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Thursday, May 26, 2016

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EARLY SHOW – 4 PM TOMORROW, FRIDAY, MAY 27

NO PARKING HASSLES AT 4 PM!

Monday Movie Review

There’s no point in discussing movies this week -

YOU SHOULD BE FRINGE-ING!

www.OrlandoFringe.org

What The Critics Are Saying

The namesake of this e-publication had a hand in bringing to the stage three 2016 Orlando Fringe shows. Folks seem to like all three. Even the critics:

About THE ANIMATRONICANS:

“In the attractions of the 2016 Fringe Festival, Jeff Jones ‘Animatronicans’ takes the E-ticket…Jones and James Keaton, as Dream Finder and the light-in-the-loafers bear, have a twinkle in the eye that lets the audience share the jokes with them. Doug Baaser and Josh Siniscalco, as Carousel Dad and Lincoln, play it straight – and are even funnier…As directed by Michael Wanzie, they maintain the not-quite-normal movements watched by millions of vacationers every year. For a Central Floridian, its comic bliss…I could go on about the perfect music cues, a fun turn by Janine Klein, the unbelievable costumes, and the scrupulous attention to detail…Heck, this show even makes cheap shots at the ubiquitous “Frozen” funny again. Mickey might be cringing, but the rest of us will be laughing our mouse ears off.” - Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel

The Animatronicans is sold out...however stay tuned
it's coming to the Abbey!

About IN CLOSE QUARTERS: A STORY OF LOVE AND WAR

While it may be safe to say that almost any show Michael Wanzie puts on is worth seeing, you wont want to miss going to see this one, simply because it could easily win this years “Best Show” award or “Best Drama” award. Many associate Wanzie shows with comedic plot lines, musical parodies, or over-the-top productions, but IN CLOSE QUARTERS: A Story of Love and War breaks that mold, and it does it in all the best ways….Zachary Lane who plays Matthew, and Harrison Flanders who plays James, do an amazing job…The twist will leave you walking out of the Silver Venue thinking and talking about the show for the rest of the evening. - Samantha Rosenthal, WATERMARK

“Nearly everyone in the theater was sniffling or outright crying as the show wound down. While we note Mr. Wanzie for his draggy comedies, he is capable of so much more, and here he gives us one of the strongest dramas of the season. - Carl F. Gauze, Archikulture Digest

Michael Wanzie's ‘In Close Quarters’ weaves a compellingly claustrophobic dramatic taleIt’s the stuff of high drama… Surprisingly movingThe tension ratchets up when one of the soldiers confesses he's gay…Other twists and turns follow, which make the story more about human relationships than a more run-of-the-mill plea for tolerance…Director Chris Yakubchik mitigates any weaknesses with a steady hand. The youth of actors Harrison Flanders and Zachary Lane helps make their characters' actions more credible. When they need to turn on the big emotions, they deliver…Douglas White's set makes the large Silver venue more intimate, and Rich Charron's musical underscore augments the work's sense of urgency. Bring a tissue. You'll leave with a tear-stained face, an open heart, and a deeper appreciation of the unsung heroes in your life who always have your back.” - Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel

In Close Quarters is one of the most serious, searing dramas I've ever seen on the Silver Venue stage. Both of Wanzie's characters possess multiple layers that transcend any dated "queers in the military" clichés, and under director Chris Yakubchik, the shifts from tenderness to violence are devastatingly effective….whether you are gay, straight or simply human, the final Pietà pose will have you wiping away tears. - Seth Kubursky, Orlando Weekly

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About TAFFY AND TONYA LIVE AT THE RAMADA INN KEY WEST

Classy. Sophisticated. Elegant. These are not words one would use to describe Taffy and Tonya…A word you definitely would use, though, is “hilarious.” Doug Baaser (Taffy) and Rich Kuntz (Tonya) burst onto the stage made up to look like a cheap lounge in the Key West Ramada Inn…The girls look tired – hair teased to the heavens and make-up painted on thick – and better days have been before them, but they are going to power through and entertain the audience, and that they do.

