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Thursday, April 16, 2015

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Movie of the Week

WANZIE: Scott Eastwood (Son of actor/director Clint) is a beautiful hunk of charm-filled masculinity who is obviously talented and most delicious to behold; but all his country charm and alpha male physicality can not over come the sappy dialogue and the screenwriters compulsion to spell out every plot turn and emotion for us as though we are beginning readers of a Dick and Jane book rather than an audience that might just possibly have some cognitive skills, or the ability to enjoy and understand nuance…because nuanced the spoon-fed, straightforward, transparent dialogue in THE LONGEST RIDE is not. What is nuanced, however, is the surprisingly understated and sympathetic portrayal of a dying man played by Alan Alda, who, in his most senior years, finally delivers a post-MASH performance where in the actor does not chew away at the scenery. Both Alda and Eastwood deliver solid performances in a movie that is not worthy of their considerable talents. Oozing sentimentality and awash in bad writing that assumes only morons are watching, THE LONGEST RIDE is just too much. Oh, and its too long as well!
2 ½ PINK TRIANGLES

Doug did not review this movie.

ORLANDO EYE at I DRIVE 360 Debuts on May 4

We at the WANZeGRAM recently visited I Drive 360, Orlando’s new $200 million entertainment destination and home to that gigantic white Ferris Wheel that has been under construction for the past year on the land once occupied by the now razed Mercado Shopping Village out on International Drive down Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Theater way. The 400 foot iconic Orlando Eye “observation wheel” is the centerpiece of this metro-chic themed complex featuring a dynamic blend of attractions, restaurants, clubs, and shops.

The Orlando Eye promotional materials invite visitors to be “effortlessly lifted away in a capsule of calm and serenity” providing breathtaking panoramas of Central Florida in all directions. In addition to views of downtown Orlando’s skyline and nearby theme parks, the attraction’s parent company, Merlin Entertainment, informed the WANZEeGRAM the Eye is so high that on a clear day views of the Kennedy Space Center on Florida’s east coast may be enjoyed. The leisurely 30-minute experience includes a pre-flight multi-sensory 4D cinema spectacular.

Joining the Orlando Eye as part of I-Drive 360’s unique line-up of attractions are world-famous Madame Tussaud’s wax museum, SEA LIFE Aquarium, and Skeletons: Animals Unveiled! The Skeletons attraction boasts “over 400 animal skeletons posed and composed of real bones in unique settings with added fun elements of videos, curiosities, natural mutations, and flesh-eating beetles.”

The cost for a “flight” on the Orlando Eye is $25 for a “fly anytime” ticket, but only $18 if you buy online in advance and commit to a specific date and window of time. There’s also a $32-VIP option that includes “priority boarding” and a glass of champagne. Combination tickets for Orlando Eye and the wax museum and/or the aquarium attractions range from $29 to $35. The very best deal (should you have any interest in visiting Merlin owned and operated Lego Land) is a pre-opening special $89-pass that offers admission to the Orlando Eye, Madame Tussaud’s, SEA LIFE, and Lego Land Florida in Winter Haven. Considering that an adult ticket to Lego Land itself will set you back $104.00 on a walk-up basis ($89 if purchased in advance), this pre-opening 4-Attraction Pass is like paying for Lego Land admission and getting into all three Merlin-owned I-Drive 360 attractions, including your flight on the Orlando Eye, for FREE!

NOTE: Skeletons: Animals Unveiled! while situated within I-Drive 360, is not a Merlin-owned attraction.

Also on site at I-Drive 360 are popular chain and franchise restaurants including Outback Steakhouse, Carrabbas’ Italian Grill, Yard House, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Shake Shack, joined by unique establishments such as Tapa Toro, Naru, Paramount Fine Foods, and Sugar Factory. High energy entertainment is on tap at Tin Roof, and Cowgirl’s Rockbar featuring Orlando’s only mechanical bull.

Worried about parking? Not an issue! I-Drive 360 offers free parking in a massive brand spanking new on-site seven story covered parking structure featuring easy-in easy-out accessibility with unusually wide driving lanes, and equally wide parking spaces.

