“The Exit Interview” opens Saturday at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center.
The Weekend Choices and Picks are in — Now no one can say there is nothing going on! From Central Florida Theatre in Process comes this new list of events all over Central Florida!
Events this weekend include:
* “FRINGE FIRST MONDAY featuring CHASE PADGETT” courtesy of the Orlando Fringe, held on Monday, Oct. 1 at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St. in Orlando. Tickets are $10 cash at the door, and doors open at 6:30 p.m., while the show starts at 7. Reserve your tickets now through Nicole at nicole@orlandofringe.org or by calling 407-648-0077.
For information: https://www.facebook.com/events/463021033732349/ or log on to
* “FRINGE FIRST MONDAY ARTIST WORKSHOP” also courtesy of the Orlando Fringe, and this event is free and open to the public. Join the Fringe folks at the Mandell Theater in the Lowndes Shakespeare Center on Monday, Oct. 1 at 8:30 p.m. (after Chase Padgett performs) for the first Fringe Artist Workshop, which will include information about applications, Lottery, venues and general guidelines. No reservations are necessary.
For info: https://www.facebook.com/events/521448724539069/ or log on to www.orlandofringe.org.
* “Oleanna” by the Valencia College Humanities Speaker Series, performed in the Valencia College Black Box at the Orlando campus. This is David Mamet’s searing play about power and sexual exploitation on a college campus. There are two free performances and back talks — tonight at 7:30 and Friday at 1 p.m.
For info: https://www.facebook.com/events/270801333037098/272899709493927/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity.
This show is rated for Mature audiences.
* “The Miss Firecracker Contest” by Beth Henley is being performed at the Annie Russell Theatre at Rollins College in Winter Park. There is guaranteed to be a glittering explosion of laughs that sparkle throughout Beth Henley’s story of one small Mississippi town’s biggest annual celebration: the 4th of July Festival and beauty pageant. Carnelle has quite the reputation as a less-than-respectable young lady of Brookhaven, but she is determined to trade in her undesired (yet deserved) nickname of “Miss Hot Tamale” for the glamorous coveted title of “Miss Firecracker.”
To reach the Box Office, call 407-646-2145.
Discounts are available for current students with valid ID, and group rates available as well.
For info: http://www.facebook.com/events/111553708997284/ or log on to www.rollins.edu/annierussell.
* ‘Savage In Limbo’ is an Art’s Sake Resident Ensemble Production bein performed at the Art’s Sake Studio in Winter Park. Five lost souls, one last call, in John Patrick Shanley’s “Savage,” which offers a unique view into the lives of five 32 year-olds in a Brooklyn bar trying to negotiate their mangled lives, romances, demons, disappointments and friendships. The show runs Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 6, with shows at 8 p.m.
Email savagereservations@gmail.com or call 407-494-5425 for tickets, which are $12 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors.
For info: http://www.facebook.com/events/502098236486814/, this show has mature themes and language and is for adult audience only.
TWO great shows are coming up from The Orlando Shakespeare Theater.
* “The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)” is the Three Stooges meets The History Channel when three merry men in tights weave their wicked way through all 37 of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, and tragedies. The play runs through Oct. 7. Tickets, priced at $20-$40, are on sale now by calling 407-447-1700 or visiting http://www.orlandoshakes.org/. This is rated for general audience, and there is $10 off evening performances tonight and Friday with Coupon Code: ABRIDGED.
* “The Exit Interview”, a show where nothing is taboo in this raucous comedy about The Big Three: Religion, Sex and Politics. One of the funniest and smartest contemporary comedies in years, “The Exit Interview” stars Michael Marinaccio, Anitra Pritchard, Alex Mrazek, and Janine Klein in this National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. It opens tonight and runs through Oct. 21. Half price tickets are available for Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 4, by showing Coupon Code: EXIT.
Tickets, priced at $22, are on sale now by calling 407-447-1700 or visiting http://orlandoshakes.org/. This show is recommended for adult audiences only.
* “Pete ‘n” Keely,” is playing at the Winter Park Playhouse. It’s a musical comedy. America’s favorite singing couple reunite live on national television, five years after their divorce. The show runs tonight, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Industry discounts are available at every performance while tickets last. Reservations are recommended and can be purchased by calling 407-645-0145 or visiting www.winterparkplayhouse.org.
TWO great shows are being offered by the Bay Street Players in Eustis.
* “Wait Until Dark” is playing now through Oct. 14. Call the Box Office at 352-357-7777 or book online at baystreetplayers.org. The historic State Theatre in downtown Eustis presents the story of a blind woman in a deadly game of survival. This is an intense thriller that may not be suitable for young children.
* “God of Carnage” is Yasmina Reza’s comedy of parents behaving badly. It runs Sept. 30, Oct. 7, and Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Call 352-357-7777 or book online at baystreetplayers.org. This play contains adult language and mature themes.
* “Wit” opens Friday with a pre-show reception to benefit and raise awareness for ovarian cancer. There will be free food and drink and this fantastic show! For information, log on to http://www.pointearts.org/.
SAK Comedy Lab, conveniently located at the CityArts Factory’s second floor Eola Capital Loft on the corner of Orange Avenue and Pine Street, performs live improv comedy shows that are fun and suitable for all ages Tuesday through Saturday. Drop by the studio at 29 S. Orange Ave. or call 407-648-0001 or visit www.sak.com for more information.
Tonight is “Skooled & Served” night. If you’re a student, work in the industry or hospitality, tickets are only $5 with proof! At 7:30 p.m. there will be Duel of Fools, and at 9:30, Gorilla Theatre.
Friday night tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for Florida residents, student, military, and seniors. At 11:30 p.m., see Mash Up!
* “THE PAPER BAG PRINCESS” ends its run on Sunday at The REP at Loch Haven Park in Orlando. Tickets are $11 with public performances on Saturday and Sunday at 2 and 5:30 p.m. Call 407-896-7365 for information, or visit http://www.orlandorep.com/Index.aspx.
The Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s essential Shakespeare training is coming up!
If you are an actor who is afraid of Shakespeare, you just haven’t met the right classes. It’s truly not intimidating once you learn the basics. These classes are designed to eliminate your “Shakes-feare.” No Shakespeare experience is required. Dates are Oct. 9-30, four weeks of sessions on Tuesdays from 7-10 p.m.
Tuition is $150. The first rehearsals of any Orlando Shakes production are devoted to paraphrasing. In this class, actors will learn how to paraphrase Shakespeare into modern speech, find an emotional connection to the lines, and translate those discoveries to Shakespeare’s text.
Register at www.orlandoshakes.org or call 407-447-1700, Ext 208.
There will also be a six-week Scene Study Class with Beth Marshall at the Starving Artist Studios in Altamonte Springs. The tuition fee is $300. The class meets on Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. Visit www.starvingartiststudios.com for details, or log on to https://www.facebook.com/events/441060262602314/.
This class is intended for adults ages 18 and older.
Each week CFTiP will provide resources and links to a variety of events playing in the Central Florida area, along with news and views! To get involved, join the conversation at our Facebook group by becoming a member at https://www.facebook.com/groups/277284114334.

Contact John DiDonna at FreelineOrlando@gmail.com.

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