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Dead Body Friendship

Dead Body Friendship

Written and directed by Gabby Brown

Breakthrough Theatre, Winter Park FL</strong>

You know the old saw about real friends helping you move bodies, that’s the crisis facing nerdy Ben (Tim Walczak) when his party girl date Angelica (Kimberly Bonny) pops too many pills and drifts off into that great skank palace in the sky. Before this, things were going well, for a comic collector like Ben any female attention is a big deal and one with a kink for peanut butter – well, praise the Lord and pass the chunky! Ben’s sex maniac buddy Franklin (Brandon Lopez) suggest cutting the body into teeny tiny pieces, his platonic yet attractive friend Farrah (Madison Graham) votes for the trash chute, and the debate was on. Whatever method they choose, it must be quick and quiet lest chain smoking landlady Ms Englund (Stefanie Lebiwitz) call the cops and evicts them all.

While the plot has a few holes here and there, the story rolls a long and kept the audience in stitches. Even though she spends the second act dead, Ms. Bonny has the toughest roll – she’s groped, fondled and abused but seemed happy enough in the post show reception. I liked Ms. Graham’s puppy love looks and attraction to the nerdy guy; she seemed most mature and realizes that nerdy guys can get high paying jobs in information technology. The icky side of romance came from the Fonzy-influenced Franklin; he was horny enough to take on the chain smoking landlady Ms Englund. Franklin might not be the brightest cell phone in the crowd, but he’s the guy you’d want with you if you were looking to start a bar fight. This flighty comedy is the freshman work of ms Gabby Brown, she bragged she “writes like a guy” and I admit, there were a few lines in the show I could hear myself say.

This show was presented as part of the 2012 Orlando International Fringe Festival.

For more information on Breakthrough Theatre, please visit http://www.breakthroughtheatre.com</em>


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