek obsession. The costumes are clever (and easily removable) takes on genre favorites, with some even allowing for a playful bit of gender-bending. Even the music choices provide a chuckle for those in the know: When "Lita LaRoux" takes it off as Catwoman, she does it to "I Want to Be Evil" by Eartha Kitt (who herself played Catwoman in the 1960s "Batman" TV series).

Orlando Fringe review: 'Dirk Darrow 2: Ruby Knockers, Jaded Dick'

9:12 PM PDT, May 17, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Dirk Darrow 2: Ruby Knockers, Jaded Dick'

Classic, black-and-white detective films and dime-store pulp fiction novels inspire much of "Dirk Darrow 2: Rudy Knockers, Jaded Dick," the one-man comedy sequel by Tim Motley.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Mr. Robb Goes to the Fringe'

11:03 PM PDT, May 16, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Mr. Robb Goes to the Fringe'

Mr. Robb's gentle clowning enthralled kids in the preview show I attended. His act, like something from an old televised variety hour, can take adults back to their childhood, too.

Orlando Fringe review: Significant Me (The Oneymoon is Over)

May 17, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: Significant Me (The Oneymoon is Over)

From the moment you see Caroline Bierman dancing with abandon (and a feather duster) through her cartoon kitchen, you know the married life is in for some comic skewering. Sure enough, Caroline is not such a happy housewife deep down, which is doubly tragic since she is married to herself – ring and all.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Underneath the Lintel'

11:54 AM PDT, May 16, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Underneath the Lintel'

Spellbinding. And yet, the ingredients aren't the usual witches' brew: A pair of trousers. A laundry claim ticket. One extremely overdue library book. It's this last item that begins the journey of the Librarian, who we meet as a fussy, obsessive man. These are the traits that jolt him out of his insular world on a globe-trotting quest to track down the last owner of a book returned 123 years late. What he finds instead is – at the very least – a whole new reason to live. At most, it is proof of the existence of God.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Occupy This! Tales of an Accidental Activist'

11:53 AM PDT, May 16, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Occupy This! Tales of an Accidental Activist'

If you've seen Tommy "Rev. Nuge" Nugent in his previous shows "Preacherman" or "Burning Man and the Rev. Nuge," it will come as no surprise to learn that the laid-back philosopher has some kindred spirits within the Occupy Wall Street movement - but it did come as a surprise to Nugent himself. Therein lies the hook for his latest storytelling odyssey, in which he worms his way into the Detroit wing of the Occupy movement to promote his one-man show, but soon becomes inspired to full-fledged activism.

Orlando Fringe review: PechaKucha Orlando

May 17, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: PechaKucha Orlando

First of all, it's apparently pronounced "Puch-a Ku-cha," and that's the first of several things you're likely to learn at this show. Host Eddie Selover kicks things off by laying out the history and format for this presentation series that "combines business meeting and poetry slam": Seven presenters get to hold forth on whatever subject they feel passionate about, with the aid of 20 projected slides – and a strict time limit of 20 seconds per slide.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Playing With Myself (An Exercise in Narcissism)

11:03 PM PDT, May 16, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Playing With Myself (An Exercise in Narcissism)

Oh, an actor's mind must be a terrifying yet wonderful place. In "Playing With Myself (An Exercise in Narcissism)" Jeffrey Colangelo provides an exhilarating look at the neuroses and compulsions that bring him to the stage time and time again.

Orlando Fringe review: 'The Urban Hermit'

11:54 AM PDT, May 16, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'The Urban Hermit'

From the moment Rachel Nelson strikes a somber note to open the show on her makeshift brass gong, you know you're in for some personal moments. Anyone who has ever struggled to fit in with a crowd will find some kinship with this "Urban Hermit," a talented musician who'd rather take her flask of vodka to the movies than share a casual moment with a new friend. Connection is the theme, she explains, "if by theme, you mean where I was trying to get to."

Orlando Fringe review: 'They Call Me Q'

11:54 AM PDT, May 16, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'They Call Me Q'

Growing up in the Bronx as the child of Indian parents, Qurrat Ann Kadwani had a bit of an identity crisis. One lucky side effect? She seems pretty adept at stepping into other people's shoes.

Orlando Fringe review: 'The Ukrainian Dentist's Daughter'

11:00 AM PDT, May 17, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'The Ukrainian Dentist's Daughter'

In "The Ukrainian Dentist's Daughter," Yana Kesala shows us a woman at a crisis point. On her wedding day, Maya (Kesala's character) is waiting at the church for her very tardy fiancee. Will he show up?

Orlando Fringe review: 'The Boxer'

1:57 PM PDT, May 10, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'The Boxer'

"The Boxer" isn't fighting fair. There's something about the combination of a depression-era setting and the silent movie approach that just makes a sentimental moment hit that much harder.

