Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix special gets Twitter buzzing

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Sexuality, gender and the role of comedy headline Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby’s comedy tour “Nanette,” now presented on Netflix.

Named after a girl Gadsby believed interesting, the hour-long comedy special is a departure from Gadsby’s normal comedy routines, including a “third” part to her story: an ending (Gadsby tells the audience that the difference between a story and a joke is that a story has a beginning, a middle and end, and a joke just has a beginning and middle).

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Death Part 7: The Last Word

By : Maia Monet
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The barely-anticipated final installment in Jack Trinco’s “Death Series”, this darkly comic and irreverent cabaret act takes you on a journey to the underworld through outrageous comic storytelling and killer songs from contemporary songwriters including Laurie Anderson, Kate Bush, William Finn, Barry Manilow, Michelle Shocked and more. A hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in NYC, Death Part 7: The Last Word plays the Orlando Fringe one week only!

Death Part 7: The Last Word

By : Maia Monet
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The barely-anticipated final installment in Jack Trinco’s “Death Series”, this darkly comic and irreverent cabaret act takes you on a journey to the underworld through outrageous comic storytelling and killer songs from contemporary songwriters including Laurie Anderson, Kate Bush, William Finn, Barry Manilow, Michelle Shocked and more. A hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in NYC, Death Part 7: The Last Word plays the Orlando Fringe one week only!

Death Part 7: The Last Word

By : Maia Monet
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The barely-anticipated final installment in Jack Trinco’s “Death Series”, this darkly comic and irreverent cabaret act takes you on a journey to the underworld through outrageous comic storytelling and killer songs from contemporary songwriters including Laurie Anderson, Kate Bush, William Finn, Barry Manilow, Michelle Shocked and more. A hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in NYC, Death Part 7: The Last Word plays the Orlando Fringe one week only!

Death Part 7: The Last Word

By : Maia Monet
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The barely-anticipated final installment in Jack Trinco’s “Death Series”, this darkly comic and irreverent cabaret act takes you on a journey to the underworld through outrageous comic storytelling and killer songs from contemporary songwriters including Laurie Anderson, Kate Bush, William Finn, Barry Manilow, Michelle Shocked and more. A hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in NYC, Death Part 7: The Last Word plays the Orlando Fringe one week only!

Death Part 7: The Last Word

By : Maia Monet
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The barely-anticipated final installment in Jack Trinco’s “Death Series”, this darkly comic and irreverent cabaret act takes you on a journey to the underworld through outrageous comic storytelling and killer songs from contemporary songwriters including Laurie Anderson, Kate Bush, William Finn, Barry Manilow, Michelle Shocked and more. A hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in NYC, Death Part 7: The Last Word plays the Orlando Fringe one week only!

Ellen DeGeneres recalls how death of girlfriend started her comedy career

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Ellen DeGeneres’ successful comedy career was sparked by a personal tragedy.

In an interview for Dax Shepard’s podcast “Armchair Expert,” DeGeneres revealed that her girlfriend’s unexpected death pushed her into comedy.

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World Premiere – Harry’s Angel by Arthur Keyser

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Challenge accepted! The MCP Still Got It Players South is a senior acting troupe designed with the mature actor in mind. Director Debbie Lannen established a troupe like this one in MI and was Artistic Director for 5 years. When she relocated to Orlando, FL in 2014 she realized that this niche of the theatre community wasn’t being fulfilled, so the MCP Still Got It Players South was born. After producing two successful short play festivals, the troupe is ready to jump into a full length comedy and found Harry’s Angel by Arthur Keyser to be just the right fit.

This will be the world premiere of this laugh filled comedy written by an 89 year old retired attorney from Sarasota, FL. Arthur Keyser, a published and produced playwright was looking for just the right troupe to take on his new play and this East Orlando company seemed the perfect fit. He plans to be at the Sunday matinee to personally see how audiences react to his story that features Italian siblings, an aging Jewish deli owner, a bookie and a retired exotic dancer. Mr Keyser comments, “What could these people possibly have in common? Why, love, of course!”

Performance Dates:

Thurs. Dec. 14 – 1pm

Fri & Sat. Dec. 15 & 16 – 7pm

Sun. Dec. 17 – 2pm

Tickets $15 at door and available online www.magiccurtainproductions.com.

