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What a dog of a film! The trailers made it seem as though this was going to be an old school Disney 1960’s madcap screwball comedy. However, that would require the film to be funny, which this film most definitely was not regardless of how hard and how obviously they tried to be so. For God’s sake, in addition to Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner, this film had Meagan (Will & Grace) Mullally and Jennifer (Best In Show) Coolidge in it; how could it not be funny? Well, it wasn’t! It was a sophomoric script that gave the audience no credit for having a brain, and terrible misdirection.

Kerris Dorsey, who played young Paige on TV’s Brothers and Sisters, can be added to the long list of child actors who cannot transition into the craft as an adult. Oh dear God how Kerris stunk up the Cineplex with some of the worst acting I’ve ever seen a principle player fart out on the silver screen. Young Ed Oxenblood was charming as the 12 year-old title character, and Dylan Minnette was totally engaging as Alexander’s hot, older brother. But no amount of charm or good looks could compensate for such a horrible, horrible screenplay. As a comedy, the movie failed miserably. Not even a good rainy day rental. An absolute bomb.
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Plan Ahead for PlayFest 2014 At Orlando Shakes

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF dares audiences to take a risk on new plays at PlayFest from November 1 - 3, 2014. Presented by Harriett’s Charitable Trust, the fast-paced weekend is packed with lively discussions, engaging playwright panels, and new play readings, along with a keynote speech from playwright Mark St. Germain​. This season’s event marks the twelfth festival of new plays at the Theater.

PlayFest is a nationally recognized program, representing one of the strongest commitments to new plays in the United States. Since it’s inception in 2003, PlayFest has helped nurture and develop over 100 new plays – many of which have received subsequent productions in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. Audience favorites from PlayFest are hand-selected and developed into full productions in the Theater’s Signature Season.

PlayFest Readings

MOSES, THE AUTHOR
By Andrew R. Heinze
Saturday, November 1 at 12 PM

Directed by Jason Loewith - Artistic Director, Olney Theatre Center for the Arts
Once God has given Moses word that he will die, Moses must scramble to finish the Good Book. A comedy of farcical proportions, Moses, the Author, shows us how the Old Testament could have been written while gently poking fun at modern conceptions of religion. And we look at Moses as a creative force—a writer with the ultimate editor.

CAST: Mark Ferrera, Meghan Moroney, Karel K. Wright, Christopher Joel Onken, and Charlie A. Wright

ALL THAT IS SEEN AND UNSEEN
By Rob Keefe
Saturday, November 1 at 3 PM
Directed by Eleanor Holdridge - Head of MFA Directing Program, The Catholic University of America

All That is Seen and Unseen is a fantastical journey of the constructs of third world democracy, American foreign relations, and the bitter pressures of marriage, parenting, and adoption. Teetering between drama, comedy, and suspense, Keefe masterfully explores modern issues through relatable and fallible human beings.

CAST: Sheryl Carbonell, Riley Clermont, Avis-Marie, Corey Allen, and Jean-Michel Rousseau.

DANCING LESSONS
By Mark St. Germain
Saturday, November 1 at 8 PM
Directed by Jim Helsinger - Artistic Director, Orlando Shakespeare Theater

When a socially awkward professor is forced to attend an awards ceremony where he has to dance, he seeks out an injured Broadway dancer for help. As their relationship unfolds, they’re caught off-guard by the surprising discoveries – both hilarious and heartwarming – that they make about each other. Mark St. Germain brings us a modern odd couple, telling a comic love story while exploring the reality of disabilities, autism, and Asperger’s disorder.

CAST: Ginger Lee McDermott and Philip Nolen

ANNIE JUMP AND THE LIBRARY OF HEAVEN
B
y Reina Hardy
Sunday, November 2 at 12 Noon
Directed by Michael Marinaccio - Festival Producer, Orlando International Fringe Festival

Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven is an exploration of the fine line between insanity and belief, and the human capacity to comprehend something truly greater than ourselves. Told through the eyes of a very special fourteen year old girl, Hardy’s piece interweaves humor, tragedy, and suspense with a great deal of intellect and whimsy.

CAST: Sarah Caroline Billings, Eric Pinder, AJ Nickell, Angela R. Damato, and Liz Mignacca.  

GLOUCESTER BLUE
By Israel Horovitz
Sunday, November 2 at 4 PM
Directed by Mark Routhier - Director of New Play Development, Orlando Shakespeare Theater

On the coast of Massachusetts, an extreme home remodeling leads to a darkly comedic conflict of morality. As Stumpy and Latham, two dirtbag townies, attempt to repair a home, it becomes evident the problems lie more with the homeowners than with the house itself. When sex is involved, who really has the power, and how do they wield it?

CAST: Dan Bright, Gene D'Alessandro, Lisa K. Bryant, and Kenny Babel.