Theater review: 'Eating Pasta Off the Floor'

11:53 AM PDT, May 16, 2013

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Theater review: 'Eating Pasta Off the Floor'

Ah, those old-country Italian moms. Hospitable and endearing, to everyone except their daughters. That's the predicament of poor Maria Grazia Affinito. She begins her one-woman show acting out a trip to the grocery store with her overbearing mom, whose idea of fun is trying to sell her daughter to a store employee. "I joke," says Mom, but Maria isn't laughing.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Burnt at the Steak'

May 17, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Burnt at the Steak'

In Carolann Valentino's job at a New York City steakhouse, she was surrounded by demanding customers, a ditzy hostess, needy co-workers and the occasional Jersey girl.

Orlando Fringe review: 'A Day in the Life of Miss Hiccup'

May 17, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'A Day in the Life of Miss Hiccup'

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood — that is, anywhere near the Blue venue when charming and chipper Miss Hiccup is performing.

New faces at Orlando Fringe Festival

1:03 PM PDT, May 9, 2013

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New faces at Orlando Fringe Festival

More than 100 ticketed shows? Additional venues outside Loch Haven Park? An expansion of Visual Fringe?

Orlando Fringe review: 'Happy Pink Girl Sings!'

8:04 PM PDT, May 16, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Happy Pink Girl Sings!'

Somehow, it's not too surprising that rainbows and unicorns are among the opening images in "Happy Pink Girl Sings!"

Orlando Fringe review: 'Chocolate Thunder & White Lightning'

6:43 PM PDT, May 15, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Chocolate Thunder & White Lightning'

As movies like "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" have proven, there's a lot to "blaxploit" in blaxploitation, comedy-wise. But the cast in Arfnotz Productions "Chocolate Thunder"can't count on film editing to hide some choppy performances, and it showed in their tech rehearsal.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Owl and Pussycat'

12:20 PM PDT, May 16, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Owl and Pussycat'

Who thinks putting a cat in a boat for a year and a day is a good idea? That's one question the clever Fringe show "Owl & Pussycat" addresses about "The Owl and the Pussycat," a poem written by Edward Lear in 1871.

Orlando Fringe Festival: How to Fringe

1:03 PM PDT, May 9, 2013

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Orlando Fringe Festival: How to Fringe

1. The Button: Anyone can relax near the outdoor stage at Loch Haven Park, visit the Visual Fringe art exhibition or participate in the weekend Kids Fringe activities. But if you want to see a ticketed show, you need to have a Fringe button — unless you are age 12 or younger. The button costs $9, and proceeds are used to run the festival. Buttons are available at festival ticket counters (cash only). If you lose that all-important button, be prepared to buy another one.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Brutal Imagination'

10:47 PM PDT, May 17, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Brutal Imagination'

Brutal indeed. Susan (Melissa Landy) begins the play in tears, then lays out the scene, somber yet composed as an 11:00 news crime report: In Union, S.C., Susan pounds on the door of a stranger. It was a black man who carjacked her,  cries the white woman, and took her two young children with him. Yet this carjacker is a fiction, invented by Susan – one who nonetheless shares the stage with her, played by Robert Wright.

Fringe's familiar faces

1:03 PM PDT, May 9, 2013

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Fringe's familiar faces

Not everything is new at the Orlando Fringe Festival this year. Some familiar faces will be back:

Orlando Fringe review: 'Pillow Talk'

2:40 PM PDT, May 15, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Pillow Talk'

There's nothing like being forced to share a bed to test a friendship. In the realistic and very funny "Pillow Talk," two young men are spending the night on the only bed in the trailer that's home to one's grandmother (and her vicious ferret).

Orlando Fringe review: 'Miss Inner Beauty'

6:38 PM PDT, May 15, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Miss Inner Beauty'

Steve Martin said it best. Sometimes, comedy is not pretty. As a framework for improv comedy, Sheli Nathan-Miller's one-woman show has a winning premise. She plays three eager and outlandish girls all vying to win the title of "Miss Inner Beauty" in a pageant where the audience plays a part in each stage of the contest.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Be a Man'

12:39 PM PDT, May 16, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Be a Man'

Men. Simple creatures, right? Not judging by this complex ride down the stream of the collective male consciousness. RibbitRepublic's Canadian foursome Lorenzo Damiani, Tyler Girard, Antony Hall and Corey Schmitt are in your face almost from the outset, introducing the show with a tightly-woven rap that outlines what it means to "Be a Man." From there, it's a frequently hilarious series of vignettes, from a slack-jawed diagnosis of car troubles to a litany of dating advice. ("Buy wine in bottles you can't read the labels of." "Don't fart.")

