I-Drive Scores Orlando's Newest Cultural Gem: DRIP

By Ken Storey

We experienced DRIP Saturday November 10, 2012 in it's new permanent home on International Drive. DRIP is the absolute antithesis to our city's other permanent productions in Orlando like Blue Man Group, Cirque Du Soleil, Medieval Times, Arabian Nights, Pirates Dinner Show, Sleuth's Mystery Dinner Theater, Capone's.  There are no seats, no children, no dinners and no uplifting storyline. While DRIP is a love story, it doesn't feature a hero or princess.

Orlando is famous to tourists because of love stories. Without them and the cartoons they support, Orlando would still be orange groves and rocket ships.  DRIP looks beyond that familiar love story never once uttering a single word. 

It's hard to find the theater but the search has a treasure of a show at the end of it!
The venue's exterior and interior makes it clear that this isn't your typical I-Drive entertainment.  Located on the backside of the same building as Senor Frogs, the theater is a bit hidden. I had to ask two valets and a person walking through the parking lot how to get there before I found it.  

What is also neat is that DRIP is unabashedly attached to a Denny's, making it the hippest Denny's in the country. 

 

When you enter, you're required to sign a release form and told this show is 21+. Leave the kids at home.

Once the waivers have been signed, the last signs of reality are gone: the space looks more like the set of HOSTEL than a theater.  


A small bar offers beer and wine, including colored beer. Those colored beers feature the four colors used to tell the story.  A table selling merch is also nearby.  There's a stage that will eventually house an opening act band, but for now the space is just filled with the many cast and crew as they converse with the audience before the show.  


The cast is all new for this iteration of the show. When we visited, some of the cast had only been in residence a few days. Some were still commuting from as far as an hour away.  All of them seemed to believe in the possibilities of the show.  The excitement that the entire cast and crew had about the show was contagious, By the end of the evening it seemed as though everyone there was equally excited about this fabulous new artistic addition to I-Drive.


The relaxed atmosphere of the windowless space would be more at home at one of the bars near UCF than on I-Drive.  The dirt on the floor, hand made looking tables and chairs, and rough painted walls give the space a industrial bar feel.

The show has a live band and many nontraditional elements: throwing dirt, throwing clothes, strobe lights and lots of water.  The theater has no safe zone and by the end of the show I had been splashed with water, dirt, and still had string hanging all over me. 


The show is a stunning fusion of dance and raw materials in an artistic abstract manner.  It captivates the audience in a strange manner that is one of a kind.  The audience stands throughout the show and the performance happens all around the theater.  This keeps the show perplexing yet engaged throughout, the liberal usage of water also keeps the audience engaged since it forces their phones to remain safely in their pockets the whole time.  I would actually recommend keeping them back in the car because there is a chance you could get very wet experiencing this show.   



We did tweet some from the show, as always make sure to follow us there for the latest on everywhere we are.  Tickets are $35 at the door but reserving them online gives you a $6 discount.  As already mentioned the show is 21 and up only.  For now shows are only Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays at 8PM each night.  I would show up a few minutes early though to grab a drink and get familiar with your surroundings before the show begins.  Between DRIP and Senor Frogs out front this may be what transforms I-Drive into Orlando's most happening district.

If you're looking for a reason to go visit I-Drive, or even if you're not, DRIP is it!  If you're looking for somewhere to take those out of town guest who are visiting DRIP is it.

I-Drive, meet Orlando's artistic side; artistic side, meet the tourists that fuel our economy. Welcome to DRIP. 



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