Review: Terrors of the mind grip you tightly in “Phantasmagoria VIII: The Chains of Fire”

ORLANDO – Classic horror literature, in the minds of many, probably means monsters – Bram Stoker giving us the bloody-sucking terror of his vampire Dracula, or Mary Shelley creating the lumbering hulk made of fresh corpses that becomes “Frankenstein.” Still, not all writers of long-distant eras felt they needed to… Continue reading

A dark and powerful “Man of La Mancha” comes to Orlando Shakes

ORLANDO – Davis Gaines cuts a truly commanding presence as Cervantes, the tax collector, playwright and dreamer in the legendary Broadway show “Man of La Mancha,” now being performed at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, that he’s thrilling ever moment he’s on stage. Gaines has a marvelously towering voice from the… Continue reading

“Life Could Be a Dream” takes a harmonious trip back to a more innocent era

WINTER PARK — When someone mentions the 1960s, most people are likely to recall a highly turbulent era, especially in the latter years. Political assassinations, anti-war protests, and the flower child movement all rocked the nation from 1967 until the 1970s arrived, and it was a time when it felt… Continue reading

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