Orlando Fringe expands their winter festival after a successful first year

By : Jeremy Williams
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After a successful inaugural year, the Orlando International Fringe Festival is returning with an even bigger Winter Mini-Fest Jan. 3-7, expanding on the number of venues they had in 2017.

“Instead of three venues we have four total and instead of four days we are going five. So it’s a little bit bigger than it was last year to keep up with the audience that was there, and we hope they will come out even more this year,” says Michael Marinaccio, the Orlando International Fringe Festival Producer.

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“ThanksKilling: The Musical,” “Wanzie with a Z” win in first ever Watermark Splash Awards

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Watermark handed out the first ever Splash Awards during Orlando Fringe’s 2017 Closing Ceremonies and Awards at Loch Haven Park May 29.

The Watermark Splash Awards, or “The Splashies” as some were calling them on the Fringe lawn, allowed our readers to vote on their favorite LGBTQ and LGBTQ-themed shows from this year’s amazing selection.

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Watermark on the Fringe: Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth

By : Danny Garcia
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In the cool pews of St. Mathew’s Tavern, we escaped the Florida heat and humidity at this BYOV and sat impatiently waiting for Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth.

A masterfully woven blanket of various original stories as cacophonously told by a verbal ringmaster dressed as a clown like from an era of the New York club kids scene, think Leigh Bowery.

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Watermark on the Fringe: PeeVira’s SCAREavan Sing-along

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As one of the patrons on my ride said, PeeVira’s SCAREavan Sing-along is “the Fringe-iest show she’s done.”

The show is limited to a group of six or seven passengers who, after signing legal waivers, are handed a microphone and board the back of a windowless white SCAREavan that has a bloody shower curtain inside reading “Free Candy.”

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Watermark on the Fringe: ButchQueen

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You know you’re in store for something loud when you’re offered ear plugs during the pre-show, and that is not a bad thing.

It’s opening night for the washed-up ButchQueen and her band Bad Habits at a grimy bar called The Watering Hole, and they are ready for a wild ride of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.

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Watermark on the Fringe: Psycho Mode

By : Danny Garcia
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Who’d a thunk it? The music of synth band Depeche Mode would so perfectly fit with the story line of Psycho, although sometimes it was more of the music than the lyrics which fit best.

Originally a novel released in 1959, Psycho was made into a hit horror/thriller film in 1960 directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Anthony Perkins with Janet Leigh, which this jukebox musical stage adaptation seems to be mostly based on.

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Watermark on the Fringe: Gay Jeopardy – the Gayest show on Earth

By : Danny Garcia
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“What is funny gay stereotypes played up to the highest level for our viewing pleasure?”

Gay Jeopardy is a parody on the more straight-laced Jeopardy. Hosted by the boozy old queen, Donald Diamonds (Bob Hay) and emceed by his partner Ricky Rhinestones (Stuart Nichols), the show welcomes the colorful trio: the glittered twink with dreams of stardom Xavier (Cody McNeeley), the fashion diva Aunderay (Domino Thomas) and the ultra-conservative Christian puppet show performer Ella May (Stan Madray).

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Watermark on the Fringe: Shirley Gnome – Taking it Up The Notch

By : Rick Claggett
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Shirley Gnome, last year’s Patron’s Pick winner, returns with Taking It Up The Notch, her no holds barred one woman cabaret.

After a fun game of pull the string and see what falls out of her vagina, Gnome breaks out into stories and original songs that press the limits of what’s taboo with her inventive blend of comedy and biting social commentary.

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Watermark on the Fringe: #KanderAndEbb

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#KanderAndEbb stars the accomplished Ryan G. Hinds, Kander and Ebb super-fan, performing a variety of songs from the Broadway duo that inspired him to be a performer. This is a powerful cabaret.

Between his rendition of songs from The Visit, Cabaret, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Chicago, and so on; Hinds regales the audience with tales of befriending the songwriters, as well as legends Liza Minelli and Chita Rivera.

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Watermark on the Fringe: John & Jen

By : Rick Claggett
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John & Jen stars Jon Jimenez and Mikaela Duffy as the title characters in the off-Broadway musical by Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald. The first act chronicles the relationship of two siblings; an introduction of sorts.

The show opens to an obviously strained relationship between the brother and sister, then takes you back to the beginning to walk you through the highs and lows of their collective upbringing. The two form a tight bond until Jen must break her promise to always protect John from their abusive father. It is a funny, heartwarming and emotional look at how two people handle the joys and heartbreaks of family.

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Watermark on the Fringe: Two Men Trapped in Women’s Bodies

By : Danny Garcia
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The Michael Wanzie classic, Two Men Trapped in Women’s Bodies, returns with the hysterical antics of Doug Ba’aser as Judy and Tommy Wooten as Marge. The show opens at the cemetery where the sons of two longtime friends mourn the mysterious passing of their mothers.

They make their way into the diner where the ladies spent a lot of their time and, through the discussing of their mutual maternal memory, Doug and Tommy transform themselves into the pair of liberal, boozing old ladies. Almost like a rougher-edged Orlando version of a Patsy and Edina from Absolutely Fabulous, but minus some of the absolutes and the fabs.

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Watermark on the Fringe: Soap Opera – Sloppy Seconds

By : Benjamin Dupree
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You can always count on Central Florida vocal arts to give you Opera and musical theater mashed together like you’ve never seen them.

Don and Lakme are returning contestants on Divo, a Bachelor-esque reality show. Among the people vying for carnations are a closeted lesbian Viking attempting to “turn off” her thoughts for Lakme, your traditional gold digger, a made man on the run, a secretive man who has it in for Don, and Chamomile T who has a big (not so) secret of her own and is madly (see psychotically) in love with Don.

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