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Thursday, May 25, 2017

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“Genius”   “Riveting”    “Brilliant”   “Hilarious”   “Mesmerizing”

Now Playing Through May 29
ORLANDO FRINGE FESTIVAL

The Orlando Fringe

People Are Talking About WANZIE WITH A "Z"

“The entire spectrum of the human experience condensed into 75 minutes. Absolute masterwork.”
- Tommy Liles

“This show is a master class in, well, everything. The direction was beautiful, with flawless, dynamic, yet subtle staging. The writing was beautiful. Wanzie carefully crafts the piece through a myriad of emotions, never leaving us crying without a perfectly placed laugh or tender moment. And oh, the acting. The acting of all three actors was beautiful and raw and honest, and it didn't matter who was speaking, all 3 faces and bodies were experiencing each moment through the lens of their age's unique perspective. I was, (and still am) blown away. Bravo to all involved.”
- Natalie Doliner

“Holy cow. Wanzie With A Z was incredible! Absolutely beautiful show!!”
- Scott Browning

“John and I walked away a bit raw with emotion, but in a good way, if that makes sense. Watching the piece unfold as Michael opened up his soul and life to everyone was very brave and moving. Kudos to everyone involved. This needs to have a life outside of Fringe.”
- Shaun Walsh

“I may have to see it a couple more times”
- Rebecca Fisher

“It is worth seeing again...and it was worth standing through the entire performance”
- Sal Caposi

“Loved it so much and wish I coulda seen the 110 minute version.”
- Lori McCaskell

“Kinda Perfect”
- Mike Avila

“Wanzie With A Z is so moving and personal yet so relatable, fastpaced and hilarious,”
- Nicki Equality Dumb

“I have never experienced that enormous rollercoaster of emotions while watching a show until I saw this one…brilliant.”
- Nakary Curated

“Genius…Just when you think you've seen the best of Wanzie, he's going to sucker punch you with laughter and feelings you did not see coming. This show. It's mesmerizing.”
- Patty Wolfe

“We loved every minute. What an amazing show.”
- David Hiller

“Put it on your must see list. Brilliant all around.”
- Julie Ohrberg

“Wanzie with a Z is probably the best theater production I have seen in central Florida.”
- Thomas Jacobson

“Heartfelt, touching, moving, funny, sweet, and so much more.”
- Darby Ballard

“Just saw Wanzie with a Z...I'm a hot mess.
- Pamela Bass Morton

“Great show. Don’t miss it.”
- John Bodesker, Entertaiment Reporter

“The show is FANTASTIC and moving and funny! Bravo”
- Cheryl Belfay - Longtime Fringer

“It’s really something special”
- Jamie DeHay - Producer

Who can tell a story better than Michael Wanzie? Three Wanzie’s can…
Lefkowitz is superb in his role. He will have you laughing and falling for the adorable Mikey. Roth is equally as lovable up as a Mike-on-the-move; destined to make something of himself. Lefkowitz and Roth perfectly embody Wanzie’s story telling ability…Michael Wanzie wrote Wanzie with a Z, and it is directed by Orlando’s Broadway phenom, Kenny Howard. The two are a true dream team…The show is both hilarious and moving…this is the Wanzie production you do not want to miss.”
- Rick Claggett, Watermark Media

“Amazing…You do not need to personally know Wanzie to appreciate this show - Steve Oehler

“Absolutely love it - first time I have ever cried at a Fringe show.”
- Gary Bungart

WANZIE With a Z! Is Quite Spectacular Indeed! Kudos to All Involved!
- David Lee

“Amazing doesn’t even begin to cover it.”
- Eilleen Burns Kicmel

“While being entertaining, it's incredibly honest and devastatingly, beautifully human.”
- Tracy Jane Smith, Orlando Fringe Buzz

“Just wonderful.”
- Theresa Rogers, Stage Manager Goddess

“OMG! I have never cried at a show before. A definite must see!"
- Chris, Orlando Fringe Veteran

