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Orlando Fringe Winter Mini-Fest 2020

Orlando Fringe Winter Mini-Fest 2020

Day 2 through 4

Orlando, FL

Orlando Shakespeare Center

Fire in the Meth Lab

Jon Bennet runs two shows in this Mini-Fringe: the surreal “Rabbit Night” (reviews in my last post), and this searing look into his fractured relationship with his Older Brother. Older Brother was a bit of a bully, making Jon uncomfortable and often in pain. As they grew up, his brother and he went separate ways: Jon in to entertainment and his brother into drugs and ultimately jail. This is all told against the back drop of the recent Australian fires, which burned out his family home. There’s a man with a lot of anger on this stage and the urge to present it to the world. It’s a story worth seeing.

Winnie’s Rock Cauldron Cabaret

I missed this pop music and dance extravaganza led by Jennica McCleary at the spring Fringe Fest, so I’m glad I caught it tonight. Winnie and her two assistant witches give us a high energy hour of 90’s Pop Tunes, Broadway Show Stoppers and Furious choreography. Like all good Fringe shows the re a bit of tragedy under al the glitz and glamor, but you can’t stop singing along long enough to get sad. Even the few songs I didn’t like were great, she might change my mind on a few singers.

St. Kilda By Jody Christopherson

St. Kilda is an archipelago off Scotland so harsh and desolate the mere 100 or so people who once lived there couldn’t even fish for food, they had to survive on sheep and goats and sheer determination. Tonight a young woman buries her mother and heads off to Scotland from mid-America, and quickly hooks up with a suspicious man with a boat. He agrees to take her to the island, and this unadvisable move propels a creepy ghost story and a review of the islands checkered past. Ms. Christopherson build the mysteries in this barely stage with loops of sound and a distinctive style. Like all good horror, you know not to open the door, but you do, and someone pays the price. Well-constructed and well worth the hour.

Meat Ball Séance

The jock strap and pinafore wasn’t as disturbing as Jon Michael’s tendency to get into your face and emote, no matter where you sat. Mr. Michael brings us together as we attempt to summoned ghost of his mother. No crystal balls or black candles, we’re down with real Ghost Buster’s stuff: Italian cooking. Audience semi-volunteers come on stage and chop, dice and sauté. I’m not a big crystal rubber, but hey, it’s entertaining and those meatball’s sure did smell good, and watching Mr. Michael bounces off the walls and dives into the audience. Food flies as he violates one of the big rules of theater: “No food on stage.” “Meat Ball Séance” is personal in an utterly unsettling way, but huge fun. Mom seemed nice enough as a ghost, but she kept pretty quiet and let her son take all the spotlights. And no matter where you sit, you might end up on stage Mr. Michael is willing to crawl to the last row if he needs a volunteer.

Six Chick Flicks

What do “Titanic,” “Beaches” and “The Note” book have in common? Most men would abandon sex before popping these Chick Flick classics in a VCR. But this fast and silly two woman show buzzes us though the absurdities and bad plot points of the movies they love despite their male-centric flaws. As we know Guy Flicks can’t solve any problem without a punch and a car chase. Women HATE car chases. Or so I Hear.

We begin with “Titanic” and its abused cross-class romance and its plethora of door suitable for floating on after a ship wreck. Then it’s on to showing how easy Law School can be if your well dress in “Legally Blonde.” “Dirty Dancing,” “Beaches,” and “The Notebook” rounded out this hexalogy. I admitted never having seen “The Notebook” to a female acquaintance and took a good bot of heat for my guyish ignorance. But we all love parodies, and the faster and sillier the better. That’s what these are: high speed, high concept jokes and a Cliff’s Notes for the romance movie avoider in your life.

How to Really, Really? REALLY! Love a Woman

While there’s nothing physically explicit on stage, there is a lot of sex therapy. Writer, producer, director and lover-in-chief Eleanor O’Brien, queen of this instructional performance does give the straight laced a chance to exit before the show goes all Yoni on us. One couple waited until 10 minutes in before bailing, but the rest of us held tight as we learned a bit more anatomy than they’d allow at Kids Fringe. Our narrator recovers from a failed marriage with guy who basically doesn’t know what he’s doing in bed. Then it’s a journey of self-discovery for Ms. O’Brian, and she takes us to a big, juicy ending. O’Brian has sex look easy as she makes a tough topic into a seamless self-examination of just how we physically make it through a relation. I enjoyed it, but your mileage may differ. Either way, if you stick to the end you WILL learn a lot about female anatomy, and that can be useful in so many ways.