Directed by Michael Wanzie (where does he find the time?), the show is filled with the raunchy, tasteless, and heartwarming humor that we have all come to expect and love from the likes of Baaser, Kuntz, and Wanzie. Do not miss this show, and make sure you bring those dollar bills. Peaches needs to eat!” - Jeremy Williams, WATERMARK

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Fringe Corner

VIEW THE 2016 MASTER PROGRAM ONLINE RIGHT NOW!

You may flip through an electronic version of the master Fringe Program page by page right now:

http://orlandofringe.org/2016-program/

TICKETS FOR ALL 2016 ORLANDO FRINGE SHOWS
ARE NOW ON SALE:

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Did You Know?

THE FOOTLIGHT THEATRE
At The Parliament House Resort

Is an Official Fringe 2016 BYOVenue?

OK, so maybe you did know that. But here’s something kinda nifty you might not know:

THE PARLIAMENT HOUSE IS PROVIDING
COMPLIMENTARY SHUTTLE SERVICE

Between The Main Festival Grounds and The PH Resort/Footlight Theater on Select Days!

(Always plenty of FREE parking at the PH)

Ain’t that some shit?

For a complete Footlight Theater Orlando Fringe Line-Up including, but certainly not limited to, command encore performances of
NAKED BOYS SINGING

And a complete shuttle schedule, log onto

www.ParliamentHouse.com

Wanzie’s
IN CLOSE QUARTERS

A Story of Love and War

Remaining Show Times:

Friday - May 27     4:00

Saturday - May 28     9:15

Sunday - May 29         1:15

All times are PM.  Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival. Silver Venue - Orlando Repertory Theater - Loch Haven Cultural Park, Orlando. $11 with Fringe Button:

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SAVOY IS BYOVenue for
FRINGE CABARET ARTISTS!

SAVOY, which is conveniently located mere moments for the main Festival grounds at 1913 N. Orange Avenue - just a few doors north of White Wolf Cafe - is playing host to Cabaret At Orlando Fringe 2016”.

BECKY’S FUN TIME HOUR

Inaugural-year Fringe veteran and former 4-H club member Rebecca Fisher (Lion Queen, Dream Express, Fish Tales And Swan Songs, Miss Bird Is Singing) returns to delight and entertain with song, parody, and sassy costume changes – joyfully slipping into a variety of female archetypes in this solo cabaret. Steve MacKinnon (Orlando Shakes Spamalot) is Musical Director/Accompanist. Cocktails available during show!

ONLY 2 performances remain:

  • Friday, May 27:        8:30 PM

  • Saturday, May 28:   4 PM

$10 with Fringe Button:

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WON-DUHH-WOMAN

Carol Adubado made her Orlando Fringe debut in 2014 in Wanzie’s  THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME (Patrons Pick Award), and she thought, “Well, poo, maybe I could write a show too,” and so she did. In ONE-DUHH-WOMAN Carol takes a tongue-in-cheek look at “Awards Season,” and invites you to come along on her journey saying,  ‘Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a night to remember!”

ONLY 2 performances remain:

  • Friday, May 27 - 6:30 PM

  • Saturday May - 28 6 PM

$10 with Fringe Button:

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FUTURE FUNDAMENTALS

Three outrageously talented singer-actors explore the future fundamentals now on your Spotify playlist from Amy Winehouse’s B-Sides to Pearl Jam to Louis Armstrong, and weave those songs into funny, sensitive tapestries of storytelling. Connecting with each song on a visceral level, Braillard, Smith, and Galiardo offer their perspective on the songs that will remain vital in the decades to come.