“Moving storytelling, masterful staging, riveting writing,
and a don’t miss show.”
- Diana Hopkins, Jester Theatre

“All I can say is, go see it. Amazing job by everyone in the cast.”
- Jeff Jones, Playwright/Comedian

“Wanzie and his cast did an amazing job.”
- K. K. Frank

“This unsparingly introspective autobiography showcases a vulnerable side of Wanzie that few of his fans have seen…A strong early contender for the best of this year's festival.
- Seth Kubersky, Orlando Weekly

“The Fringe stalwart’s memoir will be revelatory to those who know Wanzie casually. But the beauty of this well crafted show is that you don’t have to know Wanzie at all to be moved by the story and take away your own lessons about life. Three actors play Wanzie at different stages of life…Josh Lefkowitz, Joshua S. Roth, and Wanzie himself embody the conflicted nature of the Wanzie persona — quick with a joke, the life of the party, but with a tinge of underlying sadness. Under the direction of longtime Wanzie associate Kenny Howard, the show explains that sadness straightforwardly and beautifully…substantial emotional heft….“Wanzie With a Z” is for anyone who has loved, lost, grieved, pined, and learned to laugh again, all the while feeling out of place in this truth-is-stranger-than-fiction world…that’s Wanzie all the way.”
- Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel

Next Performance - Tonight
Thursday, May 25 at 10:30 PM. $12 dollars with required Fringe Button:

The Orlando Fringe

Now Playing

YOU SHOULD BE
FRINGING!

The Orlando Fringe

Fringe Corner

Read THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF WANZIE - “MERRY FRINGEMAS” Column in the current edition of WATERMARK:

FRINGE ON!

Choose from over 150 shows being presented at 15 Official Venues and a half dozen really odd places.

Q: Where are the 15 main venues?

A: There are multiple venues sprinkled among each of the 3 arts-related buildings situated within Loch Haven Cultural Park at the confluence of Mills Avenue, Rollins Street, and Princeton:

 

Orlando Museum of Art
Gold Venue / VIP Lounge

Orlando Repertory Theatre
Green Venue / Silver Venue / Full Service Box Office

The Lowndes Shakespeare Center
Pink / Brown / Yellow / Orange / Blue / Red
Shows / Full Service Box Office / Fringe Concierge / Button Sales
 

Beer & Wine Court / Fringe Merchandise / VISUAL FIRNGE! - ART FOR SALE!

 

OUT ON THE
GREAT LAWN OF GREEN FAHBULOUSNESS

LOCH HAVEN PARK:
Beer & Wine Tent by Orlando Fringe
Pop-Up
Full Service Liquor Bar by Stonewall Orlando
Soap Box / Fringe Merchandise & Button Sales

Outdoor Stage with FREE Musical Acts Every Day!
Oven Fired Pizzas, Greek Food / Vegan / BBQ  / Asian / Hot Dogs & Hamburgers / Gourmet Coffees & Expressos / Funnel Cakes & Popcorn / Soft Serve Ice Cream & Shakes & Good Humor Treats /
And the WANZeGRAM Favorite - PETE & PEG’S ROADSIDE GRILL (Red & Black Truck conveniently situated next to the The Flamingo Lounge Tent just steps from the comfort stations - Featuring Italian Sausage with Peppers & Onions, The Best Burgers on the lawn, Grilled-in-Butter Hot Dogs, Crinkle Cut Fries, Ribs, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Fried Pickles, Fried Oreos, Gator Tail, Frog Legs, and our absolute favorite - FRIED PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY!

