Freeline Media Review: “Dames At Sea”

The comedy musical "Dames at Sea" is now being performed at the Winter Park Playhouse.

The comedy musical “Dames at Sea” is now being performed at the Winter Park Playhouse.


WINTER PARK — In their musical comedy “Dames At Sea,” writers George Haimsohn and Robin Miller demonstrate absolutely no anxiety about being hopelessly silly — or about reveling in as many aging, decrepit clichĂ©s as possible.
Their show opens in a theater in New York City, and it all has a very familiar feel. There’s Mona, the egotistical, pampered star of the show, who has no qualms about being eyes-clawing ruthless to get her way. The director, Hennesey, is as harried as they come; all his money has been sunk into this production, Mona constantly pushes him around, and one of his chorus girls just ran off with her boyfriend. Continue reading

Freeline Media Review: “Venus in Fur”

The character of Thomas (Mathieu Amalric, right) bears a striking resemblance to Trelkovsky (left), the character that director Roman Polanski played in his 1976 movie "The Tenant."

The character of Thomas (Mathieu Almarac, right) bears a striking resemblance to Trelkovsky (left), the character that director Roman Polanski played in his 1976 movie “The Tenant.”

“Venus in Fur” marks director Roman Polanski’s return to the world of fantasy and surrealism, a genre he championed in his earliest short films while a student at the Lodz Film School in Poland, like “The Lamp” and “Two Men in a Wardrobe” — even though Polanski’s adaptation of the hit Broadway play by David Ives initially seems like a straightforward black comedy about the battle of the sexes.
And while Polanski adapted the screenplay with Ives and remained loyal to the play, recreating it with few alterations, the movie seems to harken back to Polanski’s work in the 1960s and 1970s, when an often uncomfortable and slightly ominous sense of reality gives way to a trip down the rabbit hole, and the world as we know it goes berserk and the film follows the surrealistic logic of a dreamlike state. Continue reading

Animal abuse sadly on the rise, Orange County shelter notes

People who love their pets are being urged not to leave them in locked cars.

People who love their pets are being urged not to leave them in locked cars.

ORLANDO — In the dog days of summer, it’s sadly turning out to be very tough days for all too many local pets.
The Orange County Animal Services is reporting that for the second time in recent weeks, an animal abuse case came to the attention of local law enforcement — by a call from a pizza delivery worker.
The first instance happened in Winter Haven, when a delivery driver brought a pizza to a home where there was a cockfighting ring going on, which he promptly reported to authorities.
Then on Sunday, June 28, a delivery driver reported to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office that he’d found an injured puppy on North Ohio Avenue in Orlando.
An Orange County Animal Services’ officer responded to the call, and found an injured three-month-old puppy, the shelter noted in a news release.
“Per the pet owner, the dog had sustained an injury from another dog in the neighborhood,” the shelter noted. “The owner surrendered the pet to Animal Services. An investigation is currently pending.” Continue reading

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