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Orlando Puppet Festival Schedule

This weekend, for the third year in a row now, I will say to my fellow Fringe Fanatics "You MUST check out the Orlando Puppet Festival". This event is not for kids (there are some family-friendly shows), but intends to expose Orlando to high-art, cutting-edge expressive puppetry. I've seen dozens of different types of acts, some including human actors, others with minimalist puppets, and even puppets singing cabaret.

Headlining this year's festival are Pennsylvania's Cashore Marionettes with "Life in Motion” and “Simple Gifts”, and Vermont's Sandglass Theatre with “Autumn Portraits” and “Isidor’s Cheek”. If you didn't know this, New England has a thriving puppetry community, including a school in Connecticut with great puppetry programs. We have some of our own here in the South, most notably Atlanta, which is home to the Center for Puppetry Arts.

Another highlight of the festival is Friday night's "late night" show, "Puppets from the Edge", NOT to be missed. This is a bit of an open-mic night for puppets, with everyone from local artists to far-off visitors showing off shorter and more experimental pieces. I have some great video of last year's event if I can ever get some time to edit it down.

Orlando Puppet FestivalA similar type of show is the screening of "Handmade Puppet Dreams" a shorts program of puppet films collected by Heather Henson, which has toured all over the world, from India to California and everywhere in between. Don't miss the current show at the Gallery of Avalon Island (DMAC), which features puppets from the HMPD films.

Just two more events to plug: check out a live outdoor performance of Heather's original piece, "Panther and Crane", inspired by her life in Florida, 8PM Sunday at Hertiage Park in front of the History Center. This play also features our sweethearts Voci Dance. Finally, there will be an OPF wrap party at the Harp and Celt, the downtown bar and restaurant just two doors down from the Mad Cow.

Props to Jamie Donmoyer and Heather for making this great festival even better this year. Multiple venues, family-friendly events (check out the Cupcake Shows), outdoors, films, parties, and of course, some of the most amazing puppetry you will ever see in this town. Order your tickets in advance and get more information by visiting, and I hope to see you all there!

October 26, 27, 28 @ Mad Cow Theatre and 3 other venues closeby.

Cabaret Party Returns

Luerne and Accompanist
Cabaret Party is returning to Orlando, and I'm so very happy about it!

Cabaret Party
September, 27 2007 at Mobile Mud coffeehouse
8139 Vineland Avenue, Orlando, Florida
Cost: $12 / $10 industry

Best of the Fest @ Theatre Downtown

Lotsa lotsa things going on lately - changes going on at the / Blogging Fringe / OrlandoScene.TV / Florida Creatives offices (my desk). Still, I can't NOT announce this.

Theatre downtown is giving some of the best Fringe shows a chance to do an encore - not all of them, not all the patron's picks, just whoever they asked or whoever agreed to do it - plenty of shows have other performances, like VarieTEASE at Parliament House. Anyway, lots of our Fringe favorites will be playing in early August, just a scant block away from Loch Haven Park.

Here's the schedule:

Friday Aug.

Hate Mail: Jester Theatre Company

As I write this, Muapin is out of town... ha ha! the whole town to myself!!!

I must say that I've never had a face-to-face conversation with anyone involved with Hate Mail... What does this mean? Well, I think it means an un-biased attitude. OK, I have had a little interaction with the Technical Director, but I'm not sure that counts for a review.

I think the 'gimmick' and also one of the least important parts about this play is that every single line that is spoken is in fact part of a letter or a note... I didn't know this going in, and it didn't affect my perception one bit.

Sometimes, it’s not over!

My friend Jason from Notco tells me that VarieTEASE is hitting the road! Good luck!! If you missed them @ the Fringe you missed a GREAT show!!! So don't pass up the opportunities below!

And so far they're doing a performance of past, present and future Varitease

and then 2 shows for Gaydays!
repost from Notco's bulliten...

OK, so now what?

Hot on the heels of posting about Emily's record review, let me point you to P-Sha Productions on YouTube (which I'm sure is temporary until they get a real web site) for one. P-Sha is Denna and her friend Joey's creative venture. You've seen their work in the "Little Mark" videos and Fringe Crush of course.

Hi, We’re Blogging Fringe, and We Know Our Sh*t

It seems the last time we wrote a sparkling review of a then somewhat lesser known artist at Fringe, he won Patron’s Pick. (And he used our quote on his promotional materials, which drove our stock up!) I took a certain sense of pride in knowing that we had picked ourselves a winner. For me, I think when the critical voice meets the things that move people, you have truly great art.

VoiceMail Reviews: Murder on West 18th

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Paige leaves some comments for Murder on West 18th in th Red Venue.

VoiceMail Reviews: Radio Rickshaw/Matador

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Length: 3:35

John and company, repping, review Matador and several other Fringe productions.

VoiceMail Reviews: SPORT: REMATCH

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Ryan leaves a review for the hilarious and highly anticipated SPORT: REMATCH in th Silver Venue.

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