We at the WANZeGRAM found the entire 360 complex to be easy to access as well as esthetically pleasing and beautifully landscaped:

Photos by Wanzie

ORLANDO EYE
Grand Opening – Monday, May 4

Many Restaurants Are Now Operational

I-DRIVE 360
8445 International Drive

Orlando, FL   23819
Open Daily 10 AM – 2 AM

ORLANDO EYE
Operating Hours:

Mondays – Fridays 10 AM – 10 PM
Saturdays & Sundays - 10 AM – MIDNIGHT

Reservations and Advance-Purchase Discounted Tickets & Packages:

https://www.officialorlandoeye.com/tickets-prices/combination-tickets/

Special Screening of AGNES OF GOD at PH

Doug Ba’aser is producing the 10th Anniversary Revival Production of Wanzie’s DRAGNES OF GOD And The Naked Holy Ghost at this year’s Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival. The entire original cast will be reassembled for this auspicious remounting. Playwright Michael Wanzie will reprise his role as the addiction prone Mother Superior, Tommy Wooten will once again portray intrusive Dr. Livingston, and Doug will take the title role of the young and innocent novice named Agnes.

The parody lampoons the Tony Award winning drama and subsequent film of the same title – AGNES OF GOD.

The film, which stars Ann Bancroft in Wanzie’s role, Jane Fonda in Wooten’s role, and Meg Tilly in Doug’s, will be screened in the Footlight Theater as a fundraiser for the upcoming Fringe parody.

Wanzie, Doug, Tommy, and Dragnes’ director Kenny Howard will all be in attendance. In addition to the screening of the film, there will be live entertainment and a silent auction. And you won’t want to miss out on those “Blood of Christ” specialty shots that will be available from the bar at the screening.

While Wanzie’s stage parody stands on its own, there is certainly a delicious added level of enjoyment to be gleaned from the experience if one is familiar with the play and film on which the spoof is based. If haven’t seen the movie – or even if you have seen it - come see it, or see it again so that it’s fresh in your mind come Fringe time. Join the creators of DRAGNESS OF GOD for this one time screening of AGNES OF GOD enjoyed with your friends and colleagues from the Fringe community. It’s going to be a heavenly affair!

AGNES OF GOD

Fundraising Screening

To Benefit

DRAGNES OF GOD

And The Naked Holy Ghost

MONDAY, MAY 4

6 PM Cocktails & Auction Perusal

7 PM Show Time

FOOTLIGHT THEATRE
At The Parliament House
410 N. Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL   32805

$5 Minimum Suggested Donation
Cash at Door

Pictures of the Week

Doug’s B-day Celebration at Happy Hour Trivia:

Penny Creech and Kathy DiGangi got into the spirit of the festivities at The Parliament House’s Video Bar. Barbra Streisand attended via Skype.

 

WANZeGRAM recently visited boutique owner Ben Johansen at his embellish fx. in College Park:

What a Great Shop!

embellish fx.

“Orlando’s Premier Costume, Theatrical Makeup, and Special Effects Boutique”

For all your Fringe Festival Needs

2628 Edgewater Drive
Orlando, FL   32804

407.251.7110

www.embelishfx.com

Now On Sale In Our Box Office

FINAL SHOW SUNDAY

RESERVE NOW

3:30PM

CHRISTIAN KELTY   WANZIE
     MICHAEL MARRINACIO  ANTITRA PTICHARD
in

SIX SHOWS ONLY

Sundays Only - March 15 through April 19, 2015 – 3: PM

Very Limited Per-Show Capacity
Reservations Strongly Encouraged

$15 Advance/$20 day of show if available – cash-only at the door

RESERVE YOUR GUARANTEED ADMISSION NOW

JOE'S NYC BAR is a unique, interactive, and improvisational theatrical experience that transports its audience to a bar in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Popular Orlando watering hole, St. Matthew's Tavern, located in Orlando's Mils 50 District, will be utilized as the setting, complete with full-liquor service during each performance. This one of a kind theatrical experience is brimming with characters whose stories will compel viewers to become participants as they sit alongside and mingle with JOE's employees and clientele. JOE’s debuted as a part of the 2001 Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival, and went on to run from 2001-2004: 10 episodes, 76 performances, with a total of 43 SOLD OUT shows. Over 6,000 audience members saw the performances, and JOE’s employed over one hundred of Orlando’s finest actors, musicians, and visual artists who brought the show to life.

CAST:
Ten years later, JOE’s still has an excited audience base, and is returning with a stellar cast including the show's creator,
Christian Kelty along with Ali Flores, Trenell Mooring, John Connon, Jenn Gannon, Michael Marrinacio, Anitra Pritchard-Bryant, Glenn (Chrysanthemum) Pace, Simon Needham, and Wanzie. 