THERE BE DRAGONS
By Aleshea Harris
Sunday, November 2 at 7 PM
Directed by Be Boyd - Associate Professor, Theatre UCF

Once upon a time in a land far, far away, an urban assembly of characters created a very modern fairytale. Complete with a queen, milkmaid, guard, cobbler, and dwarf, Harris paints a recognizable landscape colored with modern language, humor, and if all goes well, a wedding.

CAST: Jamil Mangan, Trenell Mooring, Danielle Reneč, Ahmed Brooks, Joshua Goodridge, Raleigh Mosely, Gordon Adams, Steve Olivier, and Waneka Leary/Cherise James/Brianna Joseph.

BLACKBERRY WINTER
By Steve Yockey
Monday, November 3 at 7 PM
Directed by Ryan Rilette - Artistic Director, Round House Theatre

Forced to deal with a mother suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, Vivienne shares her journey from the moment of diagnosis to the present. Accompanied by an origin story of her own creation, Vivienne invites the audience into the world of this strange and debilitating disease. Yockey attacks difficult subject matter through a wild and beautifully creative lens.

CAST: Suzanne O'Donnell, Jennifer Christa Palmer, and John Connon.

PLAYFEST SPECIAL EVENTS

Keynote Speaker: Mark St. Germain
Saturday, November 1 at 7 PM
Keynote address by award-winning playwright, Mark St. Germain (Freud's Last Session and The Best of Enemies)

FREE!

Playwright Panel with Nan Barnett
Sunday, November 2 at 2:15 PM
Nan Barnett, Executive Director of the National New Play Network, discusses the new play landscape in America, from NNPN, the New Play Exchange, and beyond.

All Events

JOHN AND RITA LOWNDES SHAKESPEARE CENTER
Loch Haven Cultural Park
812 East Rollins Street
Orlando, FL  32803
 

Individual PlayFest Readings
$8

 PlayFest Festival Passes
$35

 407.447.1700 ext. 1

www.orlandoshakes.org

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Now Playing

Through October 31
PHANTASMAGORIA V “DEATH COMES FOR ALL”

Orlando Shakes
$20/$15 Student & Senior/$25 VIP ($30 Halloween night)
407.328.9005 – Will Call Cash Only At Door
Credit Card Purchases:
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Through November 1

Theatre Downtown
$22/$18 Seniors & Students
407.841.0083

Watch this KILLER teaser: http://vimeo.com/108034192

Saturday, November 1
WANZIE’S BIG FAT MOVING SALE

Wanzie’s Apartment: 6714 Nina Rosa Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Free Beer & Bloody Marys
8 AM-2 PM

Through November 2
THE WHO’S TOMMY
Mad Cow

$17- $36.75
www.madcowtheatre.com

Monday, November 3
Monday Cabaret Series
JENNICA MCCLEARY: UNDERAGE SENIOR CITIZEN

The Abbey
$10

November 10 – 8 PM: Tod Kimbro: Closet Broadway Star

Through November 16
THE BEST OF ENEMIES
Orlando Shakes

407.447.1700
www.orlandoshakes.org

November 17 – 8 PM: Miss Carol Lee & Matthew Arter in You’ve Caught Me Again!

Through November 10

EPCOT Park – Walt Disney World

Included with required regular theme park admission / food and wine costs extra

REMAINING SHOWS:
EAT TO THE BEAT CONCERT SERIES

During Epcot International Food & Wine Festival:

October 29 through October 31
Dennis DeYoung from STYX

November 1 & 2
38 SPECIAL

November 3 through November 5
BOYZ II MEN

November 6 through November 7
DAVID COOK

November 8 through November 10
BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY

All Concerts are FREE with regular theme park admission and are presented three times nightly:

5:30PM 6:45PM 8PM

THE AMERICAN GARDENS AMPHITHEATER
Situated across from THE AMERICAN ADVENTURE attraction
on the far side of World Showcase

EAT TO THE BEAT
Dining Packages
Include a sit-down meal in your choice of Epcot restaurants
And
Reserved Seating for concert on that dame day:
https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/epcot/food-wine-eat-to-the-beat-dinner-package/

For Complete Festival Details
Including Featured Countries/Regions and their Tapas Menus & Wine Pairings, VIP Tours, Tastings, Celebrity Chef Demonstrations, Book Signings and Special Events:
https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/epcot/epcot-international-food-and-wine-festival/

MOVING SALE – WANZIE SELLING ALL KINDS OF SHIT!
As our own Wanzie prepares to become a Downtown Orlando Dweller as of December, he is having a moving sale at his apartment this very weekend, and is selling all kinds of stuff: 

Contemporary Bakers Rack with Wooden Counter Surface

 Contemporary Wine Rack with Wooden Counter Surface

 Rattan Swivel TV Stand

Apartment-Sized Sofa 

 Accent Table/Desk & Chair 

    Side Table with Drawer

 Large & Small Credenzas

 Collapsible Curio Shelving

 Reproductions of Classic Metal Advertising Signs

 Misc. Decorative Items     Dishes     Glassware   DVD’s

 Area Rugs   Books  

 50 COLLECTABLE PLATES

IN PRISTINE CONDITION
In Original Packaging

AVON    FRANKLIN MINT  LENNOX  &  MANY OTHERS

Christmas Motifs   Movies   Historical

Norman Rockwell    Patriotic 

 Depression Glass

 Coca-Cola Branded Items

 Vintage Purses

 Miscellaneous Crap

 Everything Priced to Go!