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Orlando Fringe Winter Mini-Fest 2020

Orlando Fringe Winter Mini-Fest 2020

Orlando FL

Welcome back to the “4th Winter Fringe Mini Fest.” I’m pretty sure that the official title, but if not just head for the giant traffic jam on the corner of Orange Avenue and Princeton. This smaller Fringe Festival is curated, which means the shows are all selected by the producer, and your chances of bumping into a train wreck of a performance is very limited. All shows are at the Orlando Shakespeare Center so while parking is tough, once you get a spot you can camp out. You will be competing against a regular Shakes show I’ll be covering shortly.

Amenities are limited but compact, there’s a beer area that also pours some stiff drinks, and a food vendor that tonight features “Beyond Meat Burgers.” Parking isn’t as crazy, and the opening night audience is a large sector of the usual characters: The Teenage Ninja Backpack Woman, the remnants of DEM Guys (Dave and Ed), and the dedicated Fringe staff led by a very relaxed looking Show Producer Michael Marinaccio.

I did get to see a few shows.

“The Lightweight” (Lil Theater Company) takes us on the nerdy girl’s journey. Obsessed with fantasy fiction and trapped inside of a 300 baud internet dial up world, Lindsey finds herself in a creative writing class, only to be worked over by the instructor. Alcohol enters the mix and a crappy job selling “Dollar-itas” at Benigans pushes her into the gutter, but what ultimately saves her is boxing. Her story is fast furious and cute as a bantamweight puppy. I laughed repeatedly, and ironically.

“Leviticus” (Ciara Hannon) became a local hit at last the 2019 Festival. It’s a Holy Roller coming out story, complicated by the ultra-Christian backdrop of Levy’s (Hailey Partridge). At first, the church seems open to her nontraditional arrangement with Elsie (Gabi Gusseppi), but when Levy is up for a promotion to Assistant Youth Leader, the church’s true colors come out: Levy is good enough to set up folding tables, but unable to sit at them and eat the cookies. Her semiofficial partner Elsie doesn’t take her anguish well, and we end with a rather ambiguous ending. Levy is bright and peppy while Elsie’s more mature and more realistic, and there’s a couch that gets hauled on and off stage like any good theater couch should. There’s drama and emotion, if expounded in a rather brutal realism.

Becoming Magic Mike – An Action Adventure Comedy Long time Fringe circuit alum DK Reinemer returns with a one man “Cops and Robbers” parody long on laughs and high on exotic dancing. I lost count of how many pairs of pants he wore, but most of the audience can tell you to the jock strap how many. Magic Mike is a semi competent detective, working the strip club beat over in Tampa. Tampa always did have the best clubs even if there were in the worst part of Cigar City. The trick her is to sit in the back, unless you really want to end up on stage. Along with the undergarments and over acting, this is where Hawaii Five-Oh would be like today if it were set in Florida and Steve McGarrett liked boys. Mike beats himself silly with cross examination and police jargon, and I suspect this may be closer to the truth than what they taught you in grade school civics. Leave your weapons and the door and don’t forget to ask for extra illicit drugs. Its wild ride down the Bumby Avenue than Dale Mabry.

IT’S RABBIT NIGHT!!! By Jon Bennet I think I’ve seen about a thousand fringe shows so far in my literary career, and I can say with some authority this is the fringiest show I’ve ever attended. Mr. Bennet passes through town from time to time, but tonight he’s leading us into “Rabbit Night”, and event packed with cute bunnies and bad planning. Few men look good in a bunny suit, and Mr. Benet and his five o’clock shadow evoke more sinister look. We, the paying (sort of) audience, did NOT get the Bunny Suit Memo. His offer of free carrots to all is quickly rescinded, and a touching if possibly apocryphal tale of how he ended up on the Blue Venue stage at midnight on a week day, attempting to lead us in rabbit themed entertainment. This Fringy beyond Fringy, with a clever interweaving of pathos, love and desperation. The audience plays along perfectly to the point I’m not sure if my friends here are in on the joke, or just pawns the cosmic game of life. Even Mongo is uncertain. Be warned, if you’re not wearing your ear, you may be an outcast. And if you do wear your furs, you may be onstage. It’s a risk we all take.

