About Michael W Freeman

Michael W. Freeman is a veteran journalist, playwright and author. Born and raised in Fall River, Massachusetts, he has lived in Orlando since 2002. Michael has worked for some of Florida's largest newspapers, including The Orlando Sentinel. His original plays have draw strong audiences at the Orlando Fringe Festival. He is the author of the novels "Bloody Rabbit" and "Koby's New Home."

LOL is not just for social media anymore — now it’s a Fringe show, too

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The comedy show “Lol Lol Land” is coming to the Orlando Fringe Festival in May.

ORLANDO – The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival kicks off at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16 at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, and runs through May 29. This year the nearly three-week long festival will feature the largest line-up of shows in its history.
While Fringe usually has it all — music, drama, magic, and dance, comedy is a big draw. That appears to be the key logic behind Daisy Productions’ sketch comedy revue “LOL LOL Land.” Producer Kelly Taylor had an explanation for the show, and what audiences could expect.
“The world is crazy,” she noted. “Instead of trying to keep up with the hectic mess, you could travel to an enchanted place where people sing about life’s struggles and dance all their cares away. But even then your feet would tire before your Netflix and chillin’ body lost it’s voice from belting the high D’s. So here’s your solution: a comedy show with no rules and great laughs that you don’t have to work for.”
Sufficiently intrigued, Freeline Media reached out to Kelly to learn more. Continue reading

Some Tasty Monsters look back at the Falkland during the Fringe

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Tasty Monster Productions is bringing their show “Falklands” to the Orlando Fringe Festival.


ORLANDO – The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival kicks off at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16 at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, and runs through May 29. This year the nearly three-week long festival will feature the largest line-up of shows in its history.
It’s common for a Fringe show to touch on plenty of topical subjects, but this year, one show is looking backwards — in history, that is.
Tasty Monster Productions was founded in 2011 by Heather Bagnall and Luke Tudball in an effort to mix the theatrical talents of artists from some of the best new talent in the United States and the United Kingdom. In the past six years, they have done innovative theater, cabarets, small ensemble shows and musicals. Last year, Tasty Monsters was at Fringe with the musical comedy “The Space Pirate Puppy Musical.”
This year, Like noted, Tasty Monsters is going in a very different direction, taking what he calls a “hard-hitting new look at the Falklands War.”
“Falkland” looks back at 1982 Falklands War, also known as the Falklands Conflict. It was a ten-week war between Argentina and the United Kingdom over two British overseas territories in the South Atlantic.
Written by Heather and directed by Luke, it focuses on two unlikely friends, an idealistic young soldier and a reluctant farmer turned Captain, who find a new camaraderie as the theater of war plays out all around them.
“Bitter conflict, questionable politics, and moral debate engage us in a traumatic, but necessary, journey through the lives of the two men and the many twists and turns they encounter on the road to redemption,” Tasty Monsters noted.
Intrigued, Freeline Media reached out to Luke to learn more about the show. Continue reading

During Fringe, Mickey Layman will take us back to the music of Ethel Merman

Ethel Merman Fringe

“Everything I Need to Know I Learned From… Ethel Merman” is a musical extravaganza coming to the Orlando Fringe Festival in May.


ORLANDO – The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival kicks off at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16 at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, and runs through May 29. This year the nearly three-week long festival will feature the largest line-up of shows in its history.
Actor and singer Mickey Layman, a veteran performer at Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Shows, was at Fringe 2016 playing the role of R.T. in Freeline Productions’ show “Murder Sleep.” This year, Mickey is back — and he’s bringing Ethel with him.
Merman, that is.
“Everything I Need to Know I Learned From … Ethel Merman” is a 60-minute musical extravaganza that pays tribute to the Broadway and film star remembered fondly for shows like “Gypsy” and “Annie Get Your Gun.” As Mickey noted, “This hilarious show explores the ABCs of survival in the adult world by following the wisest Diva of them all: Ethel Merman!”
But there’s a serious side as well to this one-man-show, featuring plenty of memorable showtunes. As Mickey noted, it’s also about what it was like to grow up gay in a Pentecostal household in the Bible Belt. His saviors: community theater, an old record player, and the vinyl recordings of Broadway’s greatest diva.
In-between rehearsals of some of Ethel’s best known songs like “You’re The Top,” “I Got Lost In His Arms,” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” Freeline Media checked in with Mickey to learn more about the show. Continue reading

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