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Peg O’Keefe Fixes The World

Peg O’Keefe Fixes The World

Written by Steve Schneider

Directed by John DiDonna

Starring Peg O’Keefe

Empty Space Theatre Company

Brown Venue, 2010 Orlando International Fringe Festival</strong>

John Paul Sartre posited that eternity might be equivalent to riding the airport shuttle between the main terminal and airside at Orlando International Airport. This was an amazing prediction, considering he made it when Florida aviation consisted of crop dusters and a bombing range. But that’s where Peg O’Keefe (O’Keefe) finds herself with no idea of where she came from or where she’s going. A divine Voice From Above selects O’Keefe to be a time traveling ambassador of happiness, although she is given neither mouse ears nor ecstasy to help her. She breaks up Cain and Abel’s (Tommy Keesling) first fight over video game rights, tells Romeo that Juliette is Emo and a cutter and he should move on, and straightened out that unpleasantness between Lincoln and Booth. Her cell phone coverage is amazing, but after a while she realizes than any trouble she patched up is no more helpful than stomping on a single cockroach – it feels good now, but in the long run happiness is futile.

O’Keefe does a wonderful job of playing herself; it’s as if the role was written for her. Supporting cast is nearly as good – Mark Edward Smith as Friar Lawrence, Trennel Mooring as the all round mouthy chick, and I’m pretty sure that was Samantha O’Hare under that massive beard that indicated Lincoln. The premise wears a bit thin after the first two interventions, but this script from occasional Orlando Weekly reporter Steve Schneider blossom under the direction of John DiDonna and an all-star cast.

This event is part of the 2010 Orlando International Fringe Festival. For schedule and ticket information, please visit http://OrlandoFringe.org


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