ONLY 2 performances remain:

  • TONIGHT Thursday, May 26 - 8:30 PM   

  • Saturday, May 28 – 2 PM 

$8 With Fringe Button:

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Join WANZIE for the
SAVOY TRIFECTA
On Saturday, May 28

Get out of the heat and hunker down at SAVOY where you can enjoy all three Savoy BYOVenue Fringe shows back to back without ever leaving the air conditioned comfort of the complex. Just enough time between shows to stretch your legs and chat with friends, or perhaps grab a bite from the food truck parked right outside the door; then bring your chow back inside and eat at a table that’s not out in the heat of the day. Wanzie is seeing all three shows this day, and hopes many Subscriber friends might do likewise:

SATURDAY, MAY 28 AT SAVOY:

2 PM: FUTURE FUNDAMENTALS

4 PM: BECKY’S FUN TIME HOUR

6 PM: WON-DUHH-WOMAN

Monday, May 30

CLOSING CEREMONY & FABBY AWARDS

Outdoor Stage - Loch Haven Park

9:30 PM

FREE Event - No Ticket or Reservation Required

Wanzie Presents & D Squared Productions are pleased to welcome our very first show sponsors for our upcoming production at the 2016 Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival tons of gratitude to our

Huge Thanks To

For supplying IN CLOSE QUARTERS with authentic Vietnam war artifacts, gear, props, scenic elements, uniforms, and an M16 combat rifle!

PLATINUM TITLE SPONSOR

Huge thanks to our

GOLD TITLE SPONSOR

Much appreciation to our

SILVER SPONSORS

Loads of thanks to our

BRONZE SPONSORS

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PLAN TO SEE

Wanzie Presents & D Squared Productions

IN  CLOSE  QUARTERS

A Story of Love & War
Written by
MICHAEL WANZIE

Original Musical Underscoring by
RICH CHARRON

Directed by
CHRIS YAKUBCHIK

Starring
HARRISON FLANDERS   &   ZACHARY LANE

Costumes and Sets by
D Squared Productions

Coming In May to a Fringe Festival Near You!

Silver Venue

Picture(s) of the Week

WANZIE’s 2016 FRINGE BEAUTIES:

Orlando Fringe Board President Joyce Arbucias and daughter Grabriella Juliet at 2016 Orlando Fringe Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Officially Inducted into the Pumpkin Patch during Orlando Fringe 2015, The Impishly Handsome Manboy of Magic, Keith Brown returns this year with “A MAGIC SHOW”. Clever boy that Keith.

Sweet-as-can-be Michael Powers is this year’s Orlando Fringe Man On The Scene, sprinting between venues like a jack rabbit, putting out fires and coming to the rescue of techs in need. Amy Hadley’s new Assistant Technical Director is not only talented, fast, and effective at what he does, he is never without a smile on his face, an adorable glint in the eye of that adorable face, and ever-ready with a generous hug. Michael is the leading contender for this year’s official Orlando Fringe 2016 Pumpkin Patch Inductee.

We've Got Mail
Dear Wanzie
What shows have you personally seen (other than those with which you’re involved) at Orlando Fringe 2016 that you feel were so outstanding you would not want your WANZeGRAM subscriber friends to miss seeing them?
John Q. Public

Dear John,
FROM BROADWAY TO OBSCURITY
SIMPLETON - THE DONALD TRUMP MUSICAL
VarieTEASE CARNIVALE
FRUIT FLIES LIKE A BANANA
Wanzie

Short Takes

Wanzie-selected Out Takes favorites from Seth Kubursky’s list of

20 Memorable Moments
in Orlando Fringe
History

As Featured In Orlando Weekly:

1994: Wanzie's first Fringe
Prolific producer-playwright Michael Wanzie's campy comedies have become synonymous with Fringe, but his first Fringe outing was the intimate wartime drama In Close Quarters, which he's reviving this year. Without it we might never have seen Wanzie's The Lion Queen, which remains the Festival's all-time top seller.”
- Seth Kubursky, Orlando Weekly

2000: Tod Kimbro gets LOUD
Zombie Doorman
in 1997 was the first Fringe show from Orlando's multitalented Tod Kimbro, but it was his ambitious 1999 teen terrorism musical LOUD that really grabbed my attention. LOUD is still crying for a full-scale revival, but Kimbro has become a key Fringe figure in the decades since.