MUSICAL GUESTS:
Each of the six Sunday-Matinee-Only performances will feature a live musical act performing intermittently throughout the show:

March 15th - Tod Kimbro & Jeff Forte     March 22nd - Eugene Snowden (of The Legendary JC’s) & Friends

March 29th - Kayleigh  Baker     April 5th - Phil Longo     April 12th - Mad as Adam

April 19th - TBD

SEATING:
All tickets for JOE'S NYC BAR are General Admission Only. Choice of seating will be on a first come first served basis. All seating is on barstools. Although this venue is wheelchair accessible, please be advised that persons who cannot transfer to a barstool will have a very limited view of the action. Seating is quite limited. Advance online ticket purchase is essential. St. Matthew’s Tavern will open for seating/bar service 30 minutes prior to show time.

JOE’S NEW YORK CITY BAR

Sundays Only - March 15 through April 19, 2015 – 3:30 PM

ST. MATTHEW'S TAVERN
(Formerly PARADISE, SWANK, CACTUS CLUB, SILVER HAMMER)
1300 N. Mills Avenue
Orlando, FL 32803

$15 Advance/$20 day of show if available – cash-only at the door

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Now Playing
Friday, April 17
DAVID SEDARIS
Bob Carr Theater

$40-$50
https://www.drphillipscenter.org

Friday, April 17
Jack & Margo Dixon Host
HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT RALLY
Hammered Lamb

5:30 -7:00 PM
FREE

Sunday, April 19
BOB DYLAN
Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts
Walt Disney Theater

$63.25 - $93.75
https://www.drphillipscenter.org

Through April 19
THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
Mad Cow Theatre

$36.75
407.297.8788
http://www.madcowtheatre.com

Through April 19
THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
Mad Cow Theatre

$11 - $36.75
407.297.8788

Sundays Only through April 19
JOES NYC BAR
St. Matthew’s Tavern

$15 Advance/$20 at Door, if available
http://www.wanziepresents.com

Through April 19
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
Seminole State College Fine Arts Theatre
$10
407.708.2040

Through April 20
REDLIGHT
Adult Musical Revue
Breakthrough Theatre
$12-$20
407.920.4034

Through April 24
BABY BLUE’S REVUE
The Venue
$15 - $25
407.412.6895
http://www.thevenueorlando.com

Through April 25
GUYS & DOLLS
Annie Russell Theatre at Rollins College

$25
407.646.2145

Through April 26
SOUTH PACIFIC
Central Florida Community Arts

$15-$18
407.937.1800
http://cfcarts.com/events/

Through April 26
NOISES OFF
Osceola Arts Center
$15-$22
407.846.6257
http://osceolaarts.org

Through April 26
JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH
Orlando Shakes

$9-$15
407.447.1700
www.OrlandoShakes.org

Through May 3
BAD DOG
Orlando Shakes

$10-$45
407.447.1700
www.OrlandoShakes.org

Through May 9
PUTTING IT TOGETHER
Winter Park Playhouse

$18-$38
407.645.0145
http://www.winterparkplayhouse.org

Through May 17
SHREK: The Musical TYA
(Edited production for children)
Orlando Repertory Theatre

$18
407.896.7365

With 16 concerts lighting up the stage; 1.8 million beads flying through the air; a wild and wonderful parade led by amazing, outrageous performers, and great food—Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando® is Florida‘s Biggest Party.

The Mardi Gras concerts, parade and French Quarter bands are included with your Annual Pass or Universal Studios® Admission.

  • Saturday, April 18, 8:30 PM: Trey Songz

Through May 17

EPCOT

Included With Regular Theme Park Admission
One-Day Ticket $97
GARDEN ROCKS Weekends Concert Series:
April 17-22: JOHN SECEDA
April 24-26: THE GUESS WHO
May 1-3: TAYLOR DANE
May 8–10: LITTLE RIVER BAND
May 15–17: HERMAN’S HERMITS Starring PETER NOONE
All Performances on stage at
THE AMERICA GARDENS THEATRE
Amphitheater situated directly across from
The American Adventure attraction on the far side of
Epcot’s World Showcase Lagoon
5:30 PM 6:45 PM 8:30 PM
All Performances Included With Regular Theme Park Admission

THEATER – ORLANDO FRINGE TKTS NOW ON SALE!
Tickets to all shows being presented at the 2015 Orlando International Fringe Festival are now on sale!

If you think it’s too early to begin ordering tickets, think again. Last year saw more sold out shows than any year in the 24-year history of the Festival. Organizers are expecting as many as 10 thousand additional attendees over last year’s 50 thousand-person head count.

Popular shows will sell out. Start planning now.

NEW BOX OFFICES FOR 2015

Don’t care to do the online thing? Want to get you tickets in person, in advance, and save yourself the hassle of waiting in lines to claim your tickets at the Festival? Well, as of this writing, you can stop by the all new Pre-Festival Box Office operating five days a week from within the Orlando Fringe administrative offices on Alden Road less than a mile from Loch Haven Park, for all your ticketing needs. There you may speak to a live representative. You may purchase single tickets, or one of the 250 discounted 10-Paks (while supplies last). You may also purchase your required Fringe Buttons while there, and pick up a Master Program. The best part is, you’ll leave with actual tickets in hand, not exchange vouchers, totally eliminating your need to stand in line at on-site box offices. With your button and program also in hand, you can arrive at the Festival totally ready to fringe, which, by the way, we are told, “Anyone” can do.

Fringe will also be adding an additional on-site box office to be situated inside the Orlando Museum of Art which, is home to two new performance venues debuting at the 2015 Festival. This year you will be able to purchase tickets to all shows at box offices situated within Orlando Shakes, Orlando Repertory Theater, and Orlando Museum of Art.

Online ticket sales are also now up and running.

General Online Overview of All Shows and Ticketing:

http://orlandofringe.org

WALK-UP PRE-FESTIVAL BOX OFFICE

(Leave with all your tickets in hand)

Monday through Friday
11 AM – 3 PM

FRINGE OFFICES
1605 Alden Road
Orlando, FL   32903

 

POLITICAL – HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT RALLY
On Sunday, April 12, 2015, Hillary Clinton made the long-awaited announcement that she is running for President. Now it’s time to get together and celebrate this historic event and show your support for Hillary as she starts out on her journey to finally break that glass ceiling with its 18 million cracks, and become the first woman President of the United States of America.

You are invited to share the excitement and get organized to help stave off the near-lunatic, religiously-motivated, conservative, and downright ridiculous Republican Presidential hopefuls while helping Hillary win the White House. Come to The Hammered Lamb tomorrow, Friday, April 17, straight form the office (for those of you lucky enough to have office hours), and meet up and party with other energized Hillary supporters and local politicians. Organizers promise this event will not be stogy, but rather a thrown down party-like celebration with like-minded friends, acquaintances, and politicos in an upbeat fun atmosphere, while building a grass roots coalition to assist Hillary in becoming the 45th President of the United States.

Greater Orlando Team Hillary (GOTH) & The Hammered Lamb

Proudly Sponsor

HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT RALLY & PARTY

Hosted by
Jack & Margo Dixon

&
The Hammered Lambanites

 TOMORROW

Friday, April 17 - 5:30 – 7:30 PM

 THE HAMMERED LAMB
1235 N. Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL   32804

THEATER  - THE WOMEN
The gays have made the 1939 movie version of this Clare Boothe Luce play into a cult classic. “Catty” and “campy” and “smart” and “clever” are all adjectives that do little to exemplify the spitfire dialogue and sharped-tongued steeliness of the highly entertaining “females” Boothe Luce has created for this high society-based comedy that is simply hilarious to the ear. The plot involves the efforts of a group of women to play their respective roles in an artificial society that consists of vanity, comedy, tragedy, hope, and disappointment, with man troubles and relationship issues always in the forefront. Aside from the novelty of its involving a large cast of women (25 actresses to be exact), THE WOMEN is an immensely entertaining panorama of our modern metropolitan world from the feminine viewpoint. As the movie poster tag line offered, “THE WOMEN – IT’S ALL ABOUT MEN!” - the joke being that while the story revolves around the men in the lives of its characters, not a single male appeared in the film or in this stage play on which the original mostly black and white film (as well as the poorly updated 2008 remake) was based. Seldom produced by community and regional theaters because of its very large cast (by non-musical standards) along with its multiple settings and never ending costume plot, THE WOMEN is making its Central Florida debut at The Princess Theatre being produced by The Cornerstone Theater Company. Among its many actresses are at least three WANZeGRAM Subscriber friends; Jessica Hoehn, Karen Good, and Carol Adubato.

Central Florida Premiere!

