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2014 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival show lineup announced

December 9, 2013
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Earlier this month, the lottery was held to select participants in the 2014 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, and today the final results were released to the public. Without further ado, here is the complete list direct from Fringe producer Michael Marinaccio of shows that will be presented at the festival this coming May:...
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Theatre Review: Fringe Year-Round presents Kevin Thornton’s “Stairway to Kevin”

October 10, 2013
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Theatre Review: Fringe Year-Round presents Kevin Thornton’s “Stairway to Kevin”

Last weekend’s “Come Out With Pride” parade and associated events were a fabulous celebration for Orlando’s GLBT community, and/or a huge traffic headache if you live downtown. I avoided the mob scene at Lake Eola, but I did pay an alternative observance to the event by enjoying proudly out actor/musician Kevin J. Thornton’s Stairway...
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KEY OF E Soundtrack now streaming online for free, Encore performances start at The Venue this weekend

August 19, 2013
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KEY OF E Soundtrack now streaming online for free, Encore performances start at The Venue this weekend

As reported in this month's installment of Culture 2 Go, the 2013 Orlando Fringe Festival hit KEY OF E is currently holding a Kickstarter to complete production of an original cast album for Andy Matchett & Corey Volence's post-apocalyptic rock musical. Recording of the album is finished, and you can listen to the entire...
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Fringe wrap-up: Schneider’s list

May 26, 2013
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Fringe wrap-up: Schneider’s list

While we wait just a few short hours until the winners are announced in the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival’s first-ever official critics’ awards, Orlando Weekly has asked me to post a list of the top five shows I’ve seen. It makes for a harsh sample, since the work I was privileged to witness...
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Fringe Review: Little Miss Fringe Festival

May 20, 2013
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Fringe Review: Little Miss Fringe Festival

I started watching Dance Moms because Toddlers & Tiaras looked too creepy. Then Dance Moms got too ugly, so I switched to … um, Toddlers & Tiaras. Now I’ve seen Little Miss Fringe Festival, and I’m thinking I should probably be on a list somewhere. Jeff Jones plays our host, a sleazy kids’-pageant impresario who’s sort of like Marcus...
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Fringe Review: Circus Arts: An Aerial and Acrobatic Adventure

May 20, 2013
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Fringe Review: Circus Arts: An Aerial and Acrobatic Adventure

This dizzying twirlabout is hardly an adventure. The show started off slow and never quite reached a crescendo. The underlying theme of the production was mankind’s inherent desire to fly. Aerial silks were the primary means of conveying flight and the aerial artists seemed fairly skilled. The problem lies with the venue. Although the...
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Fringe Review: The Boy Who Stole the Sun

May 20, 2013
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Fringe Review: The Boy Who Stole the Sun

From the moment the violinist took the stage, I knew I was in for a treat. The Boy Who Stole the Sun chronicles the exploits of a prepubescent young man beginning to find his footing in the world. In Frank Capra’s celebrated masterpiece It’s a Wonderful Life, Jimmy Stewart charmed his lady friend by...
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Fringe Review: Piranha the Musical!

May 19, 2013
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Fringe Review: Piranha the Musical!

Once upon a time, some of the most elaborate Orlando Fringe shows were those with a distinctly local focus. As costs and ambitions rose, however, that seemed to become less and less the case. Who’s going to go to the trouble of writing, scoring and staging an entire musical that can never play out...
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Fringe Review: CELEBRITY MATCH GAME: The Musical (And a Game Show)

May 19, 2013
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Fringe Review: CELEBRITY MATCH GAME: The Musical (And a Game Show)

Would you like to see a Broadway musical integrated into a TV game show, seamlessly and organically? Then girlfriend, keep your ass away from Michael Wanzie. The point of an outing like his Celebrity Match Game is to perpetually and defiantly court utter collapse with a performance that gratuitously mashes up two already-gratuitous festival tropes....
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Fringe Review: God Is a Scottish Drag Queen

May 19, 2013
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Fringe Review: God Is a Scottish Drag Queen

I have seen God. And I’m elated to report that He’s everything we always hoped He would be. First of all, He’s a brilliant standup comedian with a wicked sense of humor (as you may have already surmised from the way your life has turned out since high school). For another, He is indeed...
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