Orlando Fringe review: 'A Book Can Take You Anywhere'

11:05 PM PDT, May 16, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'A Book Can Take You Anywhere'

It's hard to be too critical of a show that literally sings the praises of some of my favorite things: Music, travel, reading, education, foreign language.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Boogie Shoes'

1:46 PM PDT, May 2, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Boogie Shoes'

Her first career goals (Wonder Woman, Jaws) were thrown out, so a very young Marcie Schwalm turned to option 3: ballerina. That launched a lifetime love of dance -- with stumbles along the way -- that's recapped in “Boogie Shoes.”

Orlando Fringe review: 'Blue and Tod: In the Black'

1:43 PM PDT, May 2, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Blue and Tod: In the Black'

For their latest tag-team cabaret, I’m willing to bet Tod Kimbro and Baby Blue didn’t have too many meetings about the high concept of their show. “We’re in the Black venue,” said Kimbro in the scene playing in my head. “Why don’t we just do songs about the color black?”

Orlando Fringe review: 'The 39 Steps'

1:50 PM PDT, May 2, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'The 39 Steps'

First off, this isn’t the “39 Steps” you’re thinking of – not quite. Yes, Invisible Frisbee Productions’ inventive comedy riffs on the Alfred Hitchcock thriller. Yes, it’s still four actors playing the roles of the hapless everyman Richard Hannay and the multiple spies he becomes entangled with. But this time, Hannay may be escaping peril in Will’s Pub instead of London. The settings, professions and event the actors’ roles depend on the cues the audience gives to the cast, by way of a “survey” taken before the show. There’s also a bit of whiz-bang technology involved: You can text your vote for one crucial setting, and watch the votes being tallied in real time on a screen. (If your phone works, anyway – mine didn’t have service in the well-insulated Pink venue.)

Orlando Fringe review: 'See Rock City & Other Destinations'

11:45 AM PDT, May 2, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'See Rock City & Other Destinations'

When I was a student at Syracuse University, a friend suggested a spontaneous midnight road trip to Niagara Falls — now a glorious memory of border crossings, greasy food, and oh, yes, one of the world's great natural wonders. When the musical "See Rock City & Other Destinations" captures that sense of "it's the journey, not the destination," and that freedom that comes from travel, it soars like a Corvette cruising down the California coast with its top down.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Bachelorette'

10:09 PM PDT, May 16, 2013

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Bachelorette'

A friend, an enemy or both?

Orlando Fringe review: 'Dance for Grandma'

3:07 PM PDT, May 14, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Dance for Grandma'

The title of Scott Whittemore’s one-man show, “Dance For Grandma,” is inspired by requests that would invariably come his way at the family gatherings of his childhood.

Orlando Fringe sets ticket-revenue record, hands out awards

4:55 PM PDT, May 28, 2012

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Orlando Fringe sets ticket-revenue record, hands out awards

The Orlando Fringe Festival had a banner year, its first under new producer Michael Marinaccio — breaking several records.

Orlando Fringe review: '4 Truths and a Lie'

12:24 PM PDT, May 14, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: '4 Truths and a Lie'

The premise is so simple, it's genius: Five people tell a story and claim it's true. But one of them is lying. The audience tries to guess who's the liar.

Orlando Fringe review: '9-11: We Will (Never) Forget'

12:27 PM PDT, May 14, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: '9-11: We Will (Never) Forget'

The show starts before the announcements even begin, with bystander video of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The footage is so universally sobering that – for a while – you begin to be leery about the show’s intent. For all the title’s insistence to the contrary, the wounds of9/11are still raw enough to exploit.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Blessings'

1:58 PM PDT, May 14, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Blessings'

Empowering women with karate is Rake Theater & the Movement's mission in “Blessings.” The production asked women in videotaped interviews about the last time they felt strong. The videos were showcased on a black, brick wall -- and were difficult to watch without a screen. (The Green venue had a screen but it appeared to be too small for the projection.) The amateurish videos also had a lot of background noise.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Bad Connections?'

1:49 PM PDT, May 14, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Bad Connections?'

Actor Paul Cosentino portrays nine interrelated New York characters experiencing loss, pain, understanding and forgiveness while soul-searching and seeking happiness in playwright Michael Levesque’s “Bad Connections?”

Orlando Fringe review: 'Aargh Zombies! Because They $ell!'

1:14 PM PDT, May 14, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Aargh Zombies! Because They $ell!'

Flesh-eaters have invaded the smallest venue of the Orlando Fringe, the wee Jamie Mykins Theater, home of “Aaaaaggghhh Zombies!!! … Because Zombies Sell.”

Orlando Fringe review: 'Best of the Fest'

1:56 PM PDT, May 14, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Best of the Fest'

Orlando Youth Theatre returns to Fringe with its cabaret "Best of the Fest," featuring an array of musical numbers from the “Very Potter Musical,” “Chicago,” “Rock of Ages,” “Hairspray” and other Broadway shows.

