Fringe Review: “Pillow Talk”

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“Pillow Talk” looks at two straight guys who have to share a bed together — at the Orlando Fringe Festival, of all places.

ORLANDO — So what is it with those straight guys?
You know, the ones who are so freakin’ uptight about their masculinity, or what the lunkheads over at the roadhouse are going to think, that even something as simple as a little friendly hug is way off limits. Sheesh.
In this hip era of gay marriage, where we’re all so enlightened and even healthy majorities of Catholics and Protestants favor those non-traditional nuptials, can’t a couple of straight guys just show a tiny bit of affection for one another — you know, just as buds — without the whole world thinking they’re just a couple of homos?
And now we have the answer, folks, courtesy of playwright Peter Tolan’s play “Pillow Talk,” brought to us by director Jamie DeHay.
The answer is one big, fat, hilarious NO!
If you’re wondering why, catch “Pillow Talk” at the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival. When you notice that the only thing on the stage is a bed, and that the play features just two actors (Logan Ayala and Jonathan “Gyo” Gamble), you get a pretty good sense of where things are headed.
So — the plot. Aaron (Ayala) and Doug (Gamble) are best buddies doing a cross-country road trip together. They spend a night with Aaron’s grandma, who is nice enough to let them share her bed while she sleeps on the couch in the next room. So Aaron strips down to his shorts, hops in bed, and is ready to call it a night.
Only — Doug isn’t. Continue reading

Canada’s hottest hunks coming to Orlando Fringe in “Mo’ Manada”

BoylesqueTO returns to the Orlando Fringe Festival with “Mo’ Manada!” and more naked Canadian men.


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.
Some Fringe show offer harrowing dramas that expose the characters’ raw naked emotions … and then, some shows just like the naked part! Last year, Fringe audiences got quite a bit of naked from “Oh Manada!,” a show featuring Canada’s premiere all-male burlesque troupe, BoylesqueTO. Guess what — the boys are back, with a promise of more Canadian hunks, more hockey players, more lumberjacks — and more bare butts.
Then new show, “Mo’ Manada!” is a cabaret revue where the studly Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau decides the only way to save America after a tense year in politics is …. with a team of Canadian strippers specially trained in naked diplomacy (makes sense!).
Founded in 2008, BoylesqueTO is Canada’s premiere all-male burlesque troupe, featuring dancers, actors, and performance artists. This year’s lineup includes dancing beavers, a romance between a Mountie and a lumberjack, French Canadian garçons, and a hunky hockey player eager to score.
Freeline Media decided to reach out to one member of the troupe, Canadian hunk James and the Giant Pasty, to get the naked facts on this one. Continue reading

Madame PeeVira is back at Orlando Fringe with a screaming Sing-Along!

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Madame PeeVira, the Fringy Mime Queen, is back with an all new fringe show.

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.
And Mary, have we got something positively DIVINE for you this year.
Madame PeeVira, also known as the Fringy Mime Queen (and if anyone is thinking of stealing that title, honey back off!) is back with an all new Fringe show. Remember the 90s? The Clintons, Tanya Harding, etc. etc. Madame PeeVira is bringing us a killer 1990’s sing-along, inviting audiences to board a SCAREavan of nostalgia.
The ride includes moments that are Madame PeeVira promises will be absurd, raunchy, and fun, as guests sing along to 90s classic hits.
Written and directed by Aj Prats, “PeeVira’s SCAREavan Sing-along” will be structured as a “long form pantomime drag show with sing-along moments,” Aj noted.
“Think ‘Carpool Karaoke’ in drag, rolled into a scary — but campy — hostage situation, in a van driven by PeeVira’s butch chauffeur,” played by Serina Marshall, he added.
Each show seats only 8 people at a time, Aj pointed out, so the audience gets an intimate and fun experience.
“Once on board, the guests will get to select their own show to decide which year from the 90’s they will sing-along to,” Aj said. “Complete with games, naughty behavior, and 90’s nostalgia, this will be one show you don’t want to miss.”
Freeline Media reached out to Aj to find out why this show is one that any proud drag queen simply can’t miss. Continue reading

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