This Weekend: Orlando’s Crazy-Crowded Theatrical Calendar
Dear Orlando Theater Companies:
Can we talk? We here at the Orlando Weekly love you guys. Really, we do. We love your passion, your commitment, your enthusiasm.
But can we make one little request? If it wouldn’t be a violation of artistic anti-trust regulations, could you guy get together over a gosh-darn calendar?
We understand how it works. In December you’re obligated to stage some seasonal show, because it’s illegal to not produce Christmas theater in this town. Then in early January everyone tries to shake off their New Year hangover, and staggers back into the rehearsal hall to begin work on the next show. Therefore, it’s only natural that a bumper crop of play premieres pops up like clockwork at the end of each January.
But really guys, do you all have to open your first productions of 2011 simultaneously? This weekend, Orlando’s stages will welcome four full show openings and a notable staged reading, all within a 48 hour period. These come on the heels of a trio of recent openings around town, and in advance of next week’s Broadway Across America tour of West Side Story.
In case you weren’t aware, economic realities have restricted OW‘s research and development funding, so our program to genetically clone theater reviewers and teleport them to shows around town is on temporary hold. Until we get our time-turner back from Hermione Granger, we’ll be hard-put to give proper attention to the plethora of plays premiering this period.
So, if you’re an artistic director scratching your head over why you aren’t getting the coverage this week that you deserve, take a look at this long list below. And remember this during next summer’s inevitable slow season, when everyone is asking “where’s all the theater right now?”
Opening this Weekend:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ Orlando Shakespeare
Through March 19
David Lee directs Wynn Harmon, Sarah Ireland, and Avery Clark in the Bard’s best-known romantic comedy.
AIDA @ Orlando Shakespeare
Through February 13
GOAT presents Disney’s Elton John reinterpretation of the ancient Egyptian opera.
Blithe Spirit @ Pointe Performing Arts Center (Pointe Orlando)
Through February 13
FantasyLand Theatrical revives Noel Coward’s classic comedy about spiritualism.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf? @ Mad Cow
Through February 27
Peg O’Keef, Stephan Jones, Tim Williams, and Heather Leonardi tackle Edward Albee’s award-winning domestic drama.
The Drag @ Orlando Shakespeare
Through January 30
A staged reading of Mae West’s controversial homosexual melodrama, featuring John DiDonna and Michael Wanzie.
Best of Broadway 1995-1999 @ Breaktrhough Theatre (through February 6)
Chicago @ Theater Downtown (through February 13)
Five Course Love @ Winter Park Playhouse (through February 13)