Tuesday, May 20, 2014
At the last minute, Clandestine ARTS had to pull out of the Fringe. Their show, Tuesday Morning, was replaced by the incomparable, Judy Garland performed by Mark Baratelli of thedailycity.com. Many of the seats in the Blue Venue had small questionnaires, asking which Judy Garland songs people might want to hear. The MC warmed up the crowd and Judy stumbled around back stage. Then she began to slur the lyrics to a song and she came out, greeted by thunderous applause. Props on the stage were covered with dark fabrics and she stripped them bare as she sang. Yellow medicine bottles hung from her necklace.
Her legs were often crossed or akimbo as she wavered in the spotlight. Her high heels caused her to stumble and fall more than once. Misplaced mascara gave her raccoon eyes and the lipstick was smeared all around her lips. The dark wig often hid her face and the baggy man's dress shirt hid her supple figure. Judy is 93 but she still belts out those tunes with a vengeance.
The MC announced that local artist Thomas Thorspecken was in the audience drawing. He wasn't talking about me however. Chase Padgett was in the audience posing as me. Chase did a sketch of Judy but he was supposed to imagine her nude. I couldn't bring myself to go there. Judy's medicated antics were laugh out loud funny. At times she was on the floor slayed out as she sang and other times she tried to escape into the shadows to avoid the spotlight. Some songs were just improvised on the spot to hilarious effect.
Don't miss Judy! She is hilarious and the shows are selling out. The remaining show times are...
Tuesday May 20, 11:30pm to 12:15pm
Friday May 23, 10pm to 10:45pm
Saturday May 24, 1:30pm to 2:15pm
Sunday May 25, 8:15pm to 9pm
Tickets are $8 and Judy can be found in the Blue venue in the Orlando Shakespeare Center (812 E Rollins St., Orlando, FL.) If you are trying to find information about Judy in your printed Fringe program, she isn't listed. She was a last minute replacement for Tuesday Morning.