Retrovirus at the Abbey: the 80s return, or is it No Wave?

The Genitorturers will be coming home to Orlando on Thursday for a concert at The Abbey.

The Genitorturers will be coming home to Orlando on Thursday for a concert at The Abbey.


ORLANDO — Homecomings can be a happy time for the family — the college student arriving home for spring break, the long-lost relatives making a welcome visit.
And so it is, as well, with the Genitorturers.
The industrial metal band, who have proclaimed themselves “The World’s Sexiest Rock Band,” originated in Orlando. Originally called The Festering Genitorturers, they had their first performance at the Ocean Club in Cocoa Beach in June 1986.
Over the years, their form of hardcore punk would be hugely influential on a number of other prominent bands that came afterwards, including Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids.
And now they’re coming back to Orlando, for a concert on Thursday at The Abbey — a homecoming, noted Nicholas Stevens.
“This will be their 30th anniversary party here in Orlando,” noted Stevens, the founder of Modern Music Movement, a commercial music business that stages themed events, including some around music like past tribute shows to David Bowie and the Rolling Stones.
“They started right here in Orlando in June of 1986,” Stevens said. “They were the ones who originally taught Marilyn Manson his schtick.” Continue reading

Freeline Media Review: “Assassinations and Other Macabre Tales”

Puppets help describe the bizarre tales in "Assassinations and Other macabre Tales."

Puppets help describe the bizarre tales in “Assassinations and Other macabre Tales.”


ORLANDO — “Assassinations and Other Macabre Tales” is a brilliant piece of mini-theater — and I say “mini” mainly because this show clocks in at a speedy 15 minutes.
But that doesn’t matter: this is still a wildly inventive attempt at dark political comedy.
The show is being performed at the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, inside the “Jamie Mykins Theater” — which turns out to be a fairly spacious closet painted black. I’m guessing only about six people can fit in at one time (there were three of us in the audience on the evening I went to see the show), and you remain standing as the room goes pitch black.
Above you, at the top of a black curtain, are two puppets — one male, one female — who take us on a wild ride as they ponder one of the political world’s most bizarre mysteries: the so-called two-year death curse among our nation’s presidents. The curse, noted in Ripley’s Believe it or Not and also called the Curse of Tippecanoe, is used to describe the regular death in office of presidents elected in years evenly divisible by twenty, starting with William Henry Harrison’s death after his election in 1840, right up to John F. Kennedy, elected in 1960. Continue reading

Early reviews praise “Murder Sleep” at the Orlando Fringe Festival

"Murder Sleep" opens on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. at the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival.

“Murder Sleep” opens on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. at the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival.


ORLANDO — Early reviews are in for Freeline Productions’ original thriller “Murder Sleep,” which opens at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival.
The play, written by Michael Freeman and directed by Laurel Clark and Jim Cundiff, features Steven Johnson, Mickey Layman and Sara Cutlip as three people staying at a strange historic hotel in Fort Lauderdale.
Orlando Sentinel critic Lania Berger praised the play’s updating of a Shakespeare classic, humor, and one of the performers in particular.
“In this re-imagining of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth,’ author Michael Freeman sets his scene for sex, blood and murder in a historic Fort Lauderdale hotel room in the 21st century,” she wrote.
Berger noted her appreciation for Cutlip’s performance as the mysterious and enigmatic Francesca, writing, “Sara Cutlip is convincing as an exotic hooker who uses her sexual prowess to persuade the unsuspecting and ecstasy-tripping Ryan (Steve Johnson) to murder the man in room 1238, thus making himself ‘rich as a king.’ ” Continue reading

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