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by Carl F Gauze

Archive for May, 2016

The Fringe Omnibus for May 29, 2016

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

The Fringe Omnibus for May 29, 2016

Not that this will do anyone any good, but for the record:

Becky’s Fun Time Hour
(Savoy) I’ve never been as intimidated by a crinoline dress as I was in this bubble filled show. Becky Fischer wows a small gay bar crowd with stories and show tunes including my fav “Everybody’s Girl” from “Steel Pier.”

Burn Job, by T. J. Dawe (Black) Enneagram master and king of the self-analytical story returns with another collection of tales about his early years and expansive drug experiences. You’ll hear bits and pieces of previous monologs but all is well; Orlando loves T.J. just as he loves us.

A Night at Sara’s Lounge (St. Matthew’s Tavern) I never realized The Jam’s “A Town Called Malice” or Bowies “Heroes” could be lounge tunes, but here they are. Backed by a kick ass band; Miss Jones weilds her golden voice with ease; ditch the fake crisis and groove with the jazz in this intimate environment. If you don’t find her in your lap, your just not one of the cool kids.

Magic, Music, and a Little Mayhem (Pink) You’ll buy a ticket just to see “Ca-Ching the Bunny”; then you will gasp at the illusions including sawing an audience member in half. If they don’t put you back together; ask for a refund.

Another Brick in the Wall (Pink) We don’t need no education, but we do need some rock and roll. This edited version of Floyds’ depressing neo-fascist drama is realized in dance. Pink acts better than he dances and I didn’t want to slit my wrists like I did after seeing the film way back when.

VarieTEASE: Carnivale
(Orange) This reprise of Blue’s best show ever retains the spirit but not the action or sound track of the original. A young woman (Tymisha Harris) joins the circus and learns the ropes and then emerges as pony on a leash. Stunning dance and blasting sound combine to entertain; but when Ms. Harris appears in a bridle I thought: “Is this a “Smell the glove” moment?

Vasily Djokovic (Black) I’ve hung with real Russians, and we all agree: the Cold War days were the best. Comrade Djokovic finds himself in Orlando discovering American Way and rationalizes Soviet propaganda. But like all Ruskies I’ve met his humor is as dry as Kazakhstan and as piercing as putsch. Highlights include Neil Bernard drinking a shot of real vodka and my passed the Rasputin quiz.

These show was presented as part of the 2016 Orlando Fringe Festival. For show times, tickets and more information please visit . http://orlandofringe.org/

The Fringe Omnibus for May 27, 2016

Friday, May 27th, 2016

The Fringe Omnibus for May 27, 2016

Things are beginning to glaze over:

Fruit Flies Like a Banana: Alphabetical Disorder (Green) Not every musician can play classical music while hanging upside down, but this group can. Part musical virtuosity turned to evil purposes, part dance no sane choreographer would stage and more fun the P.D.Q. Bach juggling kittens, you’ll never accurately describe “Fruit Flies” to someone who’s never seen it.

Space (Brown) Lock five people in a space ship for half a decade but just don’t expect them to be nice when they arrive at Planet X. Corporate exploitation and personal vendetta make this a challenging play to watch; it delves deeply into what motivates people to engage in great adventures for little profit and even less humanity.

God Is A Scottish Drag Queen IV (Silver) I hate to say this about the Divine Creator of the Universe, but the joke wears a bit flat. This is the last pass of Mike Delamont in this role and if you’ve not seen it it’s still sacrilegiously funny. But if you’ve seen the first three I’ll just say this: “Star Wars.”

“Rocket Man” and “Kaleidoscope” by Ray Bradbury (Silver) Bradbury’s sci-fi was less about space ships than relationships; this one man gem executes dramatic readings backed with simple but effective effects. This Sci-Fi about people and what they desire rather than light sabers and hyper drives. Simply superb.

These show was presented as part of the 2016 Orlando Fringe Festival. For show times, tickets and more information please visit . http://orlandofringe.org/

The Fringe Omnibus for May 26, 2016

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

The Fringe Omnibus for May 26, 2016

What? MORE shows?

On The Fringe (Gold) Filmmaker Nancy Kenny presents a documentary on the 2014 Canadian Fringe Festival circuit. From Toronto to Vancouver she follows the highs and lows of Fringe favorites including Martin Dockery, Vanessa Quesnelle and poet Jem Rolls as they deal with parties, billets, and bad reviews.

Stump (Red) PB&J’s Gemma Waldon and Brandon Roberts raise mutant plants and a budding romance in the silent yet beautiful romance. Plus you get wild flower seeds.

Lil’ Women: A Rap Musical (Orange) See the Grand Rap Battle between American literature’s favorite young ladies Jo and Meg. It’s sisterly love with a beat, and damn funny to boot. Word.

Women Behind Bars (Red) Even the drag wears drag in this hyperactively funny prison epic. None of the girls is guilty but they are all horny as Matron Bob Brandenburg enforces discipline and elderly grandmother Larry Stalling keep the cheap jokes flowing. Prison reform has never been so much fun!