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Vacuous

Vacuous

Fringe of the Fringe Festival

He’s a writer. He has a paying gig. But Willard (Gennell) blocked, and even worse, his key board mocks him. I sympathize – long periods of no good ideas, punctuated by bursts of surreal stream on conscience blather. The page fills, but no one would want to read it. I feel his pain. Oh, yeah, his boss and creator (Kolasa) nags his writer’s block. Oh, the audacity! Demanding text for pay. What has this world come to? But boss isn’t all bad , he provides nude models, as if THAT will get the text flowing. Mocked above by a display screen, mocked form the left by authority, and mocked from the floor below, Willard’s life line is a well mouthed but never lit cigarette. He struggles; nothingness. But it’s a clever nothingness, with lots of agony and little ecstasy and few ironic laughs. Somehow I missed this show at the last Orlando Fringe, but it’s certainly a show one would expect in that frothy miasma of weird concept.

Seminole State College lost the use of its theater recently (something about a sink hole eating the scene shop) and they’ve been crammed into a large, sterile lecture hall with good sight lines and no back stage. The concept flees high, the execution done as well as the space allows, and I found the well-dressed nudist added their own special charms. It good to see these Fringe shows take on some extended life, so may rise and fall like the mayflies of theater. The blocked writer is a constant trope in entertainment, and here Willards work product may not be earth shattering, but his boss seemed happy. So should you.

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Orlando Fringe Festival 2018 – Day 5

Orlando Fringe Festival 2018 – Day 5

Orlando, Florida

There’s confusion, and then there’s Fringe confusion. We have a dark stage occupied by a man and a woman and a few miscellaneous props. There may be a plot, but I’d be stressed to summarize it. Coolest element: Juggling a piece of plywood. Confounding elements include squeaky voiced actors, oddly wadded paper, and animated clothing. Very fringy in a Fringe-like manner that will appeal to a certain segment of the Fringe audience.

A one-man cop drama filed with stripping, dancing and high energy acrobatics propels this physical comedy. Magic mike is deservedly kicked off the force but goes forth seeking revenge. He gets it in spades, along with about $17 in singles stuffed in his undies. Part cop show, part strip routine, mostly fun.

Catch this one late at night, and drink heavily. In this hard to fathom game show, musicians play themed pop songs for audience applause, but there’s a complicated system of who gets points for what, and how they get killed. A smarmy host guide us along, and the music tends toward hard rock bar levels. I suspect a good reality program lurks here, but this one is played for heartlessness and murder.

Here’s the game for the Fringe regulars. Based on hundreds of interviews over the past year, Jay Hopkins asked theater goers probing questions like “What is hot that starts with the letter ‘S’?” and “Name a letter in ‘Orlando’.” Then a motley collection of actors from this year’s festival and a few audience volunteers play Family Feud against these crack teams for big prizes and there 300 seconds of fame. Hint: there is no “S” in “Orlando”. Not everyone knows that, it seems.

We seem to get a Vincent Van Gogh show every few years, but this one shines. Six audience members are put on stage, given art supplies, and set to work rendering each other as Van Gogh tells his story of empathy, poverty and misery. It’s tragic tale, and one most of us know, but here it breather life and love and elevates us in our art appreciation skills. And one lucky audience member got a free portrait.

Not only does this show offer the best costume in the fringe, but it tackles some deep issues in interpersonal relations. Where, exactly does the line of infidelity lie? Is it physical action, or just imagining someone other than your betrothed? We all face this dilemma, and here the audience is forced to confront and discuss it, often while sitting next to their spouse or date. It may look like a comedy from outside but inside it’s a tough yet challenging evening.

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Orlando Fringe Festival 2018 – Day 4

Orlando Fringe Festival 2018 – Day 4

Orlando, Florida

I hate to admit I’m not sure what went down here, but I don’t want to seem uncool. So…we are in the dark. James arrives, all in grey and a lampshade on his head. Jamesy follows, and as finger puppets they explore the space, sometimes in the dark, sometimes lit by their lampshades. By the end of the show, they are crawling up the audience’s seats, debating “what comes next?” and chatting amiably about their next step. And…the lights come up. Surrealism, but framed by a liberating palette of gray. Weirdly cool.

It’s almost like watching and old silent movie, but without the risk of nitrate film burning. An unnamed woman with magical eye rolling skills wakes up and begins her day, clowning with tableware and an over coat. Her guy walks through a hurricane wind, then gives us one the best ring juggling shows I’ve seen. Artfully staged and beautifully engaging, this is a must see “kids of all ages” production,

There’s bad timing, and then there’s moving to Berlin the day the Nazi’s declare war on Poland. Young Elanor’s German American father thinks powerful leaders are good, and he moves his family from rural New Jersey to the Fatherland. As the war progresses, the conditions deteriorate from harassment to rationing to phosphorus bombs falling every night to a full on Russian invasion. Horrific and fascinating, this is a first-person report from hell.

