Here are the best shows of Orlando Fringe 2022 | Arts Stories + Interviews | Orlando

click to enlarge The infamous "Gorilla" show returned to 2022 Orlando Fringe for one night only. - SETH KUBERSKY

Seth Kubersky

The infamous “Gorilla” show returned to 2022 Orlando Fringe for one night only.

It’s been one week since the 31st annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival wrapped up, and the organization has just released statistics on their 2022 event. While general audience attendance was down from its pre-pandemic peak, the presence of 68 delegates from the World Fringe Conference introduced Loch Haven Park and our city’s culture to a new international audience.

Here’s the final tally for the 2022 Orlando Fringe Festival, by the numbers:

  • 1,600-plus artists participated
  • 759 total performances, more than 200 shows
  • 7,321 buttons sold
  • 28,033 tickets sold
  • $414,835 paid to Fringe artists
  • 447 Visual Fringe artworks sold
  • 3,600-plus people attended Kids Fringe

Looking beyond the statistics, there were some stellar offerings on the Fringe’s stages this year, which the Orlando Sentinel‘s Matt Palm and I honored with our annual Critics’ Choice awards, which were presented during the closing ceremonies.

    BEST SHOW: Generic Male: Just What We Need, Another Show About Men BEST PLAY — DRAMA: Constellations
    BEST PLAY — COMEDY: Waiting for Gadot
    BEST PLAY — MUSICAL: Star Shanties: Songs from a Galaxy Far, Far Away
    BEST MAGIC SHOW: Cheating Death: Magic, Memoirs and Mortality
    BEST FAMILY SHOW: Be a Pirate!
    BEST SOLO SHOW — DRAMA: Lies, Anger and Forgiveness
    BEST SOLO SHOW — COMEDY: I Lost on Jeopardy!
    BEST SOLO SHOW — MUSICAL: Peculiar, Missouri
    BEST ORIGINAL SCRIPT: The Family Crow: A Murder Mystery by Adam Francis Proulx
    BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Gone by Naome Bradshaw, with Randy Nichols
    BEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE — COMEDY: Billie Jane Aubertin, Stag Night
    BEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE — DRAMA: Sarah Lockard, The Mockingbird News
    BEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE — MUSICAL: Matt Lyinx, ‘Bullock and the Bandits’
    BEST DIRECTOR: Leesa Halstead Castaneda, The Mockingbird News

Unfortunately, even though I attended nearly 90 shows and published 60 reviews, a number of first-rate productions still slipped through the cracks, including Fourth Wall’s Fruit Flies Like a Banana. The award-winning show — which blends the mobile musical mastery of Broadway’s BLAST and American Utopia with Cirque-style acrobatics and a healthy dose of family-friendly humor — returned to the Fringe bigger and better than ever, featuring colorful upgraded costumes, a clever paint swatch-inspired system of audience participation, and brand-new segments that showcase the trio’s astounding skills; the sequence in which Hilary Abigana flawless executed an intricate flute solo while being flipped and flung about by her compatriots C. Neil Parsons and Greg Jukes simply has to be seen to be believed.

You can relive several of the Critics’ Choice winners, along with a number of other worthy shows, from the comfort of your home during DigiFringe, now through June 17. Visit for $10 digital on-demand rentals of more than two dozen Fringe shows.


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