Watermark on the Fringe: “Pianos to the Death Game Show”

By : Danny Garcia
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A flamboyant game show host named Morgan (who resembles Powerline from “A Goofy Movie”) and his two minions, Joy and Harmony, lead you through “Pianos to the Death Game Show,” a literal battle to the death game show featuring three contestants. The music is chosen by  audience members as they spin the digital wheel on a handheld tablet to choose the song categories where the contestants must sing for their life.

The show, calling to mind fight-for-your-life films like “The Running Man” and “The Hunger Games,” is a blend of a dystopian future world and a dueling piano bar.

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Watermark on the Fringe: “Gorgeous”

By : Danny Garcia
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Very loosely inspired on the 1999 film “Drop Dead Gorgeous” (and with hints of “Mean Girls”), “Gorgeous” — written and directed by Donald Rupe — features a large cast that delivers great songs, written by Rupe and Cesar de la Rosa, and great dancing, choreographed by Eric Yow.

“Gorgeous” takes place in the small town of St. Crowd, Florida during Miss Golden Boot — the big opening number introduces all the girls from the surefire wins to the “misfits” who provide lots of comedy relief through the show.

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Watermark’s 5 Questions for a Fringe Regular

By : Watermark Staff
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Orlando Fringe is in full swing and from what we have seen so far this is one of the best year of shows we have ever seen.

But any Fringe veteran will tell you that the shows are only part of the experience. You have the food, the drinks, the parties and of course chilling on the Fringe lawn and making some new friends.

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Watermark on the Fringe: “Keep It Gay”

By : Jeremy Williams
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For those trying to find the most LGBTQ show at Orlando Fringe this year look no further because we found it. “Keep It Gay” does just as its title promises, from start to finish they have the gay dialed up to 11 and we couldn’t be more happy.

The show begins with Billy Mick and Gonzalo Mendaz asking the show’s director, Wade Hair, to take on their latest Fringe endeavor. At first Hair doesn’t seem interested in their small, dramatic Fringe show but changes his tune at the possibility on becoming a — <gasp> — Patron’s Pick winner! But doing a drama? Never! If you want Wade Hair to do your show you need to keep it light, keep it bright, keep it gay!

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Watermark on the Fringe: “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom”

By : Danny Garcia
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The story begins in the biblical days of ancient Sodom. We meet two guards who watch over a lair where a virgin (played by Nathan Bonk) is to be sacrificed to the hungry Succubus (played by Kristin Pringle-Marksbury), but instead of the Succubus devouring the ingénue, she turns her into a fellow undead. So begins the tale of the eternal rivalry of the “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.”

The story moves forward in time first to the days of classic Hollywood, then to  the early 1980’s where the deep-rooted feud continues. Bette and Joan have nothing on these girls and they don’t care who gets in their way when all hell breaks loose.

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Watermark on the Fringe: “James & Jamesy In The Dark”

By : Jeremy Williams
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What is now becoming one of my favorite Fringe traditions, after having a delightful order of cheese curds on the Fringe lawn, I gathered my things and headed to the Silver Venue for the latest installment of Aaron Malkin and Alastair Knowles’ James & Jamesy series. This year they are shining brightly in “James & Jamesy In The Dark.”

It is difficult to attempt explaining a James & Jamesy show. First, these comical geniuses interact with the audience so much that no two shows are ever alike. Secondly, one of the greatest joys in watching a James & Jamesy show is not knowing what to expect when you enter the venue. What I will provide you is the set up.

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Watermark on the Fringe: “Flip”

By : Jeremy Williams
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What if everyone in the world had a switch around their neck that could be flipped at anytime to end that person’s life, would you try and flip someone’s switch? What would it take in this world to make you flip your own? These are the questions Adam McCabe asks in his Fringe show “Flip.”

The concept for the show —which McCabe lays out in the show’s program — came from a real life experience McCabe had with a friend in college who went missing. When he turned back up a few weeks later, McCabe found out his friend tried to commit suicide because he concluded that the world was meaningless.

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Watermark on the Fringe: “Muttnick”

By : Jeremy Williams
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In 1957, as the United States and the Soviet Union battled it out for supremacy of the planet and beyond, a stray Russian dog named Laika was sent into space and became the first animal to orbit the Earth. These events are what inspired Bruce Ryan Costella’s show, “Muttnick.”

The show opens with Costella, dressed as man’s best friend, already aboard the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik. As he wakes he address the audience, to him just a bunch of stars in space, and tells his story from birth all the way to being launched into space.

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Watermark on the Fringe: “Luna”

By : Danny Garcia
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Former Cirque du Soliel artist Ana Cuellar presents “Luna,” a contemporary dance story.

As told by several vignettes with dance and Cirque-style acrobatics, “Luna” scribes each of her creations as they dramatically come to life and capture her, and the audience, into the performance.

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Watermark on the Fringe: “El Wiz”

By : Danny Garcia
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A true love letter to Puerto Rico, her people and her culture. This retelling of the classic “Wizard of Oz” is set in modern day Puerto Rico, but instead of our story’s hero Dorothy getting swept up in a tornado, she’s whisked away during Hurricane Maria which devastated the island this past fall.

Touting a very large cast with vocal performances that are quite strong, “El Wiz” blends Latin music, hip-hop and even traditional Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba music – we’re taken on Dorothy’s journey from start to finish in whimsical and family friendly ways. The characters in “El Wiz” are given a modern upgrade and all the incredibly talented performers fit the roles perfectly.

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Watermark on the Fringe: “Blue Star presents: VarieTEASE… Spellbound”

By : Kathy Ruiz
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Spellbound was a captivating performance inspired by Orlando’s famous Blue Star’s battle with Post Traumatic Stress disorder and her journey with EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy.

No detail was too small for this cast, and costumes were no exception. Glittery, feathered, clowns donned the stage for “Spellbound’s” second performance in Fringefest 2018.

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Watermark on the Fringe: “SCUM: A Manifesto”

By : Kathy Ruiz
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Scantily Glad Theatre, which hails from the Canadian prairies, makes its debut at the Orlando International Fringefest with “SCUM: A Manifesto.”

The show seamlessly alternates between two storylines – one of Valerie Solanas, the mother of radical feminism and the woman who shot Andy Warhol, and the other of present day college roommates studying Feminism for their genders studies class. Upon discovering the manifesto, the roommates become engulfed in replicating Solanas’ Society of Cutting Up Men. The show delves into topics of sexism and features an exploration of sexuality.

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