2000: Naked Guy nearly nixed
In one of Fringe's most notorious incidents, the Oops Guys (Fiely Matias and Dennis Giacino, who later created the hit Bitches of the Kingdom, aka Disenchanted!) were threatened with arrest over their play The Naked Guy. The cops were called off, but the controversy created then-record crowds.

2007: VarieTease triumphs
The 16th Fringe birthed several festival favorites, including Dewey Chaffee's Wayburn Sassy, but my favorite "fucking mindblowing" discovery of 2007 – after meeting my wife – was VarieTease. Carnivale (which is being revived this year) wasn't VarieTease's first show, but it brought Blue Star and company out of the dance clubs and into Fringe's spotlight.” -
Seth Kubursky, Orlando Weekly

Click Here To Read Seth’s Complete Column In Orlando Weekly

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Now Playing

You need not be concerned with what’s playing elsewhere.  

Between now and Memorial Day - 

YOU SHOULD BE FRINGE-ING!

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Comming Attractions

THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2016

CYNDI LAUPER

Remaining Seats: $39.50 - $59.50

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ALICE COOPER

MAXWELL - THE LEGEND OF ZELDA

GARY GULMAN - SWINGIN’ WITH THE BIG BANDS - PUSCIFER

SCOTT BRADLEE’S POSTMODERN JUKEBOX

Florida Theatrical Association Presents

Fairwinds Broadway In Orlando 2016/2017 Season

At Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts

The ILLUNSIONISTS Live From Broadway
October 4- 9, 2016

The NATIONAL THEATRE Production Of
CURIOUS INCIDENT
of the DOG in the NIGHT-TIME

November 1 - 6, 2016

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
December 13 - 18, 2016

A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER
February 7 -12, 2017

Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID
March 7 -12, 2017

MATILDA The Musical
May 9 -14

FINDING NEVERLAND
June 6 -11

SEASON TICKETS NOW ON SALE:

www.drphillipscenter.org

SPECIAL ADDED FEATURE:

WICKED
January 11 - 29, 2017

www.drphillipscenter.org

In the following area you will find opening dates for future attractions at various venues in the Greater Orlando Area 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.

May 17 - 30 

WHAT’S FAIR IS FOUL…AND FOUL IS FAIR

Back by Popular Demand - NAKED BOYS SINGING

QUEEN OF FRINGE Pageant

UNSEXED

SONGS FR0M AN UNMADE BED

LADIES NIGHT: COME IN FOR A STIFF ONE

Footlight Theatre becomes an official BYO-Venue of Orlando Fringe 2016
The Parliament House

June 3 AVENUE Q Mad Cow
June 3 - 4 COCO PERU
A GENTLE REMINDER: MISS COCO’S GUIDE TO A SOMEWHAT HAPPY LIFE
The Parliament House
June 10 RATTLESNAKES AND TALK ABOUT THE PASSION Valencia East Black Box
June 10 THE BIG MEAL Mad Cow
June 11 THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR Osceola Arts
June 18 Vox Audio The Parliament House
June 19 SPRING AWAKENING Dr. Phillip's CFTPA
June 25 JULIE GOLDMAN & BRAD LOEKLE 
GAY BASH
The Parliament House
July 2 & 3 PANDORA BOXX
THE WORST SHOW EVER!
The Parliament House
August 19 - September 3 Sordid Lives The Parliament House
July 24 EQUIS The Venue
August 24 & 25 Leslie Jordan Live The Parliament House
August 31 - September 1 DEL SHORES LIVE! The Parliament House
A Note From Wanzie

You know, folks, I’m not usually one to tell people what to do, but honestly -

YOU SHOULD BE FRINGE-ING!

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