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Fringe Fest Hit “Blood Sisters” Closes Tonight at the Parliament House

July 7, 2012
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Fringe Fest Hit “Blood Sisters” Closes Tonight at the Parliament House

One of the unexpected delights of the recent Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival was Blood Sisters, a concert staging of an exciting original musical starring an all-African-American cast. Last last month the show returned to Orlando for a limited run, and it concludes its 3-performance engagement at the Parliament House's Footlights Theatre tonight (Saturday...
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Final Farewell to Fringe 2012

May 30, 2012
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Final Farewell to Fringe 2012

The 2012 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival is now nothing but a memory, following Monday night’s “patrons pick” finale. You can reminice about the Fringe with me in my latest Live Active Cultures column (available on newsstands today in the newest Orlando Weekly) where a share my experiences escorting the Big Nazo monster puppet...
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Fringe review: Mysterious Skin

May 25, 2012
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Fringe review: Mysterious Skin

Swimming against the Fringe tide of fun-’n'-games, Mysterious Skin is a tidily put-together production of a play about falling apart. You may hear gusts of raucous laughter drifting in from other venues, but during Skin‘s 90-minute runtime, the Orange Venue is a roiling cauldron of emotional messiness. OK, it’s not all desperate — intense...
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Fringe review: On the Nose

May 25, 2012
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Fringe review: On the Nose

I’ve never understood why some people are so afraid of clowns. Why harbor a phobia of something that’s meant to convey laughter and joy? Why not dread something genuinely threatening, like intimacy or Mandy Patinkin? This is among the subjects covered in On the Nose, a delightful and fascinating hour of education in all things...
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Fringe review: Strange Dreamz

May 25, 2012
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Fringe review: Strange Dreamz

This past Saturday night, I missed Kevin J. Thornton’s 10:45 show, Strange Dreamz, by a scant three minutes. The gate was shut and they wouldn’t let me in. No amount of beseeching managed to move the door lady — they run a very tight ship at this year’s Fringe. OK, I thought, it’s been...
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Fringe review: Connected — An Interactive Experience

May 25, 2012
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Fringe review: Connected — An Interactive Experience

According to the group’s website, Connected — An Interactive Experience purports to be a “theatrical experience that combines drama, choreography and technology to connect with performers on stage, with one another and to the deepest parts of themselves.” It’s a lofty ambition. But while these earnest young dancers and performers have a great deal...
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Fringe review: Annie Todd, the Demon Orphan of Fleet Street

May 25, 2012
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Fringe review: Annie Todd, the Demon Orphan of Fleet Street

Writers David Strauss and Nicole Carson have conflated two mega-musicals from the Broadway pantheon – Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Annie – and have come up with a hybrid: Annie Todd: The Demon Orphan of Fleet Street. Contrasting Sweeney’s dark negativity with Annie’s sunny optimism is a clever conceit, but the show doesn’t have...
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Fringe review: Dirk Darrow: NCSSI (Not Completely Serious Supernatural Investigator)

May 24, 2012
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Fringe review: Dirk Darrow: NCSSI (Not Completely Serious Supernatural Investigator)

Despite its title, Dirk Darrow: NCSSI (Not Completely Serious Supernatural Investigator) is not a spoof of the entire CBS primetime schedule. Instead, it’s an hour of film noir led by a good, old-fashioned private dick — one with a sharp tongue and a head full of wonders. Our man Dirk claims to be hot on...
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Fringe Review: I’m Saving It For Paul

May 23, 2012
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Fringe Review: I’m Saving It For Paul

In Orlando playwright Nichole Carson’s genially raunchy original comedy I’m Saving It For Paul, the year is 1964 and Martha (Robyn Scrivener) is the last 19-year-old virgin left in Atlantic City. Engaged to be married in three weeks, she doesn’t want her hothead fiancee (Anthony R. Smith) to be her first. Instead, she enlists...
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Fringe review: My Three Moms

May 23, 2012
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Fringe review: My Three Moms

A few days ago, I was accosted by a Fringe patron I’ve never seen before. She wanted to know what’s good this year; I mentioned (among other things) Dance for Grandma, explaining that it revolves around a young man’s memories of his dearly departed nana. She leaned in conspiratorially and chuckled. “Doesn’t it make you...
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