Cast your votes all weekend, into next week: the Best of Fab Fringe.

If there's one thing the staff at Freeline Media love, it's Fringe. (Photo by Michael Freeman).

ORLANDO — If there’s one thing the staff at Freeline Media love, it’s Fringe.
As in, the annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival.
And since the 21st annaul Orlando Fringe Festival, which kicked off on May 16 and continues through Memorial Day on May 28, has already broken box office records and experienced more sold out shows than at any time in recent memory, the staff at Freeline Media felt it was the perfect time to launch a long-nursed ambition: the Freeline Media Best of Fab Fringe reader’s choice picks. Since it seems like more than half of Central Florida has been to Fringe this year — selling out shows, scrambling for parking near Loch Haven Park, relaxing in the beer tent or finding things to do at Kids Fringe, Freeline Media is inviting readers to cast their vote for the best shows this year in seven different categories.
Since Freeline Media has already reviewed several of the shows, so this online magazine is well aware of the diverse talent on display this year. The Fringe continues to attract first rate artistic talent from across the globe, and Fringe gives them an opportunity to showcase that here in Orlando. Continue reading

The Fringe’s new producer basks in box office records being happily broken.

A growing number of shows at the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival are selling out. (Photo by Michael Freeman).

ORLANDO – Being a producer means the potential for a lot of things to go wrong, and the annoyance of having to quickly fix it before it starts intruding on the enjoyment of the patrons.
On Wednesday, Michael Marinaccio, the producer of the 21 annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, said one problem had come to his attention that night: a whole bunch of Fringe shows were selling out, with a growing number of people arriving at the ticket booth, suddenly unable to get into those shows.
And Marinaccio is the first to admit, ”It’s a good problem to have.’’
Exactly one week after the Fringe Festival had its ribbon cutting ceremony and opened its doors to the general public, attendance at this two week event has clearly been on the upswing. There were long lines waiting to see some of the most popular shows, parking was a challenge for anyone who arrived after 5 p.m., and the beer tent and outside food court at Loch Haven Park was crowded as well. It seems, Marinaccio noted, that quite a lot of Orlando was headed to Fringe. Continue reading

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