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Orlando Fringe Review: A Tired Old Whore

May 18, 2014
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Wearing tight unmatched leopard prints and a giant ginger wig, former prostitute Taffy Pinkerbox made her world premiere theatrical entrance at Orlando Fringe on Saturday to rousing applause. That’s not because Taffy just finished servicing an audience member (though he did seem like a satisfied customer); it’s because she is the creation of Doug...
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Theatre Review: Jersey Boys at Bob Carr

April 20, 2014
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Theatre Review: Jersey Boys at Bob Carr

The following review contains excerpts from my upcoming Live Active Cultures column in the 4/23/2014 issue of Orlando Weekly, and my 5/14/2009 review of a prior production. The newly-released trailer for director Clint Eastwood’s cinematic take on Jersey Boys looks solid, but it’s hard to imagine any film having the dramatic theatrical impact of...
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Tickets now on sale for Jesus Christ Superstar arena tour at Amway Center

April 11, 2014
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Tickets now on sale for Jesus Christ Superstar arena tour at Amway Center

As last month’s first-class touring production of Evita proved, there’s still plenty of life left in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s early musicals, and a new area tour is aiming to bring one of his first hits to an entirely new audience. As of 10 a.m. on April 11, tickets are now on sale for Jesus...
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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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Video: War Horse cast Q&A with Joey the Horse at Bob Carr

February 26, 2014
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Video: War Horse cast Q&A with Joey the Horse at Bob Carr

The Tony- and Oliver-Awards winning play War Horse charged into Orlando's Bob Carr last night, and to say I had high expectations would be an understatement, considering that the show's equine star made my 2013 best-of list simply for his brief surpise appearance at FTA/Broadway Across America's season announcement party. Luckily, this touring company...
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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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Charles Dickens Auditions on January 5 at Mad Cow

December 29, 2013
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Charles Dickens Auditions on January 5 at Mad Cow

If the cavalcade of Chrismas Carols over the past few weeks didn't satiate your Dickens desire for the next year, you are in luck. Orange County Arts, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, and Mad Cow Theatre are teaming up for a community-wide “What The Dickens” celebration throughout 2014, and they are auditioning actors to play the...
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2014 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival show lineup announced

December 9, 2013
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2014 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival show lineup announced

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: “Jackie and Me” at the Orlando REP

October 22, 2013
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Theatre Review: “Jackie and Me” at the Orlando REP

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: Mamma Mia! presented by Fairwinds Broadway Across America

October 4, 2013
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Theatre Review: Mamma Mia! presented by Fairwinds Broadway Across America

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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