Orlando Fringe Festival expands to new venues, adds shows

5:58 AM PDT, August 8, 2012

Orlando Fringe Festival expands to new venues, adds shows

Coming off the most successful season in its 21-year history, the Orlando International Fringe Festival will expand into a nearby neighborhood and increase the number of shows it offers next spring.

Orlando Fringe review: '2013: Finding Love in the Zombie/Cannibal Apocalypse'

11:25 AM PDT, May 14, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: '2013: Finding Love in the Zombie/Cannibal Apocalypse'

There's something lifeless in "2013: Finding Love in the Zombie Cannibal Apocalypse," a wan comedy by Jack McGrath. The Playwrights' Round Table has staged the story of a video-game tester and a diner owner braced for disaster as bands of zombies and bands of cannibals close in on them.

Orlando Fringe review: '38'

12:21 PM PDT, May 14, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: '38'

Sean (Brian Grouth) wants a baby - badly. His girlfriend of two years, Alex (Dina Najjar) is pregnant – and is getting an abortion. Sean’s not-so-simple solution? Shanghai her to a remote cabin and force her to carry the child in captivity.

 Orlando Fringe review: 'The Compleat Repertory' by Timothy Mooney

10:54 AM PDT, May 14, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'The Compleat Repertory' by Timothy Mooney

Orlando Fringe Festival veteran Timothy Mooney is using his time slot at the Fringe to present a retrospective of the various works he has performed through the years.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Annie Todd: The Demon Orphan of Fleet Street'

1:08 PM PDT, May 14, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Annie Todd: The Demon Orphan of Fleet Street'

If you love Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd but can’t stand that curly-haired ginger moppet (and her little dog too) Annie Todd: The Demon Orphan of Fleet Street might be the show for you.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Blood Sisters The Musical: In Concert'

2:03 PM PDT, May 14, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Blood Sisters The Musical: In Concert'

You can really get your groove on watching "Blood Sisters The Musical: In Concert," a sultry, sassy collection of songs. It's the story of an African-American family -- a proud mother and her five daughters as they face life, love and a big secret from the past.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Bouncers'

May 31, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Bouncers'

Editor's note: This review is of the original I.D.10-T production of "Bouncers," staged last fall. The version presented at the Orlando Fringe Festival will be condensed to 55 minutes.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Dead Body Friendship'

3:07 PM PDT, May 14, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Dead Body Friendship'

A first date goes from unpredictable to kinky to horribly wrong while testing the bond of three friends in Gabrielle Brown’s comedy “Dead Body Friendship.” Nerdy comic-book and sci-fi fan Ben (Tim Walczak) lets his buddy Franklin (Brandon Lopez) set him up on a date with sexy, pill-popping Angelica (Kimberly Bonny). Ben and Angelica are about to get hot and heavy with peanut butter in his bedroom -- but she dies before the sticky situation can ensue. Ben panics and calls his pals Franklin and Farrah (Madison Graham) for help -- but his chain-smoking landlady (Stefanie Lebowitz, with Busch beer cans as curlers in her hair) has seen too much.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Bursting Into Flames by Martin Dockery'

2:08 PM PDT, May 14, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Bursting Into Flames by Martin Dockery'

When you follow a Fringe artist through several years of shows, it's a pleasure to see the performer stretch artistically or surprise -- especially when the result is as entertaining as Martin Dockery's latest creation, "Bursting into Flames."

Orlando Fringe review: 'Blue and Tod: Too Drunk to Fringe'

2:05 PM PDT, May 14, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Blue and Tod: Too Drunk to Fringe'

The best thing about "Blue and Tod: Too Drunk to Fringe" is that the title stars Blue Star and Tod Kimbro do not appear to be even slightly inebriated. They are on top of their game here with a sharp focus on what's funny -- not even afraid to send up themselves.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Dirk Darrow NCSSI (Not Completely Serious Supernatural Investigator)'

3:07 PM PDT, May 14, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Dirk Darrow NCSSI (Not Completely Serious Supernatural Investigator)'

It's a magic show. Wait, it's a comedy routine. Oh no, it's a mystery. I guess it's all of those things, but whatever you call it, it's consistently entertaining.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Cannibal! The Musical'

2:46 PM PDT, May 14, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Cannibal! The Musical'

Before TV's "South Park" and Broadway hit "The Book of Mormon," Trey Parker created "Cannibal! The Musical," a black comedy loosely based on the story of Alferd Packer, a man accused of eating his companions on a trek from Utah to Colorado during the winter of 1873-74.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Classically Demented: A Darkened Fable of Storybook Characters You Thought You Knew'

2:47 PM PDT, May 14, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Classically Demented: A Darkened Fable of Storybook Characters You Thought You Knew'

In a year of zombie-themed Fringe shows, the undead even make their way into "Classically Demented" a fairy-tale pastiche by Yow Dance. Artistic director Eric Yow, who appears as the (evil, of course) queen, has crafted a show that niftily mixes modern movement, more than a little classical technique and a dash of theme-park magic into a delightfully wacky and engaging whole.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Dog Powered Robot and the Subsequent Adventure'

3:07 PM PDT, May 14, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Dog Powered Robot and the Subsequent Adventure'

Well there's an adorable dog, you see. And some really cute cardboard robots. Do you really need anything else?

