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Thursday, July 2, 2015

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Movie of the Week

This perfectly lovely film is the winner of both the Grand Jury Award and The Audience Award - 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Go. Experience exquisitely understated performances by cutie-pie future-Pumpkin, Thomas Mann as the socially awkward teenage filmmaker who is afraid to get too close to anyone, and by the equally intriguing Olivia Cooke as the teenage girl who is battling Leukemia, along with an outstanding and uncannily natural debut performance by R.J. Cyler - the streetwise geek with a passion for movies, and depth of understanding and compassion that belies his age.

This is a very straightforward and simple story about complex situations and the emotions they evoke. Rarely do we get to enjoy actors this young portraying such unique well defined characters with complete believability.

Vary smartly written and deftly directed. ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL is everything we hope an independent film will be, and stands as a prime example of why we venture to The Enzain Theater to enjoy film as art.
4 1/2
PINK TRIANGLES

Watch the trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qfmAllbYC8

Then check the ENZIAN for remaining show times -www.Enzian.org  - and go see ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL

Doug is on vacation and did not review this film.

Pictures of the Week

Actor THOMAS MANN:

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TWO NIGHTS ONLY

JULY 3 & 4

 

David Lee, winner of the Critics Choice Award for Best Actor at the 2015 Orlando International Fringe Festival and the Daily City People's Choice Award for Best in Venue, will bring his acclaimed production of SEX, DRUGS, ROCK AND ROLL to The Footlight Theatre for two encore performances.

"David Lee, a longtime local actor and director, won for his no-holds-barred approach to portraying multiple characters in Eric Bogosian's biting "Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll."
Orlando Sentinel

"...watching Lee unravel and tighten throughout a series of monologues on a sparse set was almost more human than humanity itself."
-
Orlando Weekly

Come celebrate the Independence Day holiday weekend by seeing an amazing, thought-provoking show, and then stay for the other planned festivities; ticket price includes complimentary club cover for the remainder of the evening at The Parliament House!

SEX, DRUGS, ROCK AND ROLL

2 PERFORMANCES ONLY

Friday, July 3 at 8 PM
Saturday, July 4 at 8 PM

 

FOOTLIGHT THEATRE
The Parliament House

$10 in advance:

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$15 at the door, if available

 NOW ON SALE

OPENING JULY 11

2 Shows Only

John Ryan's 2015 Orlando Fringe smash hit collaboration with Michael Wanzie joins the summer lineup at The Parliament House for an encore presentation!

A wickedly funny, yet deceptively moving exploration of the revolutionary night that sparked the modern gay rights movement. A handful of actors present a surprising tapestry of characters spanning all walks of life - all of which are forever changed by a fateful brick tossed by an angry drag queen on a summer night in Greenwich Village in 1969.  

Second Impressions, Inc.
in association with John Ryan and His Divas

Present

1969: STONEWALL

Written by
JOHN RYAN

Directed by
MICHAEL WANZIE

Starring

John Ryan     Josh Lefkowitz     Maria Ragen
Christian Kelty    
Jessica Hoehn     Miles Berman

July 11 & 18

8 PM

THE FOOTLIGHT THEATRE
The Parliament House

$12 in advance:

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$15 at door if available

Special PH 40th Anniversary Week Edition

Little Miss Parliament House

July 25, 2015
7:30 PM

World famous toddler pageant creator Lionel Del Frisco is your host for America's most heavily pre-screened and rehearsed “Little Miss” pageant in existence. As Mr. Del Frisco says about everything he does, "Perfection is my middle name."

If you LIKE the Little Miss Perfect and Toddlers & Tiaras pageants, you will certainly like this show. If you HATE the Little Miss Perfect and Toddlers & Tiaras pageants, you will absolutely LOVE this comedy spoof.

The show has experienced numerous sold out runs at Orlando’s Parliament House and the Orlando Fringe Festival. The 7-year old girls will be played by grown men. This partially improvised show is simply an example of what it would be like if everything that could possibly go wrong at a toddler pageant actually did go horrifically wrong. Orlando comedian and playwright Jeff Jones (Welcome to Hell, Hell Freezes Over, Joan Crawford’s House Party) plays overly flamboyant pageant owner and emcee Lionel Del Frisco who runs Little Miss Parliament House with his wife Virginia (Janine Klein), and business partner Douglas White. The cast of contestants and their mothers will be portrayed by Doug Ba’aser, Carol Lee, Addison Taylor, and Divine Grace. The winner will be crowned by judges selected from the audience. Expect the unexpected when everything runs awry on stage and backstage in an attempt to decide who will be the next LITTLE MISS PARLIAMENT HOUSE!