 WANZIE’S  BIG  FAT MOVING  SALE

 Saturday,,November 1

 8 AM – 2 PM

 6714 Nina Rosa Drive
Orlando, Florida   32819

 FREE BEER & BLOODY MARYS

For WANZeGRAM Subscribers

While supplies last

 

CABARET – MOONLIGHT MAGIC with CAROL STEIN
Carol's travels as a musician have spanned the globe including Carnegie Hall in New York, Montreux Palace in Switzerland, The Oasis Lounge in Hong Kong, and Walt Disney World. She has experience as a studio musician, has recorded four solo albums, and enjoys composing and spontaneously arranging musical pieces during live performances. She has been honored as the guest solo artist with the Space Coast Pops Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Richard Hayman, performing her own compositions and orchestral arrangements. 

After many years performing as the resident musician for the improvisation troupe at The Comedy Warehouse on Pleasure Island, Carol currently performs as a solo artist, in a jazz quintet, and as the “Hat Lady Pianist” at the world-famous Rose and Crown Pub at the United Kingdom Pavilion in EPCOT Center.

The Winter Park Playhouse
Spotlight Cabaret Series

CAROL STEIN

MOONLIGHT MAGIC

Wednesday & Thursday

October 29 & 30

7:30 PM

THE WINTER PARK PLAYHOUSE
711 Orange Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789

$18/One drink minimum

Once tickets are sold out, a limited number of standing room tickets are available for $10.

407.645.0145 www.winterparkplayhouse.org

HEATER - PHANTASMAGORIA V
PHANTASMAGORIA V “Death Comes For All”
 thunders on to the Mandell Stage at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center with all new stories, and all new large scale puppetry interacting with live actors, “Phantastical” dance, live music, explosive stage combat, and haunting storytelling!

Join Phantasmagoria’s evocative troupe of storytellers, dancers, and chorus as they embark on their most dangerous chapter yet and journey through tales of terror from diverse authors such as Edgar Allan Poe’s “Pit and the Pendulum,” Lewis Carroll’s “Hunting of the Snark,” Charles Dickens’ “Captain Murderer,” and many others including horrific folk tales, legends, and myths from around the world!

Under the creation and direction of John DiDonna, with co- direction by Seth Kubersky, Alea Figueroa, and Kevin G.Becker, the choreography of Mila Makarova and Dion Leonhard, fight direction by Bill Warriner, and all new original music and soundscapes by Les Caulfield, lighting by Hatem Habashi, costumes by Shelly Henriott (with original designs by Jennifer Bonner), projections by Dana Mott, with photography from Kristen Wheeler, and  graphic design by Ryan McKenzie, this new installment provides a truly “Phantasmagorical” way to spend a macabre, whimsical, and terrifying Halloween!

Phantasmagoria Orlando/John DiDonna Productions

PHANTASMAGORIA V

“DEATH COMES FOR ALL”

Now Playing Through October 31
Friday, Saturday & Sunday Evenings

Special Monday Night Performances 
October 20 & 27

All Shows 8:30 PM
Box Office opens at 7:50PM/Doors 8:15 PM

LOWNDES SHAKESPEARE CENTER
The Mandell Theatre
Loch Haven Cultural Park
(Mills & Princeton)
Orlando, FL

$20/$15 Student & Seniors

Will Call cash only at the door:
407.328.9005

Credit card orders:
www.OrlandoAtPlay.com

Coming Attractions
In this section 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.

Opening December 26 at the
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

TICKETS NOW ON SALE
www.DrPhillipsCenter.org
844.513.2014

November 1 PLAYFEST Orlando Shakes
November 2 SUSAN BOYLE in Concert King Center
November 7 BEATNIK 2 The Venue
  DRIVING MISS DAISY Osceola Center For The Performing Arts
November 10 TOD KIMBRO: CLOSET BROADWAY STAR The Abbey
November 8 T.J. DAWE - MARATHON The Venue
November 14 I & YOU Mad Cow
November 17 Miss Carol Lee & Matthew Arter: You’ve Caught Me Again The Abbey
November 18 MIKE BIRBIGLIA Hard Rock Live!
  JAMES TAYLOR Amway Center
November 21 ANNIE GET YOUR GUN Sonnentag Theatre at the Ice House
November 25 Mellissa Etheridge Hard Rock Live!
December 6

LIGHT UP THE COURTYARD

Parliament House
December 8

Fringe Lottery & MERRY FRINGIN’ CHRISTMAS Show

Orlando Shakes

 

A Note From Wanzie

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