To put it in financial parlance, the bounty of theatrical and dance productions that are going to be Facebooked and flaunted to potential ticket buyers this season makes Orlando an audience's market. There is so much creative overflow that it's too much to process, much less to attend. Your social calendar is going to be cramped, and the only solution is to pick your pleasures, according to your wallet and your sensibilities. Here are a few highlights.
Sparks will fly between longtime collaborators Suzanne O'Donnell and Eric Hissom in the Orlando Shakespeare Theater's production of The Turn of the Screw (Oct. 15-Nov. 7). The experienced duo's chemistry should electrify the dark plot, concocted by the masterful Henry James in the late 19th century, about a terrorized governess and her strange employer. The Shakes' admirable resident artist Anne Hering directs. This is local professional theater at its best. Here's a tip: Tickets for the Oct. 13-14 preview shows are discounted to $16.
Hear the impassioned, guttural lament, 'He vas my boyfriend,' when the Fairwinds Broadway Across America opens its season with Young Frankenstein (Nov. 30-Dec. 5). The line made famous by Cloris Leachman's Frau BlÃ¼cher is now a song of its own in the musical version of Mel Brooks' 1974 cult film classic. The whole monster-making gang is back together for the top-dollar production at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, making this a night for 'Puttin' on the Ritz.'
Listen for the sound of the atmospheric music that calls out the creatures in the return of Voci Dance's ethereal outdoor dance Lumineux (Nov. 20) at Mennello Museum of American Art — the one staged last May at Loch Haven Park that everyone is still talking about. The collaboration by Voci, artist Doug Rhodehamel and DJ Nigel was like magic — winged dancers crept out of the cover of darkness, moving under the hanging moss from tree to tree and around the glowing patch of paper-bag mushrooms. Hand-held flashlights were the spotlights, and the crowd was free to move around to follow the action. For fairy's sake, don't miss this fall frolic. So pack up the guilt and know that this flush market might not last as the performing arts economy rebalances during the coming year. Take advantage of the creative spike and get cultured up.
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