Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Fringe and cringe

Posted By on Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Last nightâ??s Fab Fringe Fundraiser at the Shakes' Goldman Theater had its surprises, and we're not complaining. The entertainment was as good as Funky Monkey's garlic mashed potatoes.

Fab Fringe moment: As promised, car-accident-injured and still quite fabulous Fringe producer Beth Marshall rolled out in her wheelchair with a sedately dressed Patrick Flick of Orlando Shakes. (We like his jester costume and liveliness on the troupeâ??s TV commercials.) Originally scheduled to co-host, the two did their parts to explain the continued intercourse between the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival and PlayFest before they turned the stage over to "Wayburn Sassy" and his almost female foil, "Didi Panache."

Fab cringe moment: Obviously someone forgot to tell Wayburn and Didi that there were high-schoolers in the crowd, because he wasted no time turning loose his signature crotchety and crotch-centered humor. Those of us in attendance wonâ??t soon forget where he said to slide that credit card. Ouch! (And people used to wag their tongues about Michael Wanzie?)

Fab Fringe moment: Obviously someone finally did tell Wayburn Sassy who was in the audience, even though it was near the end of the show. And he felt like shit and said so (and more) when he returned to the crowd. Wayburn, you are very, very funny and made us laugh, but some of us canâ??t relax when we know thereâ??s a baby in the bar. Excellent comeback on the auctioneering, though.

Other elevated performances by upcoming Fringe acts:

â?¢ Becky Fisher and her backup trio advised, in song and chorus, prospective Fringe performers about the â??vampiresâ?� that suck out your creativity and confidence.

â?¢ Janine Kleinâ??s full-throated, tousled-haired ode to a Gay Bar Star (the title of her Fringe show) was slightly upstaged by her tight-tush assistant.

â?¢ Willy Marchanteâ??s wicked choreography for his Casting Shadows dancers was wonderfully creepy.

â?¢ And, of course, the resilient cast of Orlando Youth Theatre brought on the years, er, tears with their rendition of "Seasons of Love" from their Fringe production of Rent. It left a sweet taste even in Sassy's mouth, we're sure.


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