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Theatre Review: The Feldman Dynamic 10th Anniversary

January 22, 2014
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Theatre Review: The Feldman Dynamic 10th Anniversary

It’s been almost six years since I first wrote about Brian Feldman, and two since Orlando most undeniably unique performance artist departed for Washington D.C., but his one-show-only return on Wednesday night (Jan. 21, 2014) reminded me how much I’ve missed his brand of bizarre. The Feldman Dynamic 10th Anniversary reunited the cast of...
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Theater Review: Lizzie Borden – A New Musical

August 28, 2013
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In recent reviews, I’ve reported on a regrettable Orlando theater trend of repeatedly reviving certain musicals instead of staging something previously unseen. So why am I now reversing myself and reveling in another resurrection; a threepeat, no less? For starters, it’s been 18 years since Lizzie Borden – A New Musical was first mounted...
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Theatre Review: Better Days (Episode 6)

June 13, 2013
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SAK Comedy Lab closes out the first “season” of John Valines and Tod Kimbro's experimental live-action scripted sitcom with this month's finale of Better Days. (See here for reviews of episodes one, two, three, four, and five.) “Finding Home, Part 2,” concludes the cliffhanger set up in the previous installment, which sending the characters...
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Theatre Review: Field Guide to the Gays and Pillow Talk

June 11, 2013
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Last month, I saw 50 shows at the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, and wrote review of about half of those, but even with the combined efforts of OW's staff we only managed to cover 50% of the 100+ productions available. Thankfully, a few of the shows that slipped under our radar are being...
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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: 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: A Mind Full of Dopamine

May 20, 2013
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I've spent my share of time at casino tables in Vegas and the Carribean, but I've never maxed out 8 credit cards or lost my rent money on a hand of poker, like Rory Ledbetter. As I learned in A Mind Full of Dopamine, his brisk, funny exploration of gambling addiction, the difference between...
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Fringe Review: Shut Up, Emily Dickinson

May 19, 2013
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Emily Dickinson (Tanya O'Debra) was a poet, recluse, and the most annoying person ever born. If you decide to spend an hour with her, be prepared to part with a healthy sum of your patience. The preceding isn't my own opinion; it comes verbatim from the opening lines of Shut Up, Emily Dickinson. But...
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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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