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Theatre Review: Evita at Bob Carr

March 26, 2014
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Theatre Review: Evita at Bob Carr

Oh what a circus, oh what a show! Even the most dedicated Andrew Lloyd Webber detractor must admit that Evita, the composer's third and final successful collaboration with lyricist Tim Rice, remains his most rich and rewarding work, as aptly demonstrated by the handsome recent revival from Fairwinds' Broadway Across America that's currently on...
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Theatre Review: The Feldman Dynamic 10th Anniversary

January 22, 2014
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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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Theatre Review: “Jackie and Me” at the Orlando REP

October 22, 2013
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Combining entertainment with historical education and moral instruction is always a tricky proposition, and doubly so when we are speaking of theatre for young audiences. As the Orlando REP’s latest production proves, sometimes even the best artists can be led astray by the best of intentions. Jackie and Me, scripted by Steven Dietz based...
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Theatre Review: Fringe Year-Round presents Kevin Thornton’s “Stairway to Kevin”

October 10, 2013
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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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Theatre Review: Mamma Mia! presented by Fairwinds Broadway Across America

October 4, 2013
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I've seen more than my share of jukebox musicals, both overrated (Movin' Out) and underrated (Good Vibrations), but until this week I'd never experienced the show that popularized today's trend of marrying a vintage musical act's greatest hits to a loose storyline. Mamma Mia!, the “smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA”...
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Theatre Review: Disenchanted! at The Abbey

September 25, 2013
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Judging by the rockstar-style raucous reception Belle and Ariel received during the recent ice show at the Amway, and the epic waits times seen this week to meet & greet Snow White and Rapunzel at the Magic Kingdom's freshly opened Princess Fairytale Hall, the ongoing popularity of Disney's princesses appears pretty well assured. But...
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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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