Freeline Productions applies to Orlando Fringe Festival

Freeline Productions has taken out an application for the 2015 Orlando Fringe Festival for its play "Murder Sleep."

Freeline Productions has taken out an application for the 2015 Orlando Fringe Festival for its play “Murder Sleep.”


ORLANDO – Freeline Productions will file an application for the 2015 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival. The Orlando-based Freeline is entering playwright Michael W. Freeman’s eerie thriller “Murder Sleep”, a variation of Shakespeare’s classic (and bloody) drama “Macbeth”.
Applications are now available for the 24th annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival. There is a $25 application fee, and the deadline to apply is Nov. 21 at 5 p.m.
The public lottery will be held on Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center’s Margeson Theater (known to Fringe dwellers as the Orange Venue).
The 24th annual Orlando Fringe, which will be held in May, is also celebrating a new partnership with the Orlando Museum of Art, which will become the Gold Venue.
Freeline Production is filing a Fringe application for “Murder Sleep,” an original play set in an aging hotel in Fort Lauderdale. Continue reading

Freeline Media Review: “Killer Joe”

Theatre Downtown is now producing Tracy Letts' play "Killer Joe."

Theatre Downtown is now producing Tracy Letts’ play “Killer Joe.”


ORLANDO — Young and pretty Dottie Smith is watching a martial arts instruction program on television when the stranger at the front door starts knocking. Dottie has the volume on so loud that she doesn’t hear him, so he simply opens the door and walks in.
The man at the door is Joe Cooper, who has come to talk business with Dottie’s father, Ansel, and her brother Chris. But until they arrive, he chats for a few minutes with Dottie.
Dottie is sweet, has an aura of pure innocence about her, but also seems curious and inquisitive rather than shy. Cooper, a tall, handsome man, is soft spoken, respectful and well mannered. It quickly becomes clear that Dottie is entirely charmed by him – and that Cooper finds her quite appealing as well.
And then, in the midst of their rather routine bit of small talk, Dottie matter-of-factly asks the question – “Are you going to kill my mama?” Continue reading

Jewish Cinema: Polish humor in Polanski’s “Pirates”

Roman Polanski's 1986 movie "Pirates" is only available on DVD in Europe.

Roman Polanski’s 1986 movie “Pirates” is only available on DVD in Europe.

Roman Polanski’s 1986 movie “Pirates” is generally considered to be a great director’s least regarded film – the one that comes in dead last when his directorial output is ranked from best to worst.
Having received some of the most razor-slashing and hostile reviews of any Polanski movie back in 1986, and being a box office flop as well, “Pirates” is the only Polanski movie that has not been released on DVD in the United States, although it did get released on VHS back in the 1980s.
Films that earn reputations as cinematic misfires (bombs) are sometimes worth a second look decades later, to see how they’ve aged. After having watched “Pirates” on a recent afternoon, it was easy to spot some of the film’s virtues: the spectacular beauty of the locations in Tunisia where the movie was filmed; the rousing score by the first-rate French composer Phillippe Sarde (who did similarly excellent scores for Polanski’s “The Tenant” and “Tess”); the costumes by Anthony Powell that earned “Pirates” an Academy Award nomination; and an underrated comedic lead performance by Walter Matthau, aided by Damien Thomas as his chief rival and Roy Kinnear in a hilarious cameo. Continue reading

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