Magic Curtain Productions Theatre

2860 South Alafaya Trail Orlando, FL 32828 Phone 407- 282-8368

World Premiere – Harry’s Angel by Arthur Keyser

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Challenge accepted! The MCP Still Got It Players South is a senior acting troupe designed with the mature actor in mind. Director Debbie Lannen established a troupe like this one in MI and was Artistic Director for 5 years. When she relocated to Orlando, FL in 2014 she realized that this niche of the theatre community wasn’t being fulfilled, so the MCP Still Got It Players South was born. After producing two successful short play festivals, the troupe is ready to jump into a full length comedy and found Harry’s Angel by Arthur Keyser to be just the right fit.

This will be the world premiere of this laugh filled comedy written by an 89 year old retired attorney from Sarasota, FL. Arthur Keyser, a published and produced playwright was looking for just the right troupe to take on his new play and this East Orlando company seemed the perfect fit. He plans to be at the Sunday matinee to personally see how audiences react to his story that features Italian siblings, an aging Jewish deli owner, a bookie and a retired exotic dancer. Mr Keyser comments, “What could these people possibly have in common? Why, love, of course!”

Performance Dates:

Thurs. Dec. 14 – 1pm

Fri & Sat. Dec. 15 & 16 – 7pm

Sun. Dec. 17 – 2pm

Tickets $15 at door and available online www.magiccurtainproductions.com.

Magic Curtain Productions Theatre

2860 South Alafaya Trail Orlando, FL 32828 Phone 407- 282-8368

The Vagrant

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The Vagrant

By Brett Hursey

Sept 29-Oct 14, 2017 * Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 * Sundays at 6pm

Tickets $15.00 when purchased in advance online. $20.00 cash at the door with a $5.00 discount for students, seniors, military, investment bankers, hot dog vendors, social workers and anyone who has been homeless at one point or another in their lives. Free to anyone who is currently homeless.

Lenny Madison is well adjusted to life on the streets of NYC. He swindles hot dogs from Rodney and takes care of Maggie the bag lady. Mr. Edgeworth provides a lifeline to a reality he’d rather ignore. When he begins cavorting with John and Rachael it suddenly becomes too difficult to hide in plain sight.

Here is a link to the Denver Post review from the 2011 production:

http://www.denverpost.com/2011/06/01/theater-review-the-vagrant-clarifies-human-face-of-the-homeless/

 

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Cast of Brett Hursey’s The Vagrant. Standing L-R: John Sullivan, Sean Delaney, Michelle Jacqueline Papaycik, Larry Stallings, Seated L-R: David Martin, Winnie Wenglewick

Peterson Toscano’s Everything is Connected An Evening of Stories. Most weird, Many True.

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An Early Easter Gift From SunCoast Cathedral MCC to You!

Experience the artful, playful, outrageously funny, and deeply moving storytelling craft of Peterson Toscano. Connecting issues and ideas to bizarre personal experiences, literature, science, and even the odd Bible story, Peterson takes his audience on an off-beat mental mind trip.  A shapeshifter, he transforms right before your eyes into a whole cast of comic characters who explore the serious worlds of gender, sexuality, privilege, religion, and environmental justice. His unique personal journey led him into performance art.

After spending 17 years and over $30,000 on three continents attempting to de-gay himself through gay conversion therapy, he came to his senses and came out a quirky queer Quaker concerned with human rights and comedy. He asks himself and his audiences unusual and stimulating questions: Who are the gender outlaws in the Bible? What is a queer response to climate change? and How can comedy help us better understand our most tragic losses? Peterson is on a mission to connect with his audiences in deeply personal ways stirring up hope and purpose in a rapidly changing world. Come to laugh, think deeply, and feel more human.

Bridget Everett: Pound It!

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Bridget Everett has been called “the most exciting performer in New York City” on the cover of The Village Voice and “raw and riotous” by The New York Times. Her film, theater and television credits include Inside Amy Schumer, Two Broke Girls, Sex and the City, the HBO series Girls and the Judd Apatow-produced film Trainwreck. Everett headlined comedy tours in the U.S. and has taken comedy festivals by storm all over the world. Her television series, Lady Dynamite, appears on Netflix.

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Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, May 20, and are available online beginning at 10 a.m., and by phone and in person at the Straz Center Ticket Sales office beginning at 12 p.m.