BWW Reviews: An Orlando Fringe Preview of THE AQUA SAGA and PROFESSOR SOAP'S MUSIC MACHINE
Orlando's Fringe Festival is right around the corner! Fringe is one of the most anticipated events for Orlando theater lovers. This is the 23rd Fringe and promises not to disappoint. With more than 75 shows to see, planning is key. I got to sneak preview two fringe shows: THE AQUA SAGA and PROFESSOR SOAP'S MUSIC MACHINE.
THE AQUA SAGA is a comic book enthusiast's dream. Written by Ira Sargent, it is a comedy about a down-on-his-luck superhero Aqua Man. Aqua Man is obviously not the most famous hero from the Justice League (more famous members include Superman and the Green Lantern), and his unique powers of speaking to fish and swimming really fast are not in high demand. Aqua Man struggles with unemployment and a sad dating scene. The play explores the human element of finding one's identity even after it seems like life's fate is already decided.
Bruce Costella plays the depressed superhero who seeks professional counseling. The retelling of some of Aqua Man's less successful post-super hero endeavors is laugh out loud comic book comedy. Several other comic book stars make guest appearances too. For superhero fans and the like, this show is not to be missed. For tickets and more information visit http://theaquasaga.businesscatalyst.com/index.html.
PROFESSOR SOAP'S MUSIC MACHINE is a short (13 minutes) music piece that utilizes audio-visual cues leaving the audience head-boppin' happy. Don't worry, there is no existential plot. Just sit back, relax, watch the screen and listen to the live music. The experience is cerebral and fun. Don't forget to pick up your "Glow Gear" before the show. Learn more at http://profsoapmusicmachine.com/
Directed by Whit Emerson, THE AQUA SAGA plays at the Purple Venue May 15-May 19. PROFESSOR SOAP plays at the Yellow Venue May 15, 17, 22, 24. Happy Fringe! Orlando Fringe takes place from May 14 to May 27th. For tickets, the full show schedule, and show information visit http://orlandofringe.org/.
Photo Credit: Michelle Sobrino