These show was presented as part of the 2016 Orlando Fringe Festival. For show times, tickets and more information please visit . http://orlandofringe.org/

The Fringe Omnibus for May 25, 2016

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

The Fringe Omnibus for May 25, 2016

Beginning the big push to the final weekend:

On The Line (Silver) Who needs a story line when you have dancers like these? Revisit high energy performances of “Hello, Dolly;” “Cell Block Tango;” and “Cabaret” with the Yow Dance Troupe. There’s a womanizing directed; he’s done all the female leads in his life and at the end realizes: “Hey – I’m a jerk!” He is, but his dancers are magical!

The Hideout (Pink) The “Oyster Boy” cast returns with a retelling of “The Minotaur;” it’s a love story and a tragedy and the energy never flags; you care about the lovers and even the audience participation feel natural. Fluffy and fun; these girls continue to steal our hearts.

These show was presented as part of the 2016 Orlando Fringe Festival. For show times, tickets and more information please visit . http://orlandofringe.org/

The Fringe Omnibus for May 24, 2016

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

The Fringe Omnibus for May 24, 2016

The weather has been great; just a it of rain and now cool evenings. Therefreo, go see these shows:

Bio Psycho Social (Green)Viet Nguyen returns with a buddy show involving two beginning social workers. They role play through cases, some of which are suspiciously close to their own lives.

The Animatronicans (Yellow) Where do retired animatronic guys go to live out there rusty and unloved years? A group home where Abe Lincoln creaks; Dad from Carousel of Progress fantasizes about appliances; the Norwegian bear auditions for the Jamboree, and The dream pilot gets into kinky sex. There’s a state law demanding a Disney parody in every Fringe; this one has already scored Patron’s Pick.

2 For Tea (Silver)

James and Jamesy mix British Pantomime and the Ministry of Silly Walks in to a silly and fun audience participation event. James mines a thunderstorm, Jamesy uses balletic precision in his tea pouring, and the audience gets dragged on stage and put in silly costumes. Silly fun for all ages.

These show was presented as part of the 2016 Orlando Fringe Festival. For show times, tickets and more information please visit . http://orlandofringe.org/

The Fringe Omnibus for May 23, 2016

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

The Fringe Omnibus for May 23, 2016

Passing through maximum Q:

21 Chump Street (Purple)

High school is bad enough; there’s no need to add cops and entrap kids into exchanging drugs they don’t have for a prom date they’ll never get. This student Theatre Vérité productions zips along but stops short; a little more denouement would buff it up.

Sex with Animals (Blue) Despite the title this is not about bestiality although it does have expresso-strong sexual content. Ryan the Bisexual Lion carefully enumerates animal sex habits and then makes a case for polygamy/polyandry. He wrap up with a Tindr pickup who is conveniently waiting for him outside the venue door. Kinky.

The Great & Powerful Tim: World’s Worst Supervillain (Red) Tim wants to take over the world through supervillain channels; we help him pick cards, find coins and generally support his silly but fun magic show. While super villainy isn’t what it was in the Golden age he’s still making the effort and his side kick Notary Public Woman is a hoot.

The Foreplay: An Exploration of the Birth of our Nation (Pink) The arguments over America’s founding documents were heated and passionate; the thunder but not the lightning of the Bill of Rights fills the stage tonight. Snarky Thomas Jefferson, squishy James Madison and stentorian George Mason argue points and mock today’s society. They also yell a lot; it keeps up the tension but tires the listener.

These show was presented as part of the 2016 Orlando Fringe Festival. For show times, tickets and more information please visit . http://orlandofringe.org/

The Fringe Omnibus for May 22, 2016

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

The Fringe Omnibus for May 22, 2016

Warp factor three, Ensign Wallace!

Enter Penumbra (BYOV) Last year’s hit “The Republic” sort of returns with a teaser tour of their new facility. Problem is, it’s at an undisclosed location that happens to be half way to St. Cloud. You drive around in a blacked out van and listen to some of the most agreeable sounding double talk ever, then get a rush through the scenario but not to the point you can figure much out. There are sound problem galore; I advise waiting for their formal open later this summer.

Shatter (Green Venue) Homeless guy meets girl, marris, has a kid, turns abusive, then repents. It’s all told though exciting dance sequences, and shows local choreographer Jason Skinner at his best.

Oh, Manada! (Orange Venue)

Burlesque and Canadian stereotypes; somehow they go together. Highlights include the Alex Trebek impersonator hosting the event, and the stripers simulating a bobsled race. Plenty of beaver jokes, and an almost disturbing chain saw strip.

One-Duhh-Woman (The Savoy) Carol Adubato takes here first step in to stand up with this one woman show; I’d like to have seen more carol and less of her Oscar parody film.

Bella Culpa Who knows what the butler and the maid get up to; but here the action is all about dusting and cleaning. Two astonishing acrobats make the impossible look easy, even if they are pretty rough on the local rat population.

Trick Boxing: Swingin’ in the Ring (Footlights Theatre) There’s a tie between boxing and dance; this engaging story follows a boxer from the streets up to a fixed fight. One guy plays all the fighters and dreamers in a smooth flowing stream of consciousness; his partner swing dances with the best. HIGHLY worth the trip out to the venerable P-House.

At the Crossroads (St. Matthew’s Tavern) German Expressionist film still holds cinema’s most memorable screen images. Here we view and edited version of Murnau’s 1926 “Faust” accompanied by a guitarist and drummer. The music is jarring but matches the imagery; too bad we can read the subtitles on the slightly too small projection screen.

These show was presented as part of the 2016 Orlando Fringe Festival. For show times, tickets and more information please visit . http://orlandofringe.org/

The Fringe Omnibus for May 21, 2016

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

The Fringe Omnibus for May 21, 2016

My back log is building, and I am reduced to shorty-short short commentary:

Daddy Issues (Red Venue) Peter Aguero relates tales of growing up in a broken home with a deadpan, rapid fire delivery. His daddy made him tough, and I don’t think that where he want to end up.

Chocolate Cake Marsha & Marty hold an unnatural love of Martha Stewart, their tribute channel teaches the unwashed how to bake “The Martha Way.” They’ve even gotten some interest from the doyen of décor, and that splits the pair; drives the best food fight in Fringe, and drops a surprise ending right in your lap.

Voci Dance: Paint Chips Yeah! They’re dancing to Ken Nordine’s “Colors” which were originally ads for paint; each color was imbued with a personality. Those personalities percolate through Voci’s movements; costumes change colors and the dancers float like light beams in this well motivated dance concert.

Shirley GnomeYee-HAW, its dirty country music played by a woman who can sell sex and songs and even make the country life look appealing. She starts with “Who Glitter is this?” amps up to “Fuck Me and Don’t Think” and winds us down with the cautionary “Don’t Be a Rapist, Baby.” There’s plenty if good dating advice like “It’s amazingly hard to get laid at a Burlesque Festival.” Love her, leave her, but pick up the CD.

From Broadway to Obscurity Eric Gutman led a charmed Broadway career; his first post college gig involved “Forbidden Broadway” and took him to a long running gig with “Jersey Boys.” This tale is funny, fascinating; and damn, can this guy belt!

The Lion, the Bitch, and the Wardrobe. Panic attacks and anxiety may not be fun but Canadian Street performer Sharon Mahoney bends them into an hour of self-reflection and parody self-help. Her Hyper Canadian persons is her best; Dr. Jopra Phil hits to close to the real thing.

Love Is A Battlefield Martin Dockery introduces a new dramatic story told in his subtext rich staccato of dialog and innuendo; here he and Vanessa Quesnelle debate running away from her ominous husband. There a strong sense of foreboding and misdirected lust; nothing is as it appears but the resolution ties it all together with a bloody red ribbon.

These show was presented as part of the 2016 Orlando Fringe Festival. For show times, tickets and more information please visit . http://orlandofringe.org/

No Tweed Too Tight: Another Grant Canyon Mystery

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

No Tweed Too Tight: Another Grant Canyon Mystery
Written by Bruce Horack
Monster Theatre
Brown Venue
The 2016 Orlando International Fringe Festival
Orlando, FL

POW! HIT! DRINK! Grant Canyon has one of those sexy jobs; he’s a highly rated insurance adjuster in Des Moines Iowa. He’s sent off to look for a missing diamond; assuming he can call up enough brain cells to remember where he is. He spends the next hour drunk, pummeled and buried alive, this guy is tougher than a South OBT cockroach. Grant Canyon builds a complete film noir world by himself and a few sound effects. His natty suit protects him even in the vacuum of space although he loses a million bucks to zero gravity. This show works hard for its applause, its well-deserved applause; and it’s worth joining the journey. Buy the guy a drink, he deserve it.

This show was presented as part of the 2016 Orlando Fringe Festival for show times, tickets and more information please visit . http://orlandofringe.org/

Operation 87

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

Operation 87
Pony Street Productions
Written and presented by Adrianne Gagnon
Purple Venue
The 2016 Orlando International Fringe Festival
Orlando, FL

Looking for love? Try the dressing room of the Pittsburgh Penguins, or so say Ms. Adrianne Gagnon. With a psycho glint in her eyes shes ready to abduct the biggest star in hockey, propose, and live happily ever after. I know little about sports, but this just seems like a monumentally Bad Idea. But we know it’s just a McGuffin to kick off a one woman monolog about love, sex, and growing up Canadian. Yes, shes a very polite stalker, and here reminiscences, while not earth shattering, are fun and told with the commitment needed to make a solid Fringe show. After musing about life and Canadian Amusement park, she thinks the better of her proposed abduction and sneaks out. A cute show, packed with semi useful Canadian facts.

This commentary was prepared from a technical rehearsal.

This show was presented as part of the 2016 Orlando Fringe Festival. For show times, tickets and more information please visit . http://orlandofringe.org/