Orlando Fringe review: 'Celebrity Squares'

2:46 PM PDT, May 14, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Celebrity Squares'

Michael Wanzie and Douglas White have assembled a powerhouse group of local entertainers to impersonate famous folks in “Celebrity Squares,” a Fringe show fashioned after the TV classic “Hollywood Squares.”  It’s exciting to spot the “stars” when the group makes its mass entrance from all corners of the Orange venue.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Connected: An Interactive Experience'

2:47 PM PDT, May 14, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Connected: An Interactive Experience'

"Hello everyone," the soothing voice says in your ear -- directly into your ear, as it happens, for at "Connected," each audience member wears a pair of earbuds. It's all a part of the interactive theme in this unusual show that combines theater, modern dance and a therapy session.

Orlando Fringe review: 'GGG: Dominatrix for Dummies'

7:34 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'GGG: Dominatrix for Dummies'

Is it hot in here, or is it just the title of Eleanor O’Brien’s one-woman show?

Orlando Fringe review: 'Gay Bar Star: Return from the Big House'

7:35 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Gay Bar Star: Return from the Big House'

“Gay Bar Star: Return from the Big House” is the latest vehicle for the super-sized voice and stage presence of Orlando cabaret favorite Janine Klein, who channels her alter-ego with a formidable combination of skill, style and comedic timing.

Orlando Fringe review: 'James Judd's Funny Stories'

7:13 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'James Judd's Funny Stories'

James Judd has regaled Fringegoers before with his personal travails, whether battling weight issues ("Fat Camp" or hooked on soap operas ("7 Sins"). He's back with "James Judd's Funny Stories," and though the title doesn't lie -- the stories are filled with his observational humor -- they don't quite have the snap of his previous efforts. The biggest flaw -- with the exception of the last of his four tales, the strongest -- is that none builds to a satisfying end.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Everybody Loves Chlamydia: A Comedy'

8:54 PM PDT, May 15, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Everybody Loves Chlamydia: A Comedy'

"Everybody Loves Chlamydia" is a funny concept in search of a more consistent show. In Bobby Desormier's over-the-top story, basic human characteristics are personified, rather like Greek gods. So we have Promiscuity, Lust, Chastity, Sexual Frustration and Common Sense hanging out together.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Jitters'

7:12 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Jitters'

“Do I miss anything about Boston?” Bernie O’Brien roared in the opening moments of his one-man show. “What? Do you want me to get weepy here?”

Orlando Fringe review: 'The Habit'

7:34 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'The Habit'

In "The Habit," Wilson Lauria has a message, I think, of freedom. I say "I think" because in this bizarre mixture of singing, storytelling, voiceovers and costume changes, the message gets blurred and eventually buried.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Grimmly Yours'

7:34 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Grimmly Yours'

The Sisters Grimm go to California with lofty goals. Reserved academian Billie wants to preserve the good, story-telling family name while starry-eyed Jackie may be a bit overly ambitious – much like the Fringe production they’re in, Renegade Theater's  “Grimmly Yours.”

Orlando Fringe review: 'Eunice & Ernie's Story Time for Grown-Ups'

8:52 PM PDT, May 15, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Eunice & Ernie's Story Time for Grown-Ups'

Oy! In "Eunice & Ernest's Story Time for Grown-Ups," an older Jewish couple (in Fringe style, both played by men) present a typical preschool story hour with nary a kid in sight.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Joan Crawford's House Party'

7:12 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Joan Crawford's House Party'

Joan Crawford is alive and well and living in Doug Ba'aser's body. She's there, all right, in the way he raises an overly arched eyebrow. She's there in the way his lips wrinkle in disgust. She's there in the blase all-about-me attitude.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Kirikou and the Sorceress'

7:12 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Kirikou and the Sorceress'

The story of Kirikou begins traditionally: "A long time ago...," a narrator intones. But things quickly take an ominous turn. "The people lived in fear," she says. "Their men were disappearing one by one."

Orlando Fringe review: 'Lil' Women -- A Rap Musical'

7:12 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Lil' Women -- A Rap Musical'

Word to your mother.

