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Orlando Fringe Review: Jem Rolls Off the Tongue

May 14, 2014
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Orlando Fringe Review: Jem Rolls Off the Tongue

Performance poet Jem Rolls has been in 93 Fringe Festivals, but Off the Tongue is his first time in Orlando, and it's about time this gangly, graying Brit graced our stage with his volcanic presence.
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Orlando Fringe Review: Desperately Seeking the Exit

May 14, 2014
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Orlando Fringe Review: Desperately Seeking the Exit

I’ve suffered my share of humiliations during my days in the theater, but nothing like the international evisceration experienced by Peter Michael Marino, the self-proclaimed actor/writer/director/homosexual behind the manic monologue Desperately Seeking The Exit. The show’s title is derived from a particularly devastating review of his ill-fated attempt to turn Desperately Seeking Susan into...
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Orlando Fringe Review: Tap Me on the Shoulder

May 12, 2014
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Orlando Fringe Review: Tap Me on the Shoulder

“So many raps I have written grew out of the soles of my feet,” says Erika Kate MacDonald at the start of her self-written solo show Tap Me on the Shoulder. And whether you are an old-school aficionado of Nas’ Illmatic (like her) or the complete opposite of a hip-hop expert (like me), you’ll...
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Orlando Fringe Review: Papa Squat’s Store of Sorts

May 12, 2014
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Orlando Fringe Review: Papa Squat’s Store of Sorts

In Papa Squat’s Store of Sorts, singing storyteller Paul Strickland returns to Big Fib Trailer Park Cul de Sac — his white-trash Lake Wobegon that was the scene of last year’s Ain’t True and Uncle False — with another evening of strumming, soliloquizing and slyly insightful silliness. True and False (with their memorably drawn redneck...
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Orlando Fringe Review: Seasons The Musical

May 12, 2014
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Orlando Fringe Review: Seasons The Musical

Seasons The Musical, which was co-written by Orlando Fringe alumna Katie Hammond and local musician Elaine Pechacek, has previously been performed in New York and England, but is only now receiving its Central Florida debut. Helen (Tiana Akers) is about to accept a medical school scholarship when she discovers she is pregnant, and is...
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Orlando Fringe Review: HELIX

May 11, 2014
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Orlando Fringe Review: HELIX

HELIX³ is an experiment in long-form improvisation from Winter Park-based troupe Spur of the Moment, in which three audience members’ personal stories are spun into a single entwined narrative, with impressively entertaining results. At the preview performance I attended, the three leads were Travis Ray as “Pat,” a theater patron in an argument with...
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Orlando Fringe Review: CockTales and Conversations

May 11, 2014
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Orlando Fringe Review: CockTales and Conversations

In showbiz, they say, you gotta have a gimmick, and that goes double for the crowded field of improvisational comedies at this year’s Orlando Fringe. Inside Voices — comprised of Ginny Anthony, Lauren Morris and Camille Dixon — have a good one in their teasingly tantalizing title CockTales and Conversations. But it’s deceptive in that...
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Orlando Fringe Review: Home Free!

May 11, 2014
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Orlando Fringe Review: Home Free!

Lawrence (Zachary Lane) is an emotionally unstable agoraphobic who spends his days locked in his apartment, building a model Ferris wheel and giving aggressive astronomy lectures to a classroom of imaginary pupils. He sends Joanna (Cameron Gagne) out into the city to scavenge pens and other supplies, and she returns with stories of her...
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Orlando Fringe Review: CraigsLUST: A Sexploration

May 10, 2014
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Orlando Fringe Review: CraigsLUST: A Sexploration

In my personal experience, Craigslist is a great place to sell an old sofa, an unreliable place to purchase an iPhone, and a terrifying place to look for a job. Craigslist is also a dangerous place to look for love, according to countless tabloid news reports. But in the mind of Ryan Price, creator...
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Orlando Fringe Review: Paranormal Stupidity

May 10, 2014
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Orlando Fringe Review: Paranormal Stupidity

Brian Flaherty, writer and star of Paranormal Stupidity, describes his new play in its program as “a crude and mildly frightening comedy,” and for once there is 100 percent truth in advertising at the Fringe. There’s little about this 50-minute show — from the characterizations and plotting to the language and delivery of lines...
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