Festival veteran David Lee rises to the challenge of making a dark reality into an Orlando Fringe show

By : Anna M. Johnson
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The lights went out at the Orlando Fringe Theatre Festival 2017 local teaser show. A hush dawned over the audience that filled the sold-out theatre.

Twelve groups had performed two-minute excerpts from their shows in the festival that starts May 16. The 13th performance started completely dark. A light went on from center stage, illuminating the face of a woman. She stood in the dark for a moment before beginning to speak.

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5.4.17 Editor’s Desk

By : Billy Manes
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In the dirty-fingernail days of the late ’90s, replete with cheap beer and cheaper ambitions, I came to learn about Orlando Fringe – which had much longer hair and some kind of backpack back then – by simply walking among the freaks that used to populate downtown’s major thoroughfare, Orange Avenue. Conditions at the time were Spartan, to say the least, but emotions were high.

Nobody wanted to be surrounded by some TRL conflagration of boybands and cropped tops; they wanted to be entertained in a sound manner, one that implied intention, grass roots and ambitious plans. Or they just wanted to be high and left alone.

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After Orlando Project is local artists uniting for healing

By : Anna M. Johnson
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The Orlando theater community is about to gain visibility in an international way. Hometown playwrights’ pieces are going to be performed as part of an anthology series all over the United States and the world, with venues from New York City to London. On Oct. 17 though, the playwrights’ work will be showcased in a very local way at the Orlando Shakesspeare Theater.

The After Orlando Project is an “International Theatre Action” put on by Missing Bolts Productions and NoPassport Theatre Alliance and Press; both groups are based out of New York.

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ROCKET MAN and KALEIDOSCOPE, by Ray Bradbury

By : Rick Claggett
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ROCKET MAN and KALEIDOSCOPE

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ROCKET MAN and KALEIDOSCOPE, by Ray Bradbury
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David Lee is out of this world.

Rocket Man & Kaleidoscope, By Ray Bradbury is a simple concept: one actor, David Lee, reciting two short stories written by the master of science fiction, Ray Bradbury.

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Good grief! Dog Sees God opens this weekend at the Parliament House Footlight Theatre

By : Billy Manes
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11071541_10152839620662084_4056673105284209103_nIn our nostalgic haste to drink Drano and do other things to chainsaws this week in covering the local production of Heathers the Musical, we were apparently remiss in not mentioning that an incredibly talented crew of local theater folks are opening a month-long run (nearly!) of the lauded 2004 SoHo Fringe parody of Charles M. Schulz’s Charlie Brown clique – none involved were named Heather – THIS VERY WEEKEND. Kangagirl Productions hero Margaret Nolan tells us that the production, which is directed by local fave David Lee, won’t veer too far from the original script (that’s why they call them scripts), but will bring its own nuances in staging, design, etc.

Though we could swim around in the glittering psychological details of the ambush makeovers of Mr. Brown and Lucy and Linus and Schroeder and (sniff) Snoopy – here’s a hint: they’re all filthy, except the (copyright mandated) replacement for Pig Pen, who has turned his dustball into an internalized conundrum and become a homophobe – but we’ll leave that to the characters and their requisite staged surprises. Really looking forward to this one, if only for the kissing booths and Red Barons. Here’s the info:

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