Orlando Fringe review: The Fabulous Problemas

7:42 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: The Fabulous Problemas

Remember the old Spy Vs. Spy cartoon in Mad Magazine? If those wacky, doublecrossing figures came to life, the result might be something like “The Fabulous Problemas,” a funny look at three scoundrels who are in search of love and money – and not necessarily in that order.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Foolhardy'

7:42 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Foolhardy'

Comedic monologist and humorist Patrick Combs takes the audience on a candid journey through his life during his one-man show “Foolhardy.” There are no fabulous props or costumes—just Combs sitting in a chair and getting down to the nitty-gritty during his production.

Orlando Fringe review: 'A Little Fringe Magic With V'

7:12 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'A Little Fringe Magic With V'

"A Little Fringe Magic with V" is exactly what it claims to be. Magician V performs the tricks you would expect with showmanship and skill. Rope tricks, card tricks, mentalist tricks, he knows them all.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Fosgate, Ferret Loan Officer'

7:41 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Fosgate, Ferret Loan Officer'

"Fosgate, Ferret Loan Officer" is the kind of Fringe show critics dream of. A clever concept, sharply executed, with catchy songs, a witty script and a talented cast. Best of all, it doesn't take itself seriously and knows when enough is enough.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Little Shop of Horrors'

7:12 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Little Shop of Horrors'

TheatreWorks Florida's production of the  Howard Ashman-Alan Menken musical "Little Shop of Horrors" already has enjoyed a successful run at the Garden Theatre, so it's no wonder that it's 90-minute Fringe Festival version chugs along like a well-oiled machine.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Medicine'

7:39 PM PDT, May 15, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Medicine'

At his opening-night performance, TJ Dawe lived every Fringe artist's nightmare: He overshot his alloted time slot, and his show was ended by the technician before he had finished his monologue.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Happy Zombie Girl'

7:34 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Happy Zombie Girl'

Sarah Hanchar is undoubtedly the most well-adjusted zombie I've ever seen (and at the Fringe this year I've seen quite a few of them). Apparently, she thought being undead would be easier than being alive. But except for the fact that she no longer needs to sleep, zombie emotions seem pretty much like human ones.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Little Lady'

7:12 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Little Lady'

Don't think  you can watch Sandrine Lafond's "Little Lady" without investing some thought. Probably a lot more thought than you want to.

Orlando Fringe review: 'The Humor Mill Orlando Presents... Hysteria Repeats Itself'

7:34 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'The Humor Mill Orlando Presents... Hysteria Repeats Itself'

Who knew that breaking into a musical number would be the political solution for the economy and the upcoming election? That’s what returning Fringe Festival troupe The Humor Mill Orlando portrays in their humorous, comedic sketches throughout “Hysteria Repeats Itself!”

Orlando Fringe review: 'I Married a Nun'

7:34 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'I Married a Nun'

For a show with a ukulele in the mix, “I Married a Nun” is an intensely bittersweet look at love, aging and the grim reality of being alone.

Orlando Fringe review: 'A Long Time Ago: The Eighties Strike Back'

7:12 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'A Long Time Ago: The Eighties Strike Back'

Teenagers and mutants, ninjas and turtles. Parachutes and pants. Like a lot of fads from the decade that inspired it, “A Long Time Ago: The Eighties Strike Back” succeeds – when it does – by throwing a lot of cool things in a blender and creating something completely new. (Or at least colorful.)

Orlando Fringe review: 'Mitzi Morris in "Dazzled to Death"'

7:25 PM PDT, May 15, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Mitzi Morris in "Dazzled to Death"'

Did you know that in the 1940s a detective was also referred to as a dick? As in, a private detective was called a "private dick."

Orlando Fringe review: 'Madame PeeVira: Dark Lady'

7:19 PM PDT, May 15, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Madame PeeVira: Dark Lady'

Bizarre situations and characters abound in Dulce Art Works Inc.’s “Madame PeeVira: Dark Lady.” The zany production is inspired by Cher’s classic, ‘70s hit “Dark Lady,” a song about a fortune teller stealing someone’s man.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Menage a Prov'

7:22 PM PDT, May 15, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Menage a Prov'

Straight-up short-form improv comedy isn’t quite as prevalent at Fringe as it was last year, but that’s good news for this trio of SAK Comedy Lab veterans. With a diverse grab bag of imaginative games, these guys may be able to deliver all the off-the-cuff yuks you need.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Oneymoon (A Honeymoon For One)'

7:54 PM PDT, May 15, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Oneymoon (A Honeymoon For One)'

Christel Bartelse’s one-woman show isn’t about “finding a guy, or not finding a guy,” she asserts – or at least her alter-ego Caroline does. And for a while, she’s so deliriously happy with her independence, you believe her. Caroline is so independent, in fact, that she defiantly marries herself, complete with a gaudy ring (and the audience as wedding guests) and embarks on her “one-ymoon” to the Bahamas.

