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Thursday, August 25, 2016

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Monday Movie Review

RECENT RATINGS FOR YOUR MOVIE-GOING CONSIDERATION:

On the air this Monday Doug gave FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS the same rating as Wanzie gave the film in last week’s GRAM:
2 1/2 PINK TRIANGLES

Only Wanzie saw BEN HUR this week which, despite its financially disastrous opening weekend, he awarded an impressive 4 PINK TRIANGLES and suggests, “It’s definitely worth seeing on the big screen.”


“A remake totally worthy of having been remade. It’s epic and really well done, and the Chariot scene is everything you want it to be and more. Yes, it’s a Biblical Drama, but it also qualifies as the best Action Film of the summer.” - Wanzie

PETE”S DRAGON:

Wanzie - 3 1/2 PINK TRIANGLES

Doug - didn’t see it

BAD MOMS:

Wanzie - 3 PINK TRIANGLES

Doug -    2 1/2 PINK TRIANGLES

CAFE SOCIETY:

Wanzie - 4 PINK TRIANGLES

Doug -    4 PINK TRIANGLES

Orlando Shakes to Stage Largest Musical To Date

Orlando Shakespeare Theater is set to present the internationally acclaimed American musical WEST SIDE STORY featuring a talented mix of international theater players, Central Florida favorites, and a live orchestra. WEST SIDE STORY will be the largest-yet Broadway Musical to be presented by Orlando Shakes following up their successes with LES MISERABLES and  MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT.

“This classic American musical, inspired by Shakespeares ROMEO AND JULIET, is a lot more than a spectacular stage production. With themes of ethnic prejudice, taboo romantic relationships, and gang related violence, WEST SIDE STORY is just as relevant in today's society as it was when it first made its debut on Broadway 59 years ago.”
-
Director, Jim Helsinger

MEET THE CAST:

Marc Koeck makes his Orlando Shakes debut performance as Tony. Most recently Koeck starred as Tony in Asolo Repertory Theatres production of West Side Story, and as John Jasper in New London Barn Playhouses production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Additional credits include Camelot (New Repertory Theatre) and Legally Blonde (Ocean State Theatre Co.).

Also new to Orlando Shakes is Carly Evans starring as Maria. Evans has previously played the role of Maria in West Side Story at Ogunquit Playhouse and Westchester Broadway Theatre. Other past credits include The Fantasticks (Flat Rock Playhouse), The Last 5 Years (The State Theatre), Doubt (Penn State Centre Stage), and Sweeney Todd (Penn State Centre Stage).


Carly Evans as Maria and Marc Koeck as Tony

Photo by Luke Evans.

Karli Dinardo joins the cast as Anita. Dinardo has taken on the role of Anita for three other productions of West Side Story (Carnegie Hall, John W. Engeman Theater, and Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival). Additional credits include Flashdance The Musical (National Tour), Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter (Off-Broadway NYC), and 42nd Street (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina).

Following his appearance in the West Side Story Revival National Tour, Drew Foster will be taking on the role of Riff. Recent credits include Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare Theater of DC), Romeo and Juliet (Dallas Theater Center), and The Last Goodbye (The Old Globe).

Marco Antonio Santiago appears as Bernardo. Santiago has previously played Bernardo in Actors Playhouse at the Miracle Theatres production of West Side Story. Other recent credits include The Little Mermaid (Alabama Shakespeare Festival) and Zapata! The Musical (The New York Musical Theatre Festival).

Julian Alvarez is cast as Chino. Alvarez has previously played the role of Chino in Sadlers Wells Theatres (London/West End) production of West Side Story, and during the European/Asian Tour of West Wide Story. Additional credits include Rent (Bristol Riverside Theater) and The King and I (Ogunquit Playhouse).

Following three seasons with the Stratford Festival, Jordan Bell joins the cast of West Side Story as Action. Recent credits include the national tour of The Wizard of Oz, as well as Evita, West Side Story, A Funny Thing… Forum, and Kiss Me, Kate (Mirvish), Cabaret, The Wizard of Oz, West Side Story (Vancouver Opera), and The Full Monty and Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival).

Mark Ferrera appears as Doc. Past Orlando Shakespeare Theater credits include Peter and the Starcatcher, Bad Dog, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. In addition to his theater work, Mark has been a Sports Host at the ESPN Club for 20 years, and is the co-host (along with John Pelkey) of After Further Review—a daily sports talk radio show on 810 CBS Sports Radio in Orlando.

The WEST SIDE STORY ensemble includes Duncan Bahr, Emma Clark, Eric Eichenlaub, Ellis Endsley, Melanie Farber, Maxel Garcia, Kody Grassett, Bryan Manley, Laura Mansoori,  Alejandra Martinez, Daniel Martinez, Kelsey Morales,  Jandrea Novak, Tara Osborne, Catie Pires-Fernandes, Tony Pracek, Tyler Schank, Trevor Starr, Gabrielle Toledo, Ansley Van Epps, Salvatore Vieira, and Lindsey Wells.

Written by Arthur Laurents

Music by Leonard Bernstein   Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Directed by Jim Helsinger    Musical Director Steve MacKinnon 

Choreographer Anthony Raimondi

SEPTEMBER 9 - OCTOBER 7

LOWNDES ORLANDO SHAKESPEARE THEATRE

Loch Haven Cultural Park - Orlando

Preview Dates: September 7 & 8 at 7:30 PM

Opening Night: September 9 at 7:30 PM

Senior Matinees: September 14, 21, 28 and October 5 at 2 PM

Student Matinees: September 13, 16, 23 and October 7 at 10:30 AM

Talk Back Performance: October 2 at 2 PM

Opening Night Party & Pre-Show Chat - Friday, September 9
Arrive at 6:15
PM to enjoy free light appetizers from a local eatery, followed by a brief, informative discussion about the creative process with the Director and members of the creative team. Free to all opening night ticket holders. No RSVP necessary.

Dialogues on Diversity: Select Saturday matinees
Following select Saturday matinees, panelists will address questions of diversity, tolerance, and cultural identity in the Central Florida community. Panelists to be released early September.
Free to all ticket holders.

TICKETS:

Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Saturdays & Sundays at 2 PM: $35, $50, $65

Preview Performances and Senior Matinees:
$18, $25, $33

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DISCOUNTS
(May not be combined with any other offers) 

Student Rush:
30 minutes prior to show w/valid student ID:
$25

Student and Active/Retired Military:
$10 off single ticket prices w/ valid ID (Only available in Price Levels A and B)

$25 Under 35 Week:
Patrons under 35 years old can purchase $25 tickets for evening and weekend matinee performances during the third week of the production. Call the box office:
407.447.1700 Ext. 1

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Short Takes

"The first lady [Hilary Clinton] is a wonderful woman who has handled pressure incredibly well.”
-
Donald Trump, 1997 - In his book, The Art of The Comeback

“She’s [Hilary Clinton] very talented…Clinton would be able to negotiate a good deal with Iran.”
-
Donald Trump, 2007 - During CNN interview leading up to 2008 Election

"Hillary Clinton I think is a terrific woman…I am biased because I have known her for years. I live in New York. She lives in New York. I really like her and her husband both a lot. I think she really works hard. And I think, again, shes given an agenda, it is not all of her, but I think she really works hard and I think she does a good job. I like her.”
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Donald Trump, 2008 - To Greta Van Susteren on Fox News

Hilary Clinton is smart and tough… she would make a great president or vice president…I support Hillary. I think shes fantastic”
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Donald Trump, 2008 - Fox News Interview with Neil Cavuto

“Donald Trump’s first instincts are always right!”
- Wanzie, 2016 - Just now in this WANZeGRAM

My Two Cents

The following was written in response to an "open letter" from Mike Huckabee, chastising the President for not personally going to the flood areas in the South:

SICK? TOO BAD!

SOAKED? HAPPY TO HELP!

PRESIDENT DOING PRECISELY THE RIGHT THING IN WAKE OF FLOODS IS OF COURSE TAKEN TO TASK ERRONEOUSLY BY
DISCIPLE OPPORTUNISTIC REPUBLICANS
By Mike Dorman

This is for all those who have stooped to everything but specifically blaming the President for the heavy rains that have caused flooding in Louisiana:

The President declared a disaster within hours of being presented with the facts regarding the flooding in southern and central Louisiana. FEMA is, and has been, on the ground, and more than 85,000 have applied for emergency aid. This disaster has flooded TV news as well. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has spoken with the White House daily and has received quick responses for each request he's made to the administration. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate visited the state Tuesday and Homeland Security Secretary Johnson was in-state Thursday. Edwards noted that while the President can visit whenever he'd like, he'd prefer him to wait "a week or two" because such visits require local police and first responders to help block roads and provide security, pulling them from duties of a more critical nature (like saving lives).

EDITORS NOTE: Trump however, went to the area to score his staged photo op helping unload a truck (probably the only two minutes of physical labor the man has ever done in his life, while the cameras rolled, of course) thus putting a strain on law enforcement who had to see to his protection rather than helping victims. Then he screams into the cameras, “Obama should get off the golf course and get down here,” as usual totally oblivious to the facts; that The President  was specifically asked not to come at this point in time.

Contrary to Mike Huckabee's assertion that "If the President came down, cameras would come with him, etc...." hey, arse bag, they've been there almost since hour one and are ubiquitous (look it up, Huckleberry) on network news. Comparing this to Katrina response and FEMA inaction makes the Obama administration's response and competence shine like the sun when compared to Bush and “Brownies" ineptitude.

What I find more remarkable, coming from Huckabee and his far right Neanderthals, is the feigned concern for people whom they wouldn't cross the street to piss on if they were in flames. The implication now, smearing Obama for not coming to the flood zone, which is  wider and much more difficult to define than NOLA post Katrina, that Federal disaster funds should pour forth like water, is in direct conflict with these same talking heads' positions when and if those same people needed affordable health care.

Let me use reductio ad absurdum here: If you didn't (or couldn't) buy federal or private flood insurance, yet insisted on living in the floodplain of a major river, it's ok. We're here to help; have $33,000. (FEMA max). We know it's a natural disaster, but this one's on us. We also agree and are well aware that you failed to protect your house by buying flood insurance, either because you didn't think it could happen to you or, as likely, because it was expensive and you simply couldn't afford it. The lesson here and in New Orleans, 2005? We would be billions ahead helping subsidize flood insurance, but only if people buy it!

Now let's take another natural disaster, unrelated to where you should or should not have built your home - Cancer. Where's FEMA to help with costs? Even if you did absolutely nothing to place yourself in harm's way, but couldn't afford to buy health insurance, tough noogies.  You lose. You must fight the bureaucracy via Medicaid vice using the insurance you can't afford. That is, unless, you availed yourself of affordable  medical insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act, which of course Huckabee and his cast of mindless morons loathe and never wanted to be an option for you.

So a quick recap; if you're sick and poor, screw you, says the Far Right who hates the ACA. If you're wet and poor, however, hold on, we're coming! If you are sick, you need a doctor, but don't look to us (the Far Right) to help, because we hate universal health coverage.  But  if you're wet, in Huckabee land, even if you could have afforded flood insurance, federally subsidized, by the way, just like health coverage under the ACA for those who can't afford the entire cost, we gotcha, but it doesn't count if the President doesn't personally come and see you. Really? This may be the most mind numbingly contradictory political point of view ever. Property owners with National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policies are receiving government subsidies to live in areas with high flood risk. This might well be called "The Affordable Flood Insurance Plan," and it runs at a deficit in many years.

One wonders if this is as I painted it or if these frauds simply see a chance to smear the President and are so caught up in their own vile partisan sniping that they actually fail to see the inherent hypocrisy of subsidizing flood insurance but not health care. As Father Duffy told Timmy during the debriefing after Michael Davy passed an entire cheese sandwich through his nose, "It's a mystery, my son!"

Mike Dorman is…if you don’t know by now who Mike Dorman is then you’re probably a Republican who is too busy watching Faux News all the time to actually know what’s really going on in this country.

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Now Playing
TONIGHT - Thursday, August 25
LESLIE JORDAN: LIVE!
The Footlight Theatre

7:30
$45
Click Here for Tickets

Through August 27
PROOF
Arts Sake Studio
8 PM
$15
407.629.4800

Through August 28
MAN OF LA MANCHA
Central Florida Community Arts

Friday & Saturday - 7:30 PM / Sunday 3 PM
$18 & $25
Click Here for Tickets

Through August 28
THE BIG MEAL
Mad Cow

8 PM Thursday - Saturday & 3 PM Sunday $38 / $35 Senior / $31 Student
Click Here for Tickets

Through August 29
SORDID LIVES
The Parliament House

7 PM / 2 PM Sunday, August 28
$25
Click Here for Tickets

Through August 29
GODSPELL
Breakthrough Theatre

$20 / $18 Senior / $15 Student / $12 Monday & Thursday /$10 Alum
407-920-4034

Comming Attractions

MAXWELL - THE LEGEND OF ZELDA

GARY GULMAN - SWINGIN WITH THE BIG BANDS - PUSCIFER

SCOTT BRADLEES POSTMODERN JUKEBOX

ALAN CUMMING SINGS SAPPY SONGS

ALTON BROWN - Eat Your Science  

ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER

AMOUR   DIONNE WARWICK

FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS

        PIOBOLUS   SHADOWLAND

POKEMAN  Symphonic Evolutions

THE BOSTON POPS

THE SECOND CITY HITS HOME

Florida Theatrical Association Presents

Fairwinds Broadway In Orlando 2016/2017 Season

At Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts

The ILLUNSIONISTS Live From Broadway
October 4- 9, 2016

The NATIONAL THEATRE Production Of
CURIOUS INCIDENT
of the DOG in the NIGHT-TIME

November 1 - 6, 2016

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
December 13 - 18, 2016

A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER
February 7 -12, 2017

Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID
March 7 -12, 2017

MATILDA The Musical
May 9 -14

FINDING NEVERLAND
June 6 -11

SEASON TICKETS NOW ON SALE:

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SPECIAL ADDED FEATURE:

WICKED
January 11 - 29, 2017

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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.

August 19 - September 3
Sordid Lives

The Parliament House

August 31 - September 1
DEL SHORES LIVE!

The Parliament House
September 2
DISNEY ON ICE Follow Your Dreams
Amway Center
September 9
BONNIE & CLYDE
The Garden Theatre
LET'S HANG ON
Frankie Valli & 4 Seasons Tribute
Winter Park Playhouse
DEARLY DEPARTED Brekthrough Theatre
September 11
JESSICA HOEHN: NAKED AND AFRAID

Showroom At Savoy

September 15
ALL HANDS ON DECK

Winter Park Playhouse
September 21
Cirque de Soleil OVO
Amway Arena

September 23
All Female 177
6
Mad Cow
September 28
ROCK OF AGES
Dr. Phillip's CFTPA

MUSIC - CANDELIGHT PROCESSIONAL - FIRST CELEBS ANNOUNCED
You know the drill; celebrity narrators telling the story of The Nativity with troubadour trumpeters, a fabulous 50-piece orchestra, and an impressive 600-voice mass choir fronted by the Disney Cast Choir and The Voices of Liberty. It’s a wonderful holiday tradition beauti
fully staged at the American Gardens Amphitheater at EPCOT.

Disney has not officially published a complete list of narrators for the 2016 edition just yet, but we at the WANZeGRAM have the first few confirmed bookings to share with you:

  • Steven Curtis Chapman - November 25 to 27 

  • Neil Patrick Harris  - November 28 to December 1

  • Whoopi Goldberg - December 2 to 3

  • Meredith Vieira - December 13 to 15

  • Joe Morton - December 19 to 21

  • Cal Ripken, Jr. - December 28 to 30

Shows take place 3 times per day at 5 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:15 PM, except on December 4 when shows take place at 6:45 PM and 8:15 PM only, but we don’t yet know who the celebrity narrator will be on that day anyway, so who cares?

Candlelight Processional is free with regular theme park admission, but the best way to ensure a great seat for the show without having to queue way in advance is to purchase a dining package:
407.WDW.DINE

THEATER - SORDID SERIES at PH
A star-studded production of
Del Shores’ SORDID LIVES under the Direction of Kenny Howard with special out-of-town guest star Tommy Wooten as Brother Boy (the role made famous by Leslie Jordan). Special evenings with Del Shores, and very Special one-man shows with Emmy-Award Winner - Leslie Jordan - all combine to make THE SORDID SERIES at The Footlight Theatre: 

SORDID LIVES

  • Friday, Saturday, August 26 & 27 at 7 PM

  • Sunday, August 28 at 2 PM

  • Monday, August 29 at 7 PM

  • Friday & Saturday, September 2 & 3 at 7 PM

$25

LESLIE JORDAN LIVE
Wednesday & Thursday, August 24 & 25 at 7:30 PM

$45

DEL SHORES’ SINGULARITY SORDID
Wednesday & Thursday, August 31 & September 1 at 7:30 PM

$45

Tickets for SORDID LIVES and DEL SHORES are available at www.phouse.ticketleap.com

 Tickets for LESLIE JORDAN are available at
 
www.stageleftshows.com

HEATER  -  AFFORDABLE REHEARSAL SPACE AVAILABLE
Need rehearsal, meeting, or workshop space? Orlando Fringe has got you covered! Located on the 2nd floor of the Lowndes Shakespeare Center situated within the Fringe office complex is a fabulous 1,960 square foot space complete with a small stage, light tree, sound board, and wired microphones to meet your minimum technical needs.

The space is typically available seven days a week from 9 AM-11 PM.

The facility also features 50 seats, restrooms, folding tables, Wi-Fi, a small kitchenette for storage of hot or cold food, and an elevator for loading and ADA compliance.

Rates are as low as $15/hour. House managers and technicians are available upon request for an additional reasonable fee.

For more information, contact the lovely and always helpful Paula Whigam: paula@orlandofringe.org or call 407-648-0077

A Note From Wanzie

I liked the color scheme of the Rio Olympics.

Michael Phelps is a machine. And I know he has the right to be cocky, but does that mean he has to be cocky?

And why is it that I like cocky people in my sexual fantasies, but can’t tolerate cockiness in real life?

I don’t like big cocks. They scare me.

I’m WANZIE And That’s All I Wrote!

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