Some thoughts on Naked Rage Theatre

Freeline Productions has taken out an application for the 2015 Orlando Fringe Festival for its play "Murder Sleep."

Freeline Productions has taken out an application for the 2015 Orlando Fringe Festival for its play “Murder Sleep.”


It’s rather interesting to note that a lot of the criticism of the video game “Assassin’s Creed Unity” is not being made from an artistic perspective, or one focusing on the quality of this video game compared to many others — but from politicians.
The newly released game is set in Paris during the French Revolution in 1789, a follow-up to earlier video games set during the Crusades and the American Revolution, and made by a Ubisoft, a French company.
Heavy in bloody violence, the critics have denounced it for portraying the key players in the game as bloodthirsty murderers — when in fact the politicos insist they were heroic revolutionaries. After all, wasn’t it a case of the oppressed masses rising up against a privileged nobility that set off the revolution — a chance to bring down the folks who scoffed at the notion of fixing poverty, disease and hunger?
It will be left to those who can obsessively sit for hours next to their Xbox, playing video games for hours, to decide whether this one is effective or not — and to the French politicians to decide how it fits into their own particular version of the culture wars. Read more »

Freelining with Mike Freeman: A fond farewell to a great friend

Freeline Media editor pays tribute to his late friend, the feline Crabby Tabby.

Freeline Media editor pays tribute to his late friend, the feline Crabby Tabby.


It’s been said that acts of kindness, provided to one who has so rarely had the benefit of experiencing them, can transform a personality — to turn the cynical into the hopeful, to sooth the angry and make them tranquil.
There are people who will counter that suggestion, and point to ornery folks they knew that started out mean, and no matter how much kind acts you tossed their way, never changed their tune.
I have my own example, though, and it’s one that brought a great deal of joy to my life for the past nearly seven years — in this case, from offering kindness to someone else, then happily watching their most amazing transformation.
In this case, it started in August 2008, when I bought my home in the Colonialtown neighborhood of Orlando. That’s when he first came into my life — well, in very small ways, anyway. Read more »

Freeline Media Review: “To Kill a Mockingbird”

The Orlando Shakespeare Theater is producing the play "To Kill a Mockingbird" now through March 8.

The Orlando Shakespeare Theater is producing the play “To Kill a Mockingbird” now through March 8.


ORLANDO — As the lights go down inside the Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s Margeson Theater and the production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” is about to start, you might feel tempted to pose some questions to yourself before it begins.
Namely, how is a theatrical version likely to compare to the classic novel by Harper Lee, or to the 1962 movie version starring Gregory Peck, or perhaps how they go about condensing such a lengthy story into a two and a half hour stage version.
By the time the lights rise and the actors comes back on stage to take a bow, what you’re quite likely to be thinking about is the absolutely powerhouse cast that the Shakes brings together for this production, a group of performers who come to own their characters and — in a production that has moments that are quiet, humorous, and intensely tragic — just how moving an experience it is. Read more »

Eric Jacobsen earns thunderous applause for “Scheherazade”

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra performed at the Bob Carr Theater on Saturday with guest conductor Eric Jacobsen.

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra performed at the Bob Carr Theater on Saturday with guest conductor Eric Jacobsen.


ORLANDO — As the lights rose inside the Bob Carr Theater at the conclusion of a performance of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and the crowd began to leave, a middle aged man leaned over to his wife and said, “What a great concert.”
“What did you think about him?” the wife asked.
“The best I’ve seen,” the man responded.
The “him” that she was referring to was Eric Jacobsen, the guest conductor who led OPO through the performance on Saturday night of “Scheherazade.” It was, as virtually everyone in the nearly sold out crowd understood, not just a performance by a conductor leading his musicians, but also a very high profile job application.
As the OPO continues its search for a new conductor, Jacobsen is one of three finalists, noted David Schillhammer, the executive director of OPO. Read more »

Georgia man arrested for texting his “sexy wife” — a 13-year-old

Derrick Serrano was arrested in Georgia after Polk County detectives say he sent graphic text messages to a 13-year-old girl.

Derrick Serrano was arrested in Georgia after Polk County detectives say he sent graphic text messages to a 13-year-old girl.


BARTOW — A Georgia man are arrested on Wednesday, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office noted, after he sent nude images of himself by text to the cellphone of the person he called his “sexy wife.”
The only problem, the sheriff’s office noted, is that the two were not married — and the girl is 13-years old.
Derrick R. Serrano, 22, of Pearson, Georgia, was arrested after Polk detectives had found a ‘selfie’ photo they said is of Serrano naked on the young girl’s cell phone. He was arrested in Georgia and charged with the illegal use of a two-way communication device — a cell phone — to commit a felony, using a computer to seduce, solicit and lure a child, and transmitting harmful material to a minor.
“It appeared Serrano had access to the child victim’s Facebook account and could read messages the victim received from others,” noted Donna C. Wood, the public information officer for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, in her report on the arrest. “Serrano later wrote he wanted to give her a ‘treat’ alone by herself. Serrano then directed the victim to delete their text messages and wrote ‘daddy loves his sexy wife.’ ” Read more »

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