So yes, some of the basement dwellers (or whatever term we can come up for them here in Florida, considering we don’t have basements) may complain… “Theatre?! With the ‘re’ and everything! WTF?!” (Editor’s Note: BTW, can we stop actually saying ‘WTF’ in public as if it were an actual word? kthxbye…) But yes, Orlando is fortunate enough to be home to one of the world’s premier showcases of alternative theater. And, for the geek, there is even a few things out there that cater to us. So here’s a GGOrlando Guide to Fringe for Geeks. Hopefully it works out better than my Florida Film Festival guide which had no movies on it.
OK, it’s important to note how you get tickets for shows at Fringe. It’s not as simple as just walking up to a box office and getting a slip of paper that you hand to someone. First, you have to purchase your Fringe Button ($8). This is important, as you’ll need both your ticket to the show as well as your Fringe Button to be admitted to a show. Each show will have their listed price, however, Fringe charges an additional dollar service fee for each ticket. So you’ll want to take that into account when budgeting for the Beer Tent.
All shows take place around Loch Haven Park (the place where the Science Center is, n00b!1). The festival is broken into eight venues – six of which are located at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center with the remaining two venues on the other side of the park at the Orlando REP.
2013: Finding Love in the Zombie/Cannibal Apocalypse
As we all know, we’re all doomed. Come December 21st, we’re all screwed. However, if you are one of the unfortunate souls to survive the initial onslaught, what a perfect time to find that special someone. 2013: Finding Love in the Zombie/Cannibal Apocalypse is a romcom with all the things you’d expect: Goth lesbian zombies and suave cannibals. Said to “tickle your inner Romero!”
Shows this weeks: May 22nd – 10:15pm, May 23rd – 7:45pm, May 25th – 11:45pm, and May 26th – 9:30pm
AAAaaaggghhh ZOMBIES!!!…Because Zombies $ell
The term Jaime Mykins Theatre is a slight misnomer. Apparently, it’s literal storage closet. And, for SEVEN MINUTES (don’t worry, the shows donation-only), you must endure the undead… puppets. Luckily, you have a a pool noodle to defend yourself. The show plays on the claustrophobia of the small room while making light of the whole pop-culture zombie phenomenon.
Show Times: May 24th – 9pm, May 25th – 9pm, May 26th – 9pm
Cannibal! The Musical
For South Park fans, Cannibal! The Musical was written by SP creator Trey Parker. So if you’re fan of the show’s – or if you’ve traveled up to NYC recently, they’re newest production Book of Mormon – inappropriate humor, you’ll probably be a fan of this show about a Old West mining trip that ends in cannibalism.
Show Times: May 23rd – 6pm, May 25th – 8pm, May 26th – 11:55pm, May 27th – 5:45pm
Dog Powered Robot and the Subsequent Adventure
Yup, exactly what it sounds like. Well, no… Not that this show isn’t awesome, but actual robots powered by dogs would be epic! A show of dancing, puppets, and dogs inside robots is a mash-up of all things awesome. Last year’s show won several Fringe Awards, so you can’t go wrong.
Show Times: May 23rd – 5:15pm, May 24th – 7:45pm, May 26th – 1:15pm, May 27th – 3:15pm
A Long Time Ago: the Eighties Strike Back
Yes, the Star Wars parody has been overdone. But do they feature dancing and New Wave hairdoos? Well, maybe… I haven’t seen all of them. Well, anyways, here’s another – A Long Time Ago: the Eighties Strike Back being put on by Casselberry’s Penguin Point Productions. Special discount for members of the 501st and Rebel Legion.
Show Times: May 23rd – 7:30pm, May 25th – 5pm, May 26th – 7:45pm, May 27th – 1:45pm
Skill Focus: Burlesque does FRINGE!
With how often I write about them, you could say I suck up to the ladies of Skill Focus: Burlesque. But what can I say? Skill Focus is like my personal Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, women and geeky stuff - two great tastes that taste great together. Each show during the festival will feature a different theme from one of the troupe’s previous shows.
Show Times: May 22nd – 8:15pm (Damnit Jim, It’s Trek Burlesque), May 23rd – 8:45pm (Comics!), May 26th – 11:30pm (Arkham Asylum), May 27th – 9:30pm (Horror)