Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Boxer - A Silent Movie On Stage

 The Patron's Picks have been announced for the Orlando Fringe. These shows sold the most tickets in their respective venues and they get to stage one more show at the end of the festival.
Green venue: "Loon," 11 a.m. Monday May 27.
Pink venue: "The Boxer," 8 p.m. Tuesday May 28.
Purple venue: "Pillow Talk," 10 a.m. Monday May 27.
Silver venue: "Piranha The Musical," 12:15 p.m. Monday May 27.
Yellow venue: "God Is a Scottish Drag Queen," 9 p.m. Monday 27.

Jester Theater Company presents Brandon Roberts and some of Orlando’s most brilliant comedic actors and musicians in this laugh-filled silent movie onstage. A live ragtime soundtrack is provided  by Blake Braswell and Anthony Riley. I love Brandon Roberts physical comedy, so I had to see The Boxer written by Matt Lyle. The play began by introducing the heroine played by Gemma Fearn. She is dressed as a man so she can get a job in depression era hard times.  She is incredibly endearing from the start as she tries to imitate men's gestures. The boxer enters being beat down repeatedly. In a slow motion moment he is hit by a punch. His head snaps and he slowly spins. The expression on Gemma's face as she watches, turns from horror' to compassion' to love, all within that knockout blow that sends the boxer to the floor.

She decides to train the boxer herself. In a hilarious training montage projected on the stage backdrop,  she blows soap bubbles which overwhelm the boxer sending him to the mat. Although she falls for the boxer, he treats her like any other guy. the boxer needs to win a match for his dear old mom.  I don't want to give too much away. This show is as endearing as any Charlie Chaplin classic. It will melt your heart. Just go. You wild laugh till your sides hurt. The show I went to was completely sold out.

Saturday May 25 at 6:15PM
Sunday May 26 at 11:15PM
Tuesday May 28 at 8PM
Pink Venue in the Shakes
$11 plus a Fringe button

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