This gay-friendly county music concert mixes Elvis Presley, stories of growing up and coming out in Montgomery Alabama and finding disappointment in the theme park industry. The music is classic and stories timeless.

It takes a village to raise a child, but sometimes the only villager is mom. Megan takes a writing gig in NYC while hubby stays back to run the ranch. Their child in in the Terrible Twos, causing no end of embarrassment from crying on a cheap flight from Chicago to NYC, using poop as an artistic medium, and forcing mom to learn one handed typing. It’s a homey story, filled with humor and sympathy.

Jules Verne’s “Island of Doctor Moreau” remains one of his best stories. Our narrator washes up on shore to discover the doctor’s vivisection experiments in this remote atoll. The story becomes a shadow puppet show, mixed with live action, and offers a fresh take on this chestnut. The beer tent people outside were concerned about all the yelling, but don’t worry, most of the audience will emerge unharmed.

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Orlando Fringe Festival 2018 – Day 3

Orlando Fringe Festival 2018 – Day 3

Orlando, Florida

This IS the raunchy show you’ve been looking for, assuming you look for sexy at this festival. The narration splits into two domains: an actor’s lips projected on the belly of a nude actress creates a weird flesh puppet (very funny), and multiple transparencies projected on a screen follows a woman and two tooth brushes down the sewer. This is the main story, the tooth brushes meet, fall in love, raise a family, and so on. This is the amazing puppetry section of the show. Odd but touching, this drew roars of laughter and applause. Not for the kiddies.

Like most modern productions of the Bard’s work, this show relies more on clever staging than clever dialog. The Ghostbusters team perfected a method of capturing spirits and containing them. They moved into an old fire house, get called into a hotel and there they get the ghost, at the cost of the upper two floors of the hotel. The laughs come from ninja stage hands zooming through set changes, from the silly props that work most of the time, and the occasionally audible narration from Sir Charles Dent that bring the laughs. Hight point of the show: The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man get marshmallows stuck to the ceiling. What ticket are you buying? Ghostbusters!

There’s always time for a good ghost story even if the story teller breaks that pesky fourth wall from time to time. Mr. Duthie mixes sampled audio and loops with the tale of man who makes a bet with the devil, or at least one of his local press agent. So it’s down to a dream of a house on a river. Here’s where the ghosts hang out on weekends, and at night they torment him. Waters rise, and he’s rescued by a neighbor who may just be a different demon. It’s not the story but the telling you’ll love. Lights are low, but that’s ok for a fine tale in a rather dark room.

Here’s some rather sketchy sketch comedy with a peck of funny people here but not too many gags that worked. By far the best number depicted Shamu’s dismissal from Sea World; this had a tight set up and great punch out line. Then there was a woman on piano, she sounded good. Pushing the boundaries were “Guilting” with two guys setting up an ex-girlfriend and some neighbors with weird guilt trips. A movie parody and a SNL style cold open gag about the Trumphouse felt limpid; there’s really not much more “funny”left in this adminstration. I say “pass.”

Best costumes of the fringe, hands down. These two gals dress up like ball park franks and even have auxiliary mustard. They are in some sort of satanic contest competition for onions as prizes, but it keeps getting stick in a time loop forcing them to repeat things over and over. They finally brake the loop and then we blow up balloons for them. Kid friendly, so long as the kids aren’t old enough to demand mommy explain what just happened on stage.

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Orlando Fringe Festival 2018 – Day 2

Orlando Fringe Festival 2018 – Day 2

Orlando, Florida

Playing second trombone, even at The Metropolitan Opera can make for a lonely life. Elias Faingersh spins a great story about success and failure in New York’s classic music jungle. He learned the instrument as a child, made it to the Met orchestra and found he was bored and did NOT enjoy counting out 100 or more measures between notes. Now he’s somewhere between jazz and EDM and puts up a virtuoso concert of loops, beats and musical fireworks. Along the way he explains opera, explores landlord-tenant relation in NYC, and looks much happier on this circuit than in his old job.