“Give "Little Miss" the tiara and the sash
because this show is a winner.”
-
Jon Busdeker, Orlando Sentinel

PRINCESS SEATING | $15

Seating in chairs at the cocktail tables situated along the rail of the second level of the theater. This is the row of tables where the Wanzie Presents VIP guests are always seated, as well as where PH owners Don and Susan always sit. These are considered to be the best seats in the house.

General Admission | $10

July 25, 2015
7:30 PM

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General Admission tickets will be $15 cash-only, if available at the door on the evening of the performance

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“This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts; when all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free.”
- President Barack Obama

My Two Cents

Wanzie was invited to write the VIEW POINT column for the current edition of WATERMARK, arriving on newsstands today.  His remarks were inspired by the recent Supreme Court decision concerning Marriage Equality, but the editorial veers off into an indictment of gay Republicans. Pick up a copy at your favorite gay-friendly business today, and/or read Wanzie’s VIEW POINT right now by logging onto:

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Now Playing

Tomorrow & Saturday ONLY
July 3 & 4
David Lee
SEX, DRUGS, ROCK AND ROLL
The Footlight Theatre
$10 Advance/$15 at the door if available
http://www.wanziepresents.com

Through July 5
AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’
Mad Cow

$36.75
Click Here for Tickets

Through July 19
DINNER WITH FRIENDS
Mad Cow Theatre

$36.75
Click Here for Tickets

Through July 19
DO PATENT LEATHER SHOES REALLY REFLECT UP
UCF Theater
$20
407.823.1500
www.theater.cah.ucf.edu

Through July 19
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
UCF Theatre
$20
407.823.1500
www.theatre.cah.ucf.edu

Through August 9
GREASE
Sonnentag Theatre at The Ice House

$10-$20
Click Here for Tickets

Through August 12
THE FLICK
Dr. Phillips CFTPA
Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater

$35 - $60
WANZeGRAM Subscribers - Use Code Word “WANZIE” to SAVE $8 on each ticket purchased
Click Here for Tickets

Through August 22
DAMES AT SEA
Winter Park Playhouse
$15 -$40
WinterParkPlayhouse.org

THEATER - Wanzie’s COURT ORDERED THERAPY Ladies of Eola Heights - Continued

Peg O’Keef, Beth Marshall, Sam Singhaus and Blue Star are back again as Opal, Pearl, June, and Ruby respectfully in playwright Michael Wanzie’s continuing saga of Orlando’s infamous Locksdale sisters who reside in the historical neighborhood of Eola Heights.

Downtown theater-goers were introduced to the Locksdales when the original LADIES OF EOLA HEIGHTS played at The Abbey in summer 2014. This time out the sisters will be joined Kevin “[title of show]” Kelly playing Dr. Robert Burroughs, the psychiatrist assigned by the courts to determine the mental stability of the Locksdale sisters following a domestic squabble that leaves Ruby with a broken wrist, and Pearl and Opal at war with one another.

The action takes place entirely in Dr. Burrough’s office during the court ordered therapy session wherein the sisters, who are at first uncommunicative, wind up hurling accusations and barbs at one another to hilarious and surprising ends.

This show may be fully enjoyed without having seen its predecessor. Each live performance of Wanzie’s COURT ORDERED THERAPY will be preceded by a video (“Previously on Ladies…”) montage of last summer’s production of the original LADIES OF EOLA HEIGHTS.

Whether or not you saw last summer’s production, you are certain to enjoy this next chapter in the lives of the Opal, Pearl, June, and Ruby - The Ladies of Eola Heights.

Artful Events
Presents

Wanzie’s
COURT ORDERED THERAPY

Ladies of Eola Heights - Continued

Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday, July 15 - 17 at 8 PM

Sunday, July 19 at 4 PM

Monday, July 20 at 8 PM

Thursday & Friday, July 23 & 24 at 8 PM

Sunday, July 26 at 4 PM

Monday, July 27 at 8 PM

THE ABBEY
Pine Street at South Eola Avenue
Downtown/Thornton Park, Orlando

Reserved Table Seating $35

General Admission Purchased Online Only $20

WANZeGRAM Subscribers SAVE $5 per ticket!
Use Code Word “WANZIE” when ordering online:

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Genera Admission at the door, if available $25

FILM/COMEDY/FUNDRAISING - MOVIES OUT LOUD
The Orlando Fringe Festival is teaming up with Watermark Media to produce the return of the popular MOIVES OUT LOUD series to be sponsored by and presented at The Abbey.

The new series in which local celebs provide live running commentary during a movie they find particularly bad or unusual, will be kicked off with Jeff Jones and Miss Sammy sharing their thoughts during the screening of the high-art film that is SHOW GIRLS.

Subsequently each month, a “Fringe Favorite”-host will be challenged to choose a favorite bad film to be screened, and while you sit back and relax with a drink and some fresh popcorn at The Abbey, you will be treated to that host’s comedic color commentary.

Come join hosts Jeff Jones and Miss Sammy for the first installment of the new series - SHOW GIRLS - A movie that’s so bad it’s good!

Full liquor service during the show

NEW - Order from a wide variety of food options prepared at nearby SAMONA delivered right to your table at The Abbey by a dedicated food server.

MOVIES OUT LOUD

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

SHOW GIRLS
Color Commentary by
MISS SAMMY & JEFF JONES

Doors 7 PM
Screening 8 PM

THE ABBEY
Pine Street at S. Eola Drive
Thornton Park/Downtown Orlando

Advance tickets only $10:
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Have a movie suggestion:
george@orlandofringe.org

Coming Attractions


& Bob Carr Theater

Now Playing

THE  FLICK

"This lovingly observed play
will sink deep into your consciousness.
"
– The New York Times

The Flick is a comedic drama about three misfits working in a single screen movie theater in Central Massachusetts. Written by Annie Baker, and winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and 2013 Obie Award for Playwriting, The Flick Premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in 2013.

In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35 millimeter film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye, The Flick is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.

Gen Y Productions
Presents
THE  FLICK

Written by
ANNIE BAKER

 Directed by
KENNY HOWARD

Produced by
AARON SAFER

Starring

Daniel Cooksley     Jessica Hope Grossman
Coletyn Hentz     Marcellis Cutler 

Click here for Director’s Note from Kenny Howard

 JULY 19 - AUGUST 12

 ALEXIS & JIM PUGH THEATER
Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts

Downtown Orlando

Evenings at 7:30 PM
Matinees at 2:30 PM

Lobby doors open one hour prior to show time
Theater doors open 30 minutes prior to show time

$35 - $60

WANZeGRAM Subscribers - Use Code Word “WANZIE” to SAVE $8 on each ticket purchased:

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The 2015/2016 Season will include –

BEAUTIFUL
The Carole King Musical

DIRTY DANCING

Rogers & Hammerstein’s
CINDERELLA

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE
CHRISTMAS
The Musical

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

&

KINKY BOOTS!

Subscribe Now:

http://www.drphillipscenter.org

 

Other Upcoming Attractions at Dr. Philips Center For The Performing Arts and Bob Carr Theater include

TONY BENNETT

 JOHN CLEESE & ERIC IDLE
(Tickets Now ON SALE!)

 PATTI LABELLE 

ORLANDO BALLET 2015/2016 SEASON

ELTON JOHN & TIM RICES AIDA IN CONCERT

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA
Symphony Of The Goddesses

CELTIC WOMEN   FIFTH HARMONY

POKEMON:
Symphonic Evolutions

IDINA MENZEL

ARTURO SANDOVAL

MICHAEL FEINSTEIN CELEBRATES SINATRA

For Complete Show Listings & Details

http://www.drphillipscenter.org

In the following area you will find opening dates for future attractions 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.

July 8 Movies Out Loud The Abbey

July 10

HOLY GHOSTS

Queens Head Theatre

July 11

AMERICAN IDOL LIVE

King Center

  1969: STONEWALL Footlight Theatre
July 13 MISS PARLIAMENT HOUSE PAGEANT Footlight Theatre
July 14 Tim Evenicki Cabaret: CORNER OF THE SKY Ali Baba House of Kabob

July 15

Wanzie’s COURT ORDERED THERAPY: Ladies of Eola Heights - Continued

The Abbey

  Spotlight Cabaret KATE O’NEAL Winter Park Playhouse
July 24 DAMES AT SEA Winter Park Playhouse
July 25 IDINA MENZEL Dr. Phillip’s CFTPA - Walt Disney Theater
A Note From Wanzie

A Tale of Frank & Kevin:

On Wednesday, July 15, the LADIES OF EOLA HEIGHTS saga continues at The Abbey with the preview night performance of Wanzie’s COURT ORDERED THERAPY: Ladies of Eola Heights - Continued. I am delighted that the uber-talented Kevin Kelly will play the role of the psychiatrist. That role was originally written specifically for the lovely and talented Frank McClain, who played Dr. Burroughs when the show was first produced 8 years ago at the PH with men in drag, including myself, playing all the female characters.

Wanzie Presents fans will remember Kevin Kelly as one of two male leads in our production of [title of show] presented at both The Footlight Theatre and The Orlando Fringe Festival. Kevin is a regular performer in musicals at Winter Park Playhouse, and has performed his acclaimed solo Cabaret shows based on Sinatra, and also Barry Manilow, at various venues, including Mad Cow. I myself first fell in love with Kevin when he appeared in Jester Theater Company’s excellent production of THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS, THE MUSICAL at the Studio Theater.

Kevin will join returning cast members Peg O’Keef, Beth Marshall, Sam Singhuas, and Blue Star from last summer’s Artful Events production of the first show in the “Ladies” series. All I can say is, look out Opal, Pearl, June, and Ruby; just as is the case when an actual therapist is at the top of his game, shit you never imagined might come to the surface is going to erupt from you’re playing opposite the deliciously hilarious Dr. Burroughs that Kevin Kelly is about to manifest opposite ya’ll on that stage at The Abbey in less than two weeks’ time.

Up until now I couldn’t imagine anyone but Frank McClain playing that role. When we committed this show to this time slot at The Abbey, it was with the intention of Frank returning to the stage to reprise his neurosis-afflicted nervous-mess-of-a-psychiatrist character; but in the meantime he was offered a job as Managing Director of a theater in Iowa, and as anyone in the theatrical community knows, when Iowa calls, you don’t say no. So Frank said “No” to Director Kenny Howard instead, and off to the land of caucuses he went.

So hither-to-then unplanned auditions were hastily organized, and the search for a replacement Dr. Burroughs was on.

In Orlando, Frank McClain had cornered the market on roles that required a somewhat manic characterization and an outward manifestation of nervous energy and otherwise inner demons. His interpretations of the male leads in LAUGHING WILD and WHEN PIGS FLY, along with his recent supporting role in Doug Ba’aser’s A TIRED OLD WHORE, are but three excellent examples of Frank’s unique approach to playing overwrought to perfection. It was with that approach, and indeed with Frank himself in mind, that I created the character of Dr. Burroughs in COURT ORDERED THERAPY. When you write a role FOR a specific actor, as I did this one for Frank, it is very difficult to imagine anyone else playing the part.

I was not available to attend the auditions to find the actor who would replace Frank. And I will admit I believed no matter who landed the role they would not do the part justice compared to what Frank had brought to the table. I was bitterly disappointed that Frank would not be doing the role, and was completely convinced that while Orlando has many fine comedic actors, we would not find a Dr. Burroughs with whom I would be thrilled.

I was wrong. So very wrong.

And no offense to Mr. Kelly (a man of whose considerable talents I have long been a fan, and an actor I myself have directed, and with whose work I have been delighted), but when Kenny phoned to say I had to make time to come see a video of his audition because there was no doubt in his mind there was no need to see additional actors for the role of Dr. Burroughs, I was skeptical.

I went. I saw. I was BEYOND delighted.

Kevin Kelly is going to be nothing short of brilliant in COURT ORDERD THERAPY, and I can’t wait to see the chemistry between him and these incredibly talented Ladies! I predict this show will be an absolute riot, and I am thrilled with Kevin as Dr. Burroughs.

FUCK FRANK McCLAIN!

(To whom we at the WANZeGRAM wish every success in his new endeavor…)

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