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Our Guide to the 2009 Orlando Fringe Festival

Winners List: 2009 TheDailyCity.com Patrons Choice Awards

General Info
May 14-25, 2009 | Loch Haven Park (Map) | Tickets | Shows

Twitter
Use the #orlandofringe09 for fringe-related tweets and for #fringedrama09 for fringe drama tweets. Below are the twitter accounts that are a must-follow to stay up-to-date with Fringe news/gossip/press releases:

@thedailycity- All the scathing, rotten gossip I can find (which is never much) and of course photos and links and videos I make while I am out there scavenging for content.

@orlandofringe- The official one. I set it up in 2007 for them and now @brianfeldman is running it for 2009. Funny guy and good person to run the account.

@BethFringe- She is the festival's producer.

@emaupin- The Sentinel theatre reviewer. Mostly posts links to her reviews, which are helpful.

@bloggingfringe- This is run by @liberatr, but he has the account on auto-pilot, auto-re-tweeting any tweet in the twitter-verse that has the word "fringe" in it.

Our Top Ten Fringe Picks for 2009
These ten shows are guaranteed to make you walk away feeling like you got your moneys worth. View them here

The Daily City Patrons Choice Awards
Vote now! View the ballot page for this year's categories which include best show in each venue, best performances, and best shows in each genre (ensemble, musical, solo, etc)

Write your own Reviews:
The best way to find out what shows rock and which suck is through word of mouth. Now take that and put it online with Fringe patron reviews:
Read Reviews --- Write a Review

Vendors at the Festival
Every year its the same old thing: soul food, loud music from the hot dog van and free popcorn samples in paper cups. Bleh. This year, we review some new additions to the Vendor roster. Read the reviews.

View Daily Schedules for May...
14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 |24 | 25

Tips from a 4-year veteran (Me):
1. There are over 60 shows. The best way to choose which shows to attend (and avoid) is to pay attention to word of mouth.

2. Fringe is expensive. Tickets cost up to $10 per show PLUS a $1 surcharge per ticket. Plan on spending around $100+/-.

3. Buy tickets in three places:
-online
-Orlando Shakespeare Theatre ticket booth
-Orlando Rep ticket booth

4. You must buy one $8 button: To see any show, you must have on your person the official Orlando Fringe button. It costs $8 and is only available at the festival at the ticket booth and the information desk. They will not let you into shows without this button, even if you have waited in line with a paid ticket.

5. No late entrance. If you are late to a show, they will not let you in. Even if you bought a ticket.

6. Parking is a big fat nasty hassle. Arrive early.

Coverage:
Alcohol: bring your own- The Daily City 5-16-09
Beth Marshall on WPRK- The Daily City 5-13-09
Visual Fringe preview- The Daily City 5-12-09
Who to follow on Twitter- The Daily City 5-11-09
Orlando Fringe poster- The Daily City 5-9-09
Visual Fringe Drop-Off- The Daily City 5-8-09
Drama at the Fringe? Tweet it!- The Daily City 5-6-09
Orlando Fringe reminders- The Daily City 4-26-09
Indie media covers Fringe- The Daily City 4-15-09
Volunteering Gets You Free Fringe Shows- The Daily City 4-9-09
Orlando Fringe PR ideas for Artists- The Daily City 4-9-09
The Executives: Target vs Wal Mart- The Daily City 4-1-09
Blogging Fringe hearts The Daily City- The Daily City 3-31-09
Visual Fringe Applications- The Daily City 3-31-09
Varietease Fundraiser- The Daily City 3-30-09
Tips from DeweyTeeVee- The Daily City 3-29-09
Silent Rave at Fringe this year?- The Daily City 3-18-09
(This list is incomplete as of 4-14-09)

Links:
Official Festival Info: Website - Blog - Photos
The Daily City: Festival Guide
Orlando Weekly: Festival Guide - Photos
Orlando Sentinel: Festival Guide - Photos
Blogging Fringe: Festival Guide - Fringe Crush videos
MetroMix: Photos


Newspaper & Blog Reviews
OS= Orlando Sentinel
19= Ink19
OW = Orlando Weekly

A New World OS | 19 | OW
7 (x1) Samurai OS | 19 | OW
A Day to Remember OS | 19 | OW
Absent Minded Improv OS | 19 | OW
Accolades and Graces OS | 19 | OW
Barroom Philosophers OS | 19 | OW
Boxcar Children OS | 19 | OW
Burlesque Unzipped: From Shakespeare to the Shimmy OS | 19 | OW
Burning Man and the Reverend Nuge OS | 19 | OW
Cary From The Cock OS | 19 | OW
Corpus Christi OS | 19 | OW
Department of Angels OS | 19 | OW
Door No. Three presents Skits 'n' Giggles OS | 19 | OW
Duelling Divas: The Battle Begins! OS | 19 | OW
EDGES OS | 19 | OW
Elegies: for punks, angels, and raging queens OS | 19 | OW
Extreme Improv: Grown Men Behaving Like Schmucks OS | 19 | OW
Family Puppet Blast! OS | 19 | OW
Flamenco con Fusion '09 OS | 19 | OW
Gunther Barnaby's Traveling Show OS | 19 | OW
Hodgepodge and Tidbits OS | 19 | OW
Holy Crap (!) and Other Adventures of Nonsense OS | 19 | OW
Hooked OS | 19 | OW
Hooray for Speech Therapy OS | 19 | OW
Like A Virgin OS | 19 | OW
Me, Ray Charles and Sammy Davis Jr. OS | 19 | OW
Moliere Than Thou OS | 19 | OW
Monster Mash OS | 19 | OW
murder, hope OS | 19 | OW
Odd Man Out OS | 19 | OW
PIE-FACE! THE ADVENTURES OF ANITA BRYANT OS | 19 | OW
Pitch Blond OS | 19 | OW
Puppetslam OS | 19 | OW
Recess OS | 19 | OW
Rotten Bros. Sideshow OS | 19 | OW
Russell Scott: WhatAnAss! OS | 19 | OW
Simplex/Complex OS | 19 | OW
Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You OS | 19 | OW
The Amazing Advenutres of Normal People In 3D OS | 19 | OW
The Bong Show with Pepe OS | 19 | OW
The Bridesmaid OS | 19 | OW
The Cody Rivers Show presents: Meanwhile Everywhere OS | 19 | OW
The Country Club OS | 19 | OW
The DPB Scandal OS | 19 | OW
The Dream Jar OS | 19 | OW
The Executives Present: FREE KITTENS! OS | 19 | OW
The Five People You Meet In Porn OS | 19 | OW
The Hefner Monolugues: How Hefnerian OS | 19 | OW
The Karate Guy OS | 19 | OW
The Lighter Side of Suicide OS | 19 | OW
The Mayor of Orange Avenue OS | 19 | OW
The SAK Show OS | 19 | OW
The Shaeffer Killing OS | 19 | OW
The Tales of Hoffmann OS | 19 | OW
The Well of Horniness OS | 19 | OW
Tippi Seagram's Happy Hour OS | 19 | OW
U.O.me2 OS | 19 | OW
Under The Covers OS | 19 | OW
Untold Stories OS | 19 | OW
UPTOWN OS | 19 | OW
VarieTEASE LULLABY OS | 19 | OW
Waiting for Maupin OS | 19 | OW
Wanderlust OS | 19 | OW
WELCOME TO HELL OS | 19 | OW
Witness OS | 19 | OW
X: The Rise and Fall of an Asylum Star OS | 19 | OW
Zanna, Don't! OS | 19 | OW
Zebras are Black, Jesus was a Jew, and Oh, by the way, You're Gay! OS | 19 | OW