Orlando Fringe review: 'On the Nose'

7:52 PM PDT, May 15, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'On the Nose'

If the Fringe Festival were a cable network -- full of silly sitcoms and late-night adult programs -- "On the Nose" would be the prize-winning documentary, the TV network's hope for Emmy gold.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Tangled Ribbons, my summer of sex, drugs, and events for a cure'

2:05 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Tangled Ribbons, my summer of sex, drugs, and events for a cure'

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.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Pearl'

6:47 PM PDT, May 15, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Pearl'

Author Jill Craddock describes Coral Pearl as “kind of like the Kim Kardashian of her day,” and that’s a good way to look at this musical story of dueling courtesans in Second Empire France.

Orlando Fringe review: 'I'm Saving It for Paul'

7:34 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'I'm Saving It for Paul'

Monday night’s audience loved writer/director Nicole Antonia Carson’s I’m Saving It for Paul at the outdoor Red venue, and the show about one (almost) 19-year-old’s quest to lose her virginity to the most Fab of the Fab Four gets a long way on that good-humored support, overcoming weak writing, uneven acting and sometimes grating accents with a little help from its friends.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Inertia: The Musical'

7:34 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Inertia: The Musical'

"Inertia" is a musical with a cause. It wants to rouse citizens, especially young people, to engage with the government, to plug into politics, to pay attention to what's going on.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Strange Dreamz with Kevin J. Thornton'

2:05 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Strange Dreamz with Kevin J. Thornton'

Kevin J. Thornton returns to Fringe with funny, frank bits that range from why 15-year-old boys love living room furniture (and sometimes peanut butter) to his first sighting of male strippers on the old “Real People” TV show to his grandpa’s guitar.

Orlando Fringe review: 'The Monkey King'

7:29 PM PDT, May 15, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'The Monkey King'

Viet Nguyen provided insight into his Vietnamese heritage and an example of multiangle storytelling in "Reincarnation Soup" at the 2010 Fringe Festival. In "The Monkey King," he paints a bleaker picture of modern-day Vietnam -- but one that is no less absorbing as characters interact around the framework of the Chinese legend of  The Monkey King.

Orlando Fringe review: 'My Exploding Family'

7:31 PM PDT, May 15, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'My Exploding Family'

The three Japanese performers of "My Exploding Family" got a taste of Florida's rowdy weather as the heavens opened and thunder crashed around the outdoor Red Venue. The audience got a taste of colorful clowning as the trio of women incorporated the booms and lightning flashes into their fast-paced fantasy world of color and sound.

Orlando Fringe review: 'My Three Moms'

7:36 PM PDT, May 15, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'My Three Moms'

Virginia Bryan makes funerals funny. It's the hallmark of her "My Three Moms," a poignant piece that will make small-town folk like myself nostalgic for social events at which neighbors show up just for the fried chicken served afterward.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Mysterious Skin'

7:34 PM PDT, May 15, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Mysterious Skin'

"Mysterious Skin," adapted by Prince Gomolvilas from Scott Heim's novel, shows there is always a place among the silly clowning at Fringe for adult drama. And by adult, I don't mean people taking their clothes off for fun: I mean thoughtful, challenging and mostly compelling storytelling about a delicate and disturbing subject.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Nashville Hurricane'

7:48 PM PDT, May 15, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Nashville Hurricane'

Chase Padgett had a Fringe breakout hit in 2010 with "Six Guitars," a show that demonstrated his musical ability while he portrayed six different characters. In "Nashville Hurricane," his musical skills are also in the spotlight while he ... portrays multiple characters.

Orlando Fringe review: '...Since Carrie: A Celebration of (recent) Broadway Bombs'

2:06 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: '...Since Carrie: A Celebration of (recent) Broadway Bombs'

The first thing to know about "...Since Carrie: A Celebration of (Recent) Broadway Bombs" is that a "bomb" is considered a show that didn't recoup its Broadway investment. So that means shows that had fairly substantianal runs and achieved good name recognition -- think "Legally Blonde" or "Jekyll & Hyde" -- still qualify.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Spinzophrenia: "Totally" Loving the 80's'

2:05 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Spinzophrenia: "Totally" Loving the 80's'

My inner  band geek was thrilled for SPINZophrenia and its “Totally Loving the 80’s Show.” Basically it’s indoor flag corps – as seen in marching bands everywhere.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Poking Fun'

6:50 PM PDT, May 15, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Poking Fun'

The first sketch in Poking FunAnnie and Crystal, an overlong and unfunny look at girlfriends, boyfriends and where the twain meet — had me contemplating poking my eyeballs out, just to get out of what looked to be the longest hour of my life.

Orlando Fringe review: 'The Queer Bar ('Out of the Closet')'

6:47 PM PDT, May 15, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'The Queer Bar ('Out of the Closet')'

“The more you drink, the better I sound!”

