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Orlando Fringe appoints George Wallace executive director, and where/when to see the shows you missed

July 8, 2014

Looks like congratulations are in order for the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival.

Yesterday, the festival announced the promotion of George Wallace to executive director. Wallace steps into this newly created position after acting as the festival’s general manager for the past four years.

“I am extremely excited about my new role with Orlando Fringe,” said Wallace in a press release. “One of the things I am most proud of in my years with the organization is the growth that we have seen, and that we have had an economic impact of nearly $2 million annually for the City of Orlando.”

If the growth of this year’s Fringe Festival is any indicator, Wallace will be shepherding in a few more record-breaking years. Attendance at the festival in 2014 grew by more than 25 percent with nearly 50,000 patrons taking in the creative theatrical and visual offerings, and 27 percent of those attendees were first-time attendees. The participating artists didn’t do too shabbily either, with more than $275,000 in ticket sales going back to producers.

As part of the Fringe Year Round series, you can catch some of the shows that you missed at this year’s Fringe Festival. Here’s a roundup of what’s coming up:

Seasons, the Musical 
We said: “All four performers have professionally seasoned pipes, and when their voices blended in close harmony I got chills. Browning makes smart use of the stage, spreading actors around the space for surround-sound effects and providing plenty of props to keep the solos from becoming static.”
When: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12
Where: Mandell Theater at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St.
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There’s No Place Like Home
We said: “There’s something about There’s No Place Like Home that signals a change of tone for Wanzie away from the obvious and sometimes into the near dark. Not to overstate it: His latest play isn’t without its side-eyed references to his signature foot fetishism and, well, pill-popping divas, but the heart at the middle has warmed into something more complicated and less over-the-top than Monorail Inferno or Celebrity Squares.”
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13
Where: Mandell Theater at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St.
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Reincarnation Soup
We said, “In author/actor Viet Nguyen’s one-man show Reincarnation Soup, the afterlife is an endless queue is which you wait for an old lady to ladle you a bowl of pho that will wipe away your mortal memories, preparing you for you next incarnation. … Nguyen connects with his audience in an intensely personal way.”
When: 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14
Where: Mandell Theater at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St.
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