Freeline Media Review: “The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?”

Edward Albee's "The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?" is now playing at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center.

Edward Albee’s “The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?” is now playing at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center.


ORLANDO — Martin is a truly ducky guy, who seems to have it all.
At age 50, he’s a respected architect who lives in a beautiful home with a loving wife, Stevie. They’re a smart, sophisticated, and intellectual couple – liberal enough that Martin has, after some initial discomfort about the subject, accepted that his son Billy is gay.
Martin’s life would appear to be a model for perfection, except for one thing: although still deeply devoted to his wife, a recent visit to a house for sale in the countryside has changed everything for him. Martin and Stevie have always wanted a house in the country they can use as a refuge from the big city, and while visiting one, he suddenly noticed her. Their eyes met. And in a split second, Martin knew he had fallen in love. Continue reading

Freelining with Mike Freeman: Good and bad darkness.

Is there a scary darkness, and a soothing darkness? Or is the night just simply a part of the life cycle? (Photo by Michael W. Freeman).

Is there a scary darkness, and a soothing darkness? Or is the night just simply a part of the life cycle? (Photo by Michael W. Freeman).


Spend time lying in bed at night, feeling drowsy but not exhausted, and then open the window.
Lie there comfortably on a mild evening, and listen to the sounds you hear from outside.
Some time later, wake up in the very early morning, maybe around 4 o’clock or so. Do the same thing. Lie there in the darkness, still drowsy but no longer asleep, and listen to the sounds from your open window.
Stare out into the darkness.
Night darkness, it seems to me, is radically different from morning darkness. Continue reading

From Stiff Nights to glass pipes, Pipe Dreams keeps the minors out.

The turtles at Pipe Dreams are a draw for kids. What's inside the store is not. (Photo by Dave Raith.)

The turtles at Pipe Dreams are a draw for kids. What’s inside the store is not. (Photo by Dave Raith.)

CASSELBERRY – On a warm Saturday morning, a mother and her daughter could be found kneeling outside of three large metal cages.
The object of their interest was what was inside those cages: several large turtles that largely ignored the two spectators and focused instead on something else that had captured their attention, the hearty supply of lettuce available to munch on. The young girl, in particular, looked as if she could have spent most of the afternoon observing those turtles, even if they did move so slowly as to seem hardly capable of being entertaining for more than a few minutes.
It was appropriate, though, that the child managed to stay entertained outside by the turtle cages, because the shop that is home to those turtles would not have allowed her to come inside — even with a parent by her side.
“Must be 18 years old,” the sign on the front door notes. Then again, the shop is Pipe Dreams. Continue reading

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