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Orlando Fringe takes a deep dive into superheroes and sci-fi


Every May, the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival takes over Loch Haven Park. This year’s celebration of performance kicked off Wednesday and runs through May 28. More than 50,000 people will show up to to enjoy 130 shows, ranging from short plays to dance performances to musicals, magic, comedy, cabaret and some work that’s just impossible to label. As wide-ranging as Fringe is, the festival does have a common thread this year: as on the big and small screens, suddenly nerd culture is dominant. There are shows based on Star Wars, Star Trek, Ghostbusters, Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, the Walking Dead, and even the Muppets. The fandom focus can be attributed to a few different things: for one, Fringe …
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Local News

Intersection: Wedgefield’s Water & Orlando’s ‘Fringe Festival’


Residents of the east Orange County neighborhood of Wedgefield have complained about the smell and taste of the water coming from their taps. Orange County’s test results found some by-products that could be harmful to resident’s health…but Pluris, the private water company servicing Wedgefield, said the results were flawed and called for re-testing. What was in those test results? What health impact could they have on residents? And what’s next for the water in Wedgefield? We’re unpacking the water issues in Wedgefield. Plus, a look at the 25th Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival.
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Spotlight

‘The Republic’: Where The Audience Shapes The Story


An immersive theatre show. An attraction. A real-life role-playing video game. It’s hard to describe “The Republic,” a 90-minute interactive entertainment experience that turns audience members into active participants whose choices shape the story. Actors inhabit two dozen fully-designed rooms in the 18,000-square-foot Lake Ivanhoe warehouse that’s home to “The Republic.” They guide you through a fictional dystopian society on the brink of revolution. Along the way, you choose your side…and change the narrative. This is The Republic’s first full weekend in operation, after an award-winning test run during last month’s Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival. Creator Sarah Elger spoke with 90.7’s Nicole Creston about The Republic…starting with what makes it so difficult to define.
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