Poor Eddie Poe has a little cash and a lot of pedigree, and after he proposes marriage he’s off to the University of Virginia. Nothing cements a marriage like a two-year separation and his plans for rectitude and study quickly fall into drinking, carousing and gambling. While he’s good at the first two, he’s weak on cheating at cards and you can guess the rest. This two-person team paints a minimalist world that Poe inhabits with lights and a few sticks of furniture. The Cold Hearts do an excellent job of fleshing out his life, his interior monolog and poor coping skills. And the minimal tech gives maximum effect for this descent into poverty and madness.

The first living creature to orbit the earth was the Russian dog named Laika. In 1957 she went up for a few record setting orbits, then reentered to end in a streak of space dust. We meet her on this stage as she regales us with stories of poverty, living on the streets, and her eventual kidnapping into the Russian space program. This dog is connoisseur of garbage and poop, she even offers recipes. While the whole concept is bit fantastic, the story is enjoyable, and you almost want to scratch actor Costella behind the ears. Her description of the Russian scientists is a hoot and lovable to boot. She even says a few nice things to say about her Russian handler, and while not really a kid’s show, “Muttnik” offers youthful charm tinged with a slight Russian accent.

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Orlando Fringe Festival 2018 – Day 1

Orlando Fringe Festival 2018 – Day 1

Orlando, Florida

I get the idea Mr. Harris was improvising his way through this script, and it took a while to light up. But once he was rolling, this was a hysterical flying nightmare story. Harris leaves his home in Montreal heading for Rio and then to Bali but there’s a catch: he must make a connection from LaGuardia to JFK. Frequent flyers know: NEVER try to make a LaGuardia to JFK connection, it’s a disaster that needs no recipe. Customs hell, surly stewardesses, and the sheer insanity of NYC aviation build this to a laugh riot. Got a frequent flyer account? Upgrade to this evening of “There I was….”

This late comer to the festival is the latest project of Shakespearean expert Tim “Moliere” Mooney. Tonight he’s the last man alive in a world dying from heat, sealed in a bunker filled with water filters and canned beans, but no ammunition. His hobby? Broadcasting rants about the death of earth to distant and unresponsive pockets of life. Some may be in Europe, some might be on Alpha Centauri, those might take a while to get back to him. Thought-provoking and timely; remember the toasty Orlando summer is just around the corner.

Forth Wall mixes precise classical music with Three Stooges- style physical humor and a flair for showmanship. A toy soldier winds up a dancing doll and the next thing the troupe is blowing up balloons with a trombone, chasing a vibraphone, and demonstrating their proficiency with the “boom-whacker.” Its sweet and funny, silly and stupendous, and the sort of event that’s gets the tag line: “Good for kids of all ages”

“Toto, I don’t think we’re in San Juan anymore!” In this fun musical local writer/producer Paul Castaneda remaps “The Wizard of Oz” to the meteorological disaster we call Puerto Rico. The lyrics are both English and Spanish; Castaneda tells the story in both languages elegantly and smoothly. The Ruby Slippers are to die for, and the singing enthusiastic. I especially liked the Tinman’s Song and the Scarecrow’s nervous tick. This is multiculturalism at its best.

Bikini Katie’s on-site advertising is a Fringe tradition for over a 50th of a century, and tonight she reveals the backstory of how it came to be, body issues, non-supportive relatives and more than a few bad lovers gives depth to her story, and she writes her subtext on her body, but it is in a washable ink. It’s a one woman show that empowers and entertains, and you can get some recommendations on what shows to see as well.

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Orlando Fringe Festival 2018 – Prevue Day 3

Orlando Fringe Festival 2018 – Prevue Day 3

Orlando, Florida

There’s a lot of singing in this almost 1-person play; a young man grows up a little odd, comes out in his teens, and ends up miserable. The enthusiasm on stage is high but the song stylings seem more like a composer’s sing-through than a finished number. But there’s a happy ending, and feather boas.

Two guys are the only auditioners for a cheesy theme park show about Lewis and Clark. They get the job, become close friends, and when one of them falls into a personal abyss, the other pulls him back to reality. Fun, funny, and spirited, there’s comedy gold in the mercury-laced story of America’s two greatest explorers.

Paul Strickland keeps to his surreal roots with this existential ghost story. Back in the 50’s a dead man is found in a ditch in small town Ohio. He’s put on display but now no one wants to talk about it. People start having weird dreams, and everyone has the SAME dreams. Flashlights and scrims add atmosphere, and Strickland admits at the end “We have no idea how to market this show.” Go see it, it’s the “fringiest” thing at the festival

It’s a Philippine – American success story: Born of immigrant parents, Guillermo gets into Harvard and becomes an announcer for NPR. Along the way he discusses discrimination, the American Dream, and how exactly to pronounce his last name. It’s a one man show with a really annoying gong and a satisfying conclusions.

