Actor Doug Ba’aser channels Joan Crawford in ‘Joan Crawford’s House Party’

By : Billy Manes
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Five years ago, Orlando actor Doug Ba’aser welcomed the whole world into his living room. Actually, he invited the planet into Joan Crawford’s House Party at her Brentwood estate (vis a vis a Fringe performance) in which he plays the well-known actress and inspiration for the book and film Mommie Dearest, penned by her adopted daughter Christina Crawford.

“It was a huge success; it was a major sell out,” he recalls. “It won Best in Fringe and we sold out the beautiful Pink Venue. Actually that show came from my lovely Brentwood home. Or at least guests were transformed into celebrants at my Brentwood home as soon as they walked in.”

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Watermark on the Fringe: Joan Crawford’s House Party

By : Jeremy Williams
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With the resurgence in everything Joan Crawford, thanks to the success of Jessica Lange’s portrayal of the Oscar-winning actress in FX’s series Feud, the dearest diva has decided now is the time for her comeback to the Orlando Fringe stage in the show Joan Crawford’s House Party.

Crawford (revived in all her splendor and glory by the talented thespian Doug Ba’aser) has invited the audience into her lovely living room (located inside the Brown Venue) for some cocktails, a few games and a lot of laughs.

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Watermark’s 2017 Orlando Fringe Reviews

By : Watermark Staff
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Orlando Fringe is back, and so is Watermark’s team of rapid reviewers ready to hit the venues and take in some shows in between our visits to the beer tent and cheese curds truck.

Orlando Fringe is happening now through May 29, so get out there and live this amazing theater experience; and make sure to check back with this page throughout the festival to see what Team Watermark thought of some of your favorite shows.

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Orlando Fringe runs the gamut from hysterical to controversial to heartbreaking. Here are some of our favorite picks for this year!

By : Billy Manes
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In year 26 of everybody losing their minds in the Orlando theater scene for over a week, the Orlando Fringe once again brings the surprises and the guffaws – all the hurry-up-and-wait of queuing for your next aesthetic indulgence, along with the gratification of seeing some of your best friends, old and new, make theater an organic experience.

In many ways, this is Orlando’s centrifugal core for spinning and buttoning and ticketing your way toward bliss. As usual, there’s something for everybody: kids, teens, grown-ups, grown-ups who should know better. After a fantastic teaser show on April 17, appetites have been duly whetted, Excel charts and maps have been printed, the fiercest of the fierce are readying their Fringe game. There are hundreds of shiny things to see! Bring on May 16-29!

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