Watermark on the Fringe: Varietease – Haunted

By : Billy Manes
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Anyone in Orlando with some pixie dust and salt to rub between their fingers knows that any Varietease experience is going to involve the interpretive ebb and flow of emotions – typically set to unexpected soundtracks – rendered through the fluid choreography of local favorite (and owner of the Venue near Lake Ivanhoe, which is this year’s Black Venue for Fringe) Blue Star. For her latest project with notable local artist Patrick Fatica, Blue delves into the dark brightly, sometimes with humor, often with pure poetry.

Blue has cast herself as something of a headmistress replete with period dress and regular shuffling of the ruffled petticoat, curls pulled tight, but choreography even tighter. As with most Blue pieces of staged velvet, this one comes with a storyline that is left, at least to some degree, to the viewer. The story comes from Fatica; the breath of life (and death) comes from an intensely talented dance menagerie, including Tymisha Harris, Jack Kreeger, MichelinaWingerter, Megan Boetto and Lola Selsky.

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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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