THE WOMEN

By Clare Boothe Luce

April 16 to May 3, 2015

Thursdays at 7 PM
Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM
Sundays at 2 PM

THE PRINCESS THEATER
115 West 1st Street
Sanford, FL  32771

$20/$15 Students
407.494.8474

CornerstoneTheatreCompany.com

Coming Attractions

& Bob Carr Theater

Attractions printed in RED have been recently added to this listing

BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA
Touring Productions:

PIPPIN
April 21 – April 26

ANYTHING GOES
May 26 – 31

I LOVE LUCY: LIVE ON STAGE
June 23 – 28

OTHER PLAYS & MUSICALS:

Gen Y Productions
THE FLICK
Directed by Kenny Howard

SHOWS FOR CHILDREN:

Orlando Ballet’s
MAGICAL PRINCESS DOLL

Park Maitland School’s
SHREK

DINOSAUR TRAIN LIVE     CHUGGINGTON LIVE
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA-SYMPHONY OF THE GODESS

VARIETY / BALLET / SYMPHONY

GARY GULMAN      MYTH BUSTERS     JUSTON FIRSTENFELD

Orlando Philharmonic
PUCCINI’S TOSCA

Orlando Ballet
COPPELIA

MOVE LIVE ON TOUR

with superstar siblings
JULIANNE & DERICK HUGH

BIG STARS:

SERGIO MENDES     DAVID SEDARIS     BOB DYLAN     IRA GLASS     IDINA MENZEL

Details & Reservations:
www.
DrPhillipsCenter.org

844.513.2014

Box office hours 10 AM - 4 PM
Monday – Friday (Closed on holidays and weekends)

In the following area you will find opening dates for future attractions so you may plan ahead. Emboldened listings indicate events added as of this edition of your Gram. Shows and Events opening tonight through this coming Monday are listed in the NOW PLAYING section of this edition of your Gram.

April 21 PIPPIN Dr. Philips Center For The Performing Arts
April 24 ORLANDO CABARET FESTIVAL Mad Cow

April 27

Robert & Andrea Stack
DOUBLE STACK

The Abbey

May 1

PETER PAN

The Garden Theater

  AND THEN THERE WERE NONE Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center
May 4 SARA JONES The Abbey

May 8

LEGALLY BLONDE The Musical

Osceola Arts Center

  AN EVENING OF TENNESEE WILLIAMS Queens Head Theatre

May 16

AGNES OF GOD

Osceola Arts Center

 

A Note From Wanzie

On this coming Tuesday, April 21, I will be among the many local semi-luminaries who will step behind the bar at SAVOY for an hour-long bar tending shift to raise funds for THE CENTER, Orlando’s LGBTQ Community Center.

The annual Celebrity Bar Tender Night at Savoy is an event where everyone works for free, and donates 100% of their gratuities to THE CENTER. Since I’ll be bartending at HAPPY HOUR TRIVIA WITH WANZIE & DOUG at PH just prior, both Doug Ba’aser and I will have later shifts at SAVOY. Doug will finish up Trivia at 9 PM as usual, and will run over to SAVOY for a 10 – 11 PM shift. After I clean up at PH and reconcile my cash drawer and credit card receipts, I’ll hot foot it over to SAVOY for the final hour of celeb bartending from 11 PM to midnight.

It’s a competition of sorts to see who might raise the most funds, so working that final hour could be a good thing (seriously drunk people caught up in the spirit of the occasion and tipping more than they will wish that they had come the following morning), or a bad thing (everyone tapped out financially from tipping all the previous celebs bartending during the earlier hours). Then, of course, there’s my delicate condition to be considered; I can barely stand after 5 five hours of bending down and up, down and up, to reach those lower (and they are really low in the PH Video Bar) bottles in my ongoing effort to dramatically and artistically dispense those famous PH generous pours with exceptional costumer service and my trademark “Squeeze & Toss Hook Shot.” Thank Christ in a side car the bottles at SAVOY are at eye level and above, or I wouldn’t be able to fulfill my agreed upon fundraising duties. I’m told I’ll be sharing that 11 to midnight time slot with fellow volunteer celeb bartenders Billy Huelsman, Nayte Carrick, and Addison Taylor, whomever they might be.

Anyways – if you’re a SAVOY regular, please be extra generous on Tuesday. If you don’t usually frequent SAVOY, what better night than a night of fun and painless fundraising for a good cause to cause you to take the plunge.

Those folks bartending earlier in the night (the festivities begin at 7 PM with bartenders changing hourly on the hour) are going to have plenty of patrons, me thinks, so I encourage you to come and enjoy TRIVIA with Doug and me at the PH (6:15 – 9 PM) as usual, be thoroughly entertained, eat free stuff, and win great prizes, and then we can all make the pilgrimage to the fundraiser as the declared Parliament House Trivia Contingency.

Hope to see you out on Tuesday!

I’m WANZIE And That’s All I Wrote!

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