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Theatre Review: Better Days (Episode 6)

June 13, 2013
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Theatre Review: Better Days (Episode 6)

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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Fringe Review: Blue and Tod: In the Black

May 18, 2013
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Fringe Review: Blue and Tod: In the Black

I stumbled across a nude portrait of Bea Arthur embedded within a Yahoo News article Thursday evening. As my eyes gazed upon the matronly bosoms of Dorothy Zbornak, I truly felt that I was prepared for the anything-goes atmosphere of the Fringe Festival. However, I still wasn’t prepared for Blue’s voice, though I was...
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Theatre Review: Better Days (Episode 4)

April 24, 2013
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Friday night (April 26) is your final chance to catch the fourth episode of Better Days, SAK Comedy Lab's late-night scripted sit-com. (Read my previous reviews of episodes one, two, and three.) In “Pop,” Todd (Mike Carr) and Jocelyn (Jennifer Bonner) conspire to pull the plug on their gourmet popsicle making neighbor Camantha, who...
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Theatre Review: Better Days (Episode 3)

March 21, 2013
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The third installment of SAK Comedy Lab's live late-night sitcom Better Days marks a turning point for writers John Valines and Tod Kimbro. After two expository episodes, their series finally settles into its groove, and grows beyond sci-fi snark into emotional character development. (Read my earlier reviews of the pilot episode and episode 2.)...
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Theatre Review: Better Days (Episode 2)

February 26, 2013
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Last Friday, I caught the final performance of the second installment of Better Days, SAK Comedy Lab's new late-night live sitcom. Unlike SAK's usual improvisational fare, Better Days is scripted by John Valines (who also directed the second episode) and Tod Kimbro in the spirit of Cheers meets Big Bang Theory. (See my 1/3/13...
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Final Farewell to Fringe 2012

May 30, 2012
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Final Farewell to Fringe 2012

The 2012 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival is now nothing but a memory, following Monday night’s “patrons pick” finale. You can reminice about the Fringe with me in my latest Live Active Cultures column (available on newsstands today in the newest Orlando Weekly) where a share my experiences escorting the Big Nazo monster puppet...
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Fringe review: Blue and Tod – Too Drunk to Fringe

May 21, 2012
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Fringe review: Blue and Tod – Too Drunk to Fringe

Dean Martin made a career out of acting drunk and happy. The charade — he was actually drinking ice tea — allowed him to make it look as if his artistry was carefree and unrehearsed. Tod Kimbro’s persona is drunk, happy, gay and debauched. It allows him to pass off his artistry as cool...
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Theater Tonight: Fringe Fundraiser at Urban ReThink

April 26, 2011
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Theater Tonight: Fringe Fundraiser at Urban ReThink

Do you remember the 1990′s? The Clinton era was two long decades ago, but if you can recall the long-lost gothic glories of Barbarella (before it was Independent Bar) or the raver revolution at Firestone (before it was The Club at Firestone), then tonight’s entertainment at Urban ReThink may be up your alley. At...
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