Orlando Fringe review: 'Redlight: The Bad Girls of Broadway'

2:07 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Redlight: The Bad Girls of Broadway'

"Redlight: Bad Girls of Broadway" has been the hot ticket at Fringe: Apparently, it's true that sex still sells.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Scientist Turned Comedian'

2:06 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Scientist Turned Comedian'

Tim Lee, PhD, does not have the usual demeanor of a standup comedian. Perhaps it's because he's also a scientist. There's nothing brash about him, but he doesn't get to his comedy by being self-deprecating either. Or snarky. Or any of the other usual tricks.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Threads: The True Story of an Indiana Farm Girl in Vietnam'

2:05 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Threads: The True Story of an Indiana Farm Girl in Vietnam'

Tonya Jone Miller is weaving together a lot of different moments in her one-woman show "Threads: The True Story of an Indiana Farm Girl in Vietnam."

Orlando Fringe review: 'Well... Since You Asked'

12:51 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Well... Since You Asked'

“I’ve learned that there are a lot of interesting people out there.”

Orlando Fringe review: 'Ride'

2:06 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Ride'

Award-winning playwright Eric Lane’s Ride might not be the best-written show at the Fringe, but you’ll never notice as this trio of high-school performers from Trinity Prep takes you on a journey to remember, rolling abusive parents, adultery, death, Anne Frank and almost every emotion known to adolescent girls — and that would be, hmm, all of them — into one fast-paced and often hilarious road trip of a show.

Orlando Fringe review: 'The Screw You Revue Presents Lady Winifred for President'

2:06 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'The Screw You Revue Presents Lady Winifred for President'

Dewey Chaffee's comic creation Lady Winifred is in full foul-mouthed force in the latest incarnation of "The Screw You Review," titled "Lady Winifred for President."

Orlando Fringe review: 'Smart Comedy'

2:06 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Smart Comedy'

Improv comedy? Sketch comedy? You can’t swing a rubber chicken without hitting one of these shows at Fringe the last few years. But straightforward, story-free, tip-your-waitress stand-up routines? While they’re a common breed in the nightclubs, you don’t see many Fringe shows going that route these days.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Theme Park Diva: The Musical'

2:05 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Theme Park Diva: The Musical'

Making its third appearance at the Fringe Festival, "Theme Park Diva" has a lot in common with the theme-park shows it spoofs. Keyboard wizard John B. deHaas has written some catchy  songs, director Doug White has added some basic but visually effective choreography (complete with the iconic hand-ography used in those upbeat shows starring Mickey and friends). Wigs and costumes, by Shawn Walsh, have just the right ruffled, sequinned over-the-top feel in a riot of color.

Orlando Fringe review: 'The SAK Factor'

2:06 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'The SAK Factor'

Longtime Orlando improv institution the SAK Comedy Lab puts its own twist on “Family Feud” and Trivial Pursuit with “The SAK Factor.” SAK's David Russell, the game show's wacky host,  didn't kiss the contestants like Richard Dawson on “Family Feud” -- but wore a wig and resembled Stanley Tucci's character Caesar Flickerman in “The Hunger Games.”

Orlando Fringe review: 'The Sparrow and the Mouse: Creating the Music of Edith Piaf'

2:06 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'The Sparrow and the Mouse: Creating the Music of Edith Piaf'

So it turns out that bigger isn’t always better.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Still Alive'

2:05 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Still Alive'

The members of the Downtowners choir may not be all there. They may miss a high note here and there, or drop a lyric. But if you don’t at least crack a smile at “Still Alive,” you might not be fully alive yourself.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Sport: 3rd Strike'

2:05 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Sport: 3rd Strike'

I'm not really into sports -- oh, i'll try the occasional game of ping-pong or have a go at badminton, but you're not going to find me on the football field.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Skill Focus: Burlesque Does Fringe'

2:06 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Skill Focus: Burlesque Does Fringe'

Fishnets meet funny bones in “Skill Focus: Burlesques Does Fringe.”

Orlando Fringe review: 'Slipping'

2:06 PM PDT, May 16, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Slipping'

The gay coming-of-age drama "Slipping" presents a definite challenge to its actors. Playwright Daniel Talbott has structured the show in more than 30 scenes -- some of which are little more than a line or two.

Orlando Fringe review: 'Paul Strickland: Jokes, Songs, A Hat, Etc!'

6:40 PM PDT, May 15, 2012

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Orlando Fringe review: 'Paul Strickland: Jokes, Songs, A Hat, Etc!'

I first heard Paul Strickland sing at a late-night karaoke party on the Fringe lawn. I was almost to the parking lot, but his voice was arresting enough to make me stop and turn to see who had such golden pipes. Strickland shows off his singing with a few songs in his latest autobiographical laugh fest, but good as they are, they left me wishing he'd get back to the comedy — because that's even better.

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