Star Trek and alcoholism bookend this woman’s experience. She began with an abusive film – obsessed husband, fell into drink, and then met the man of her dreams at a Star Trek convention. They’ve binge watch every Trek video out there including the Animated series which sounds like a sort of problem by itself. But now there’s a meaning and focus of her life, and she’s brought her tale of recovery to us in this star sparkled venue.

Rob Gee spent a while working in a mental ward, and now he turns that material into comedy gold. Tonight, we meet a guy who tries arguing his way out of the mental ward only to did in deeper. But an opportunity arises, and he grabs it leading us on a wild chase through London as aims to escape to Egypt. Along the way he rescues a lost girl, makes a cabby happy, and impersonates a police officer. Don’t try this at home, you’re not crazy enough to pull it off. But Rob Gee rocks it with this performance.

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Orlando Fringe Festival 2018 – Prevue Day 2

Orlando Fringe Festival 2018 – Prevue Day 2

Orlando, Florida

A bit of surrealism floats into the fringe with this extremely nonlinear story of a man and the dissolution of his life. Hawal sell bibles but practices atheism. Call it Karma, but his boss fires him but not before he damages a small whale trinket. Now the whale haunts him, and his friends become increasing disconnected – once they leave the room, no one remembers them. Funny, thought provoking and circular, this is a good show to debate in the beer tent. I hope they open it soon,

Poop stories are the best stories, and this one woman show has some good ones. The stories are really those of her mother, a woman of literary bent who wrote prolifically if not for publication. Her two daughters collected and curated these papers; one writes and one a performs. Children playing in tar, children getting poop on the ceiling, and children collecting a half gallon of cockroaches brighten the narrative. The stories are heartwarming, true to life and fascinating. Here’s a great show; but get here early as only front row seats allow a view of the actor.

Jack Kerouac hangs out back stage waiting for an interview by William Buckley. Kerouac discovers that white wine pairs nicely with his Benzedrine, and in a hallucinatory hour he reminisces, complains, explains and reads his poetry. A lifelong republican and “Good Catholic”, he represents the beginnings of the hippie movement that he hated with a passion, yet they all looked up to him as a God. Deity can be a bitch, and Kerouac explains why although I doubt I could explain it to you. I just don’t have the quality of drugs he had.

Michael Wanzie continues to work on his obsessive-compulsive love affair with Disney. He’s reworked “Monorail” over the years and this one has some of the slickest music and lyrics of the series. The premise involves a stalled monorail at Disney, complete with a mad bomber, a drag tour guide, and all the regular misfits of the theme park universe. In some ways it’s “A Chorus Line” with personal back stories filling most of the action. But the highlight comes near the middle when Wanzie himself comes out to lead “The Ecclesiastical Tap.” He’s light on his feet and a decent tapper, and he looks very sporting in his miter and robes. It’s a big show by a big man in a big space, and it looks like its on its way to being a big hit.

Surrealism seems the flavor of this festival, and that takes us to long time Fringe Alum David Lee and this one-man flight of fancy. He’s some interstellar traveler with an American accent and a British working class look. We learn a few odd facts about his home world, his journey through the customs line, and tales of a few home world customs that differ from our earthy rituals. Plus, you meet his lunch box, and how many times have you seen a lunch box on the deck of the enterprise?
-bm S#IT: An Unauthorized Parody of Stephen King’s It – Orange Venue

It’s so rare to get a lecture on “Fair Use” here at The Fringe, but this show takes aim at all the lawyers in the house as it parodies a famous author.. S#IT is one of the better parody shows, and while the writing is OK it’s the cast attacking the materiel like “Penny…'” excuse me, “Pound Foolish” the Evil Clown attacks the doomed teens. Great song parodies, great physical humor and a dirty streak that should keep your pastor and the morality police at bay. And don’t sit in the front row. Just…don’t.

Men are jerks here, and the women can’t project. The titular characters might be known more nicely as “Dude!” or “Hey, Douche Bag”, but here they get an asterisk inducing name. Four single women hang out at a karaoke bar and deal with the jerks in their life. One falls for the bartender, one fights alcoholism, one goes full 1967 hippie goddess, and one struggles with sperm gone awry. It’s a cute enough show and I like the characters, but the dialog spills out to fast to decode and all four really need to mike up before this becomes a great show.

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