Support local journalism. Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Orlando Fringe 2017 review: 'Fruit Flies Like a Banana: World Tour'

Posted By on Thu, May 18, 2017 at 5:46 PM

click to enlarge fruitflies_2017_4x4-300dpi.png
Fruit Flies Like a Banana scored back-to-back spots on my Fringe Favorites lists in 2015 and 2016 by melding lyrically loony musicianship with color guard-like choreography. For this year's World Tour edition, an opening act on two-wheeled "hoverboards" gets the show off with a bang (hopefully not literally, given their volatile batteries) before it settles into an audience-assisted format, in which the running order is determined by countries randomly selected from an inflated globe.

As conservatory-trained instrumentalists, the Fourth Wall ensemble — composed of flautist Hilary Abigana, horn player Neil Parsons and percussionist Greg Jukes — leans towards classics of the Western repertoire, but still includes nods to Eastern and indigenous music, including a lively didgeridoo number and a lovely tune on tiny Japanese cymbals. Fear not if you aren't a fan of classical music; their playlist also include a couple of my favorite tunes by the Decemberists and Dave Brubeck.

Last time, the troupe tied their selections to the alphabet, and with 26 pieces to squeeze in, several got short shrift. For this edition, fewer segments means each one gets ample breathing room, especially the breathtaking ode to Antarctica using Cirque-like "hamster wheels," which could be developed into a full show all its own. With broad appeal across all age groups, this year's threepeat proves that the positive buzz about this bunch is no fluke.

Fruit Flies Like a Banana: World Tour
The Fourth Wall, Boston, MA
Orange Venue
Friday, May 19, 7:00 PM
Saturday, May 20, 7:15 PM
Monday, May 22, 9:00 PM
Friday, May 26, 6:30 PM
Saturday, May 27, 2:45 PM

Tags: , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Related Locations


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 20, 2021

View more issues


© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation