Topic “Reviews”

Why are you still sitting?

If you are reading this, STOP, go see PAINT CHIPS! I wish I had seen this earlier in the week, it was wonderful!

Show: Paint Chips
Venue: Yellow Venue (Goldman Theatre at Orlando Shakespeare Festival)
Times: 5-19 @ 6:15pm, 5-21 @ 6:55pm, 5-22 @ 9:50pm, 5-24 @ 7:40pm, 5-26 @ 6:00pm, 5-27 @ 8:00pm and 5-28 @ 12:15pm
Tickets: $10

The Little Comedy

Show: Romance/Romance: The Little Comedy
Venue: Yellow Venue (Tupperware Theatre at Orlando Repertory Theatre)
Times: 5-20 @ 7:40pm, 5-21 @ 1:25pm, 5-22 @ 6:00pm, 5-24 @ 11:00pm, 5-26 @ 7:40pm, 5-27 @ 1:55pm and 5-28 @ 3:35pm
Tickets: $10

“you will go back to showbiz, or I will kill you.”

So last night we finally got to see our good friend Mark Baratelli and his show, the infamous Improv Caberet.

The big thing to understand about Mark, above all else, is that he's a huge LIAR!!! Don't believe ANYTHING this man says! Ryan and I know!

Show: Improv Caberet
Venue: Blue
Times: 5/20 @ 2:25pm, 5/21 @ 5:00pm, 5/22 @ 8:25pm, 5/24 @ 6:15pm, 5/25 @ 9:45pm, 5/27 @ 3:45pm, 5/28 @ 12:00pm
Price: $7 - $2 discount for Fringe performers
Suggested to: Particularly to lovers of musical theatre.

The Frogs and the Caterpillar

I hung up the phone and sat down on my computer to google "Orlando Fringe". I couldn't help but ask myself what I'd just agreed to attend. Intriguing, yes, but a website with pictures of men in drag and promises of being "100% uncensored" made clear to me that the possibilities were wide open. Its very name--Fringe--at once captured flamboyancy, mystery, and a sense of being on the outskirts of societal norms. Off I drove to meet my friend and see "Serious Theatre".

Show: Serious Theatre
Venue: Green Venue (Tupperware Theatre at Orlando Repertory Theatre)
Times: May 21 - 3:25pm; May 22 - 9:20pm; May 23 - 11:15pm; May 25 - 7:40pm; May 26 - 6:05pm; May 27 - 3:25pm; May 28 - 12:00pm
Tickets: $8
Rating: PG-13, unless you don't mind your child being exposed to mild swearing and sexual suggestion, and are prepared to answer the question, "Daddy, what is a 'vagina' and why is it dancing?"
Recommended for: anyone wanting comedic relief. Very recommended.

“why are you such a BITCH!”

Hence asks a character in the ensemble comedy Misleading Perceptions. Someone would probably ask this of me, as a "critic", of shows that are meant to be "100% unjuried". I suppose my response to this would be that those who are not judged by any academy must be judged by their peers - and that criticism can be far harsher (I should know).

Regardless, I return with a second (and hopefully less drama-inciting) review.

Show: Misleading Perceptions
Venue: Green Venue (Tupperware Theatre at Orlando Repertory Theatre)
Times: 5/20 @ 10:50pm, 5/21 @ 9:40, 5/22 @ 11:00pm, 5/23 @ 7:40, 5/24 @ 9:45, 5/27 @ 9:30
Tickets: $9

The Orange Venue: The One That Has the Most Seats

Show: A Canadian Bartender at Butlin's
Venue: Orange Venue (Margeson Theatre @ Orlando Shakespeare Festival)
Show times: 5-21 @ 6:00pm, 5-22 @ 10:50pm, 5-24 @ 9:10pm, 5-25 @ 6:15pm, 5-26 @ 9:25pm, 5-27 @ 2:40pm and 5-28 @ 4:30pm
Tickets: $10

Show: Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Venue: Orange Venue (Margeson Theatre @ Orlando Shakespeare Festival)
Show times: 5-19 @ 10:30pm, 5-20 @ 10:30pm, 5-21 @ 8:10pm, 5-23 @ 9:40pm, 5-25 @ 10:35pm, 5-27 @ 12:30pm and 5-28 @ 6:40pm
Tickets: $10

Do you get what you pay for?

Show: Life: The Evolution of Man (abridged)
Venue: Green Venue (Tupperware Theatre @ Orlando Repertory Theatre)
Show times: 5-19 @ 10:00pm, 5-20 @ 7:15pm, 5-21 @ 8:00pm, 5-23 @ 6:00pm, 5-25 @ 9:20pm, 5-26 @ 11:20pm and 5-27 @ 1:45pm
Tickets: $10


Show: Wilson Loria's OENS
Venue: Pink Venue (Mandell Theatre @ Shakespeare Festival)
Show times: 5-19 @ 11:10pm, 5-20 @ 2:35pm, 5-21 @ 3:55pm, 5-22 @ 10:40pm, 5-26 @ 6:00pm, 5-27 @ 12:55pm and 5-28 @ 7:10pm
Tickets: $9

“You might want to ask a few questions about that modern art…”

After my first night Fringing (I love the noun to verb transition), I came away with a few impressions of the Festival thus far. This being only my second one, you might consider me unqualified. Untrue - see below!

Show: Fat Camp
Venue: Brown Venue (Orlando Philharmonic @ Shakespeare Festival)
Show times: 5-19 @ 8:40pm, 5-20 @ 11:20pm, 5-21 @ 9:25pm, 5-23 @ 6:45pm, 5-24 @ 10:35pm, 5-27 @ 11:20pm and 5-28 @ 5:00pm
Tickets: $10

Visual Fringe

On a break from the booth, I took some time to check out Visual Fringe. The VF artwork is on display throughout the OSF lobby, the Patrons' Room, and the Edyth Bush lobby at the Rep. Much of the artwork would intimidate my robots, so it's best that we're outdoors with the riff-raff.

My favorites of the bunch were "Breaking Free" by Janine L.

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