2019 Orlando Fringe Review: “Pack Animals”

By : Danny Garcia
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S.E. Grummet and Holly Brinkman bring the comical story of two summer camp scouts lost in the woods to life in the quirky comedy “Pack Animals.”

Brinkman is a highly skilled camper and is paired up with Grummet who is, well, not a highly skilled camper.  Grummet actually has no clue  about camping and doesn’t really want to be there. These two embark on an adventure reminiscent of an 80’s sitcom, but raunchier and more fun. To fully explain what this show is about would require a few bites of some questionable berries found in the woods. This hilarious comedy includes ukuleles, musical numbers about mansplaining, a bear attack and even sex with mythical woodland creatures. Not to mention the show also features animal puppets.

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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: Wanzie with a Z

By : Rick Claggett
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Who can tell a story better than Michael Wanzie? Three Wanzie’s can.

Wanzie with a Z is the real-life journey of actor/playwright Michael Wanzie from age six to 60. Josh Lefkowitz stars as young Mikey Wanzie age six to 17, and he lays the groundwork for what will certainly become a multi-award-winning Fringe fave. Mike Wanzie, age 17-30, is played by Joshua Roth, who gives us the coming-of-age story. The cast is completed by Wanzie, played by himself from age 30- 60. His role helps the audience, as much as Wanzie, make sense of the first 30 years.

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Watermark on the Fringe: MO MANADA!

By : Danny Garcia
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Hockey, Beavers and Mounties – Oh my, it’s MO MANADA! A follow-up to last year’s hit OH MANADA! from Canada’s Premiere All-Male Burlesque troupe, Boylesque TO.

The gang from the land of universal health care and poutine return with all new show, this time emceed by heartbroken Canadian political hunk Justin Trudeau (performed by Johnnie Walker) fresh off of his recent “break-up” with Barack Obama.

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Watermark on the Fringe: Bitch, Perfect!

By : Jeremy Williams
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Get those well-manicured hands in you a-ca-thespians! The Orlando Gay Chorus is here, for the first time ever, with a full on theatrical show at the Orlando Fringe.

Bitch, Perfect! (a parody of the hit film series Pitch Perfect) is narrated, or more accurately hosted, by John and Joanne (played to biting perfection by Brandon Lopez and Danielle Irigoyen), a pair of sharp-tongued commentators for a national colligeate a cappella tournament in which the students of Mary Qweens of the Universe College in Key West Florida are competing.

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Watermark on the Fringe: Phantasmagoria: Wickedest Tales of All

By : Danny Garcia
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This is Victorian story telling at its best with a dark tone. Phantasmagoria returns with some fresh dark and cautionary narratives in TheWickedest Tales of All.

Filling the large Orange venue with a large cast and striking visuals in muted hues, all dressed in steampunk style, Phantasmagoria takes the audience through four very wicked tales, written by familiar names – Charles Dickens and Edgar Allan Poe – to an obscure Hindu folklore of honor and revenge.

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Watermark’s 2015 Orlando Fringe Reviews: Judy Garland

By : Danny Garcia
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Mark Baratelli returns to Fringe with JUDY GARLAND!

Playing on the days were Judy Garland was under the influence of, well everything. Judy is joined on stage with a stage manager (or should we say a handler) and a quick thinking pianist who can keep up with her ADHD, improvisational skills.

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