Click here for the 2020 Best of Orlando® Readers Poll ballot!

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Fringe 2019 Review: 'War Paint'

Posted By on Sun, May 19, 2019 at 1:13 PM

click to enlarge warpaint_1200x1200.png
As a cisgender male, I’m fortunate that society doesn’t expect me to spend over 10% of my waking life on personal grooming, but thanks to first-time writer/performer Lily Garnett, I’ll now have a little more empathy the next time I’m waiting on my wife to apply her makeup. Garnett begins her autobiographical monologue War Paint barefaced, and applies her “battle armor” in stages throughout the show, while stripping away the layers of cultural pressures that underlie her complex, codependent relationship with cosmetics.

Director Rebekah Lane does a good job balancing Garnett’s movement, shifting between sitting a mirrored dressing table and stalking around the stage like a drill sergeant. As an emerging playwright, Lily could stand to lop a little off her script; a coda carping about social media seems strained, and an uncomfortable audience participation exercise has no payoff. But overall, Garnett’s brave effort to be an “authentic mess” onstage makes her a compelling new voice worth listening to, with or without her lipstick.

War Paint
Bored At Midnight Productions
Orlando FL
Ages 13 and up
60 minutes
Thursday, May 16th 10:30 PM
Saturday, May 18th 8:30 PM
Sunday, May 19th 4:00 PM
Tuesday, May 21st 10:00 PM
Saturday, May 25th 10:15 PM
Sunday, May 26th 5:30

Tags: ,

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.

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

May 27, 2020

View more issues


© 2020 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation