October 23rd, 2016
On Saturday, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra brought Broadway back to the Bob Carr Theater with the program, “Great American Songbook.”
ORLANDO — For years, touring Broadway productions always made a stop in Orlando
at the Bob Carr Theater
, until those shows shifted to the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
On Saturday, though, Broadway made a return to the Bob Carr Theater, courtesy of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
, which revived classic songs from hit stage musicals in a program titled “Great American Songbook.”
The concert, conducted by Albert George Schram, rediscovered songs by seven of Broadway’s best known songwriters, including Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Jule Styne, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen and Jerome Kern.
The OPO was assisted in the afternoon and evenings shows by the vocal talents of Christine Noll, who made her Broadway debut in “Jekyll & Hyde The Musical,” and most recently received a Drama Desk nomination for her work in “Chaplin”; and Doug Labrecque, who has performed in such productions as “Phantom of the Opera,” “Showboat” and “Les Miserables,” among others. Read more »
October 21st, 2016
Yes, Living Room Theater is just what it sounds like: theater in someone’s living room.
ORLANDO – The name of this performance art trio is Living Room Theater — and yes, it means just that.
The concept is simple: rather than perform on a stage in an auditorium, how about bringing community theater directly to one’s own living room?
On Saturday, Oct. 29, Michael Freeman, the editor and publisher of Freeline Media, will open the doors of his home in the Colonialtown North neighborhood in Orlando to host a special performance by Living Room Theater.
“What is Living Room Theater?” notes a release by the theater group that pioneered this concept. “Paths of absurdity, raw truth and love intersect as Bear, Otter and Dog invite you into a living room to share vignettes reflecting upon our humanity. Through pensive to comical conversations, experimental performance pieces and live instrumentals, a story emerges. No two shows alike.” Read more »
October 21st, 2016
“Bloody Rabbit” follows one man’s terrifying journey from hopelessness to a new start — in a world spinning out of control.
ORLANDO — Freeline Productions’ fiction novel “Bloody Rabbit,” written by author Michael W. Freeman, has just been re-issued in a new, larger print, easier to read version.
The book, which follows the disturbing life of Orlando resident R.T. Robeson, is available on Amazon and as a Kindle eBook.
“It was pouring out when R.T. Robeson jumped on the bus that would carry him from downtown Orlando to the building in an older, somewhat less fashionable section of the city. He had never visited the building before, but a Miss Gardenia was expecting him …”
So begins “Bloody Rabbit.”
In his book “Horror: A Connoisseur’s Guide to Literature and Film,” author Leonard Wolf writes that “Horror literature can do more than frighten us in a safe place. At its best, it provides us with images that speak to our subconscious because they resonate with myth …. horror literature touches the nerve of paranoia that many of us cherish by confirming our suspicion that there is a ‘they’ or an ‘it’ or a ‘he’ or a ‘she’ that is out to get us.”
Welcome to the world of “Bloody Rabbit,” a novel that takes readers on a brooding, dark — and darkly comic — journey into a long nightmare for R.T. Robeson — right up to the blood-freezing ending.
It starts in a world familiar to us all: the struggle to cope during an economic downturn. The book slow builds to an even more terrifying situation: the vicious persecution of those who become an angry society’s scapegoats. Read more »
October 21st, 2016
Clean Beauty Bar, the new salon and spa in Winter Park, will host a grand opening celebration on Thursday, Nov. 3.
WINTER PARK — Park Avenue will be the scene of a spectacular grand opening celebration in November, a can’t-miss event that promises to be a real beauty.
On Thursday, Nov. 3, Clean Beauty Bar, Park Avenue’s exciting new beauty salon and spa, is inviting the public to join them at 170 E. Morse Boulevard for an evening of music, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and a special holiday menu.
Clean Beauty Bar had a recent soft opening, and since then, has built up a strong following for their innovative approach to beauty. This unique spa offers a host of treatments, including massage therapy, skin care, waxing and tinting, and nail care. Clean Beauty Bar has also gained popularity for its essential oil bar, offering empty plastic bottles that customers can use to fill up on their choice of essential oils. Take your pick: Sweet Orange, Peppermint, and Lemongrass, and more. Read more »
October 20th, 2016
In time for the Halloween season, the Orlando Shakespeare Theater is producing “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.”
ORLANDO — The Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s
production of “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” attempts two very interesting challenges — both, I think, successfully.
The first is to take a very literate script (adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, from the novella “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson) that manages to strike an intriguing balance: asking serious questions about the nature of identity, while at the same time delivering what this story has always offered — some genuinely scary moments. The production, directed by Cynthia White, could have seemed stuffy and talky — one of those “Masterpiece Theatre” imitators with hoity toity British accents — for those expecting a more Watch out!
scarefest version, but thanks to a talented cast and some eerily effective lighting and sound effects, the story remains gripping even to those, like me, who know it so well. Read more »