St. Matthews Tavern Venue
1300 N. Mills Avenue
Shows /
Full Service Liquor Bar / Button Sales

Black Venue - The Venue
511 Virginia Drive
Shows /
Full Service Liquor Bar / Full Service Box Office / Button Sales / Small Lawn of Green Fahbulousness

Breakthrough Theatre
421 W. Fairbanks Avenue - Winter Park
Shows / Button Sales / Refreshments

White Venue - Junior Achievement Center
2121 Camden Road
Shows / Button Sales 

Living Room Theater
1314 Chichester Street
Shows / Button Sales 

The Starlite Room at Savoy Orlando
1913 N. Orange Avenue
Shows /
Full Service Liquor Bar / Button Sales
Craft Cocktails / Smoking Patio /
Sunday Brunch

For the complete roster of Fringe Shows, Synopsis, Performance Times, and Online Ticket & Button Purchases, log on to
www.OrlandoFringe.org. Click on “All Shows Listings” in the pull down menu under “Shows and Schedules” to read full show descriptors.

Sunday, May 28
SUNDAY PRE-FRINGING BRUNCH AT SAVOY
Savoy Orlando 11 AM

Featuring Your Newly-Crowned (Pageant takes place on Monday, May 22 in The Starlight Room at Savoy) MISS ORANDO FRINGE 2017! Enjoy a sumptuous buffet, catered by Dubsdread, consisting of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Biscuits & Gravy, Home Fried Potatoes, Omelet Station, Pasta Station, and Carving Station along with assorted Danish and desserts. The very reasonable special Festival price of only $29.99 is inclusive of Buffet, a Fabulous Show hosted by Chantel Rashae, and TWO COMPLIMENTARY ADULT LIBATIONS! Also on offer will be a Bloody Mary Bar, Mimosas, and Craft Cocktails.
Doors/Buffet open at 11 AM
Arrive anytime between 11 AM and 12:15 PM
Showtime is 12:30 PM

$29.99

NOTE: Reservations for SUNDAY PRE-FRINGING BRUNCH AT SAVOY are not required, but Wanzie would appreciate it if you let him know IF you are attending so Dubsdread will have an idea of the number of persons for which they will be preparing food:
WanzieMichael@gmail.com

Monday, May 29
PATRONS’ PICK DAY
All 15 Venues / Various Times

Your chance to see the two top-selling shows from each venue as they are awarded one Encore Memorial Day Patrons’ Pick Performance. Winners will be announced periodically once the math allows for an official determination. Watch notice boards around the Festival Grounds, or sign up for the Fringe newsletter which will also keep you up to date on all things Fringe. Simply Click Here to Subscribe

Monday, May 29
CLOSING NIGHT AWARDS PARTY
Outdoor Stage on the Great Lawn of Green FAHbulousness 9 PM
FREE!

Coming Attractions

NOW PLAYING AT ORLANDO FRINGE

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IS TALKING ABOUT

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COMING IN JUNE
TO THE ALL-NEW
STARLITE  ROOM  AT  SAVOY:

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
FOR JUNE 16
 HILARITY!

 

1 Remaining Show In 2107 Season

FINDING NEVERLAND
June 6 -11

www.drphillipscenter.org

In the following area you will find opening dates for future attractions at various venues in the Greater Orlando Area so you may plan ahead. Emboldened listings indicate events added as of this edition of your Gram. Shows and Events opening tonight through this coming Monday are listed in the NOW PLAYING section of this edition of your Gram.

May 27 SISTER HAZEL Dr. Phillip’s CFTPA
May 28 SUNDAY PRE-FRINGING BRUNCH with Chantel Rashae & Miss Orlando Fringe 2017 Savoy Orlando
May 30 KHIA LIVE! With Dancers JUICY & ROMEO Parliament House
June 1 PI at PH  - A Throwback to Pleasure Island Thursday Gay Days Party Parliament House
June 2 DEBBIE GIBSON Parliament House
June 3 MACY GRAY Parliament House
June 3 ELLINGTON FOR LOVERS Dr. Phillip’s CFTPA
June 4 KERI HILSON Parliament House
June 6 FINDING NEVERLAND Dr. Phillip’s CFTPA
June 12 ORLANDO LOVE: REMEMBERING OUR ANGELS - Pulse Tribute Walt Disney Amphitheater
Lake Eola Park
June 16 THE FINAL, FINAL, FINAL FAREWELL TOUR OF DICK & DELORIS DELRUBIO Starlite Room at Savoy

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