Orlando Fringe Festival veteran Timothy Mooney is using his time slot at the Fringe to present a retrospective of the various works he has performed through the years.
During the festival's last weekend, Mooney will offer one new show — "The Greatest Speech of All Time," featuring the words of Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill and Socrates, to name a few. Meanwhile, here are excerts from the Sentinel's reviews of the original productions from his repertory.
• 'Lot O' Shakespeare': There's a lot of energy expended by Timothy Mooney in "Lot O' Shakespeare," a show that takes highbrow art — Shakespearean monologue — and mixes it with lowbrow fun: a game of bingo.
Mooney can switch from indignation in "Comedy of Errors" to earnest in a love sonnet to comical Malvolio in "Twelfth Night."
You don't have to know your Shakespeare that well — there's a cheat sheet — but if you don't know the Shakespearean context of the monologues, the power of the words will be diluted.
— Matthew J. Palm (2011)
• 'Moliere Than Thou': Timothy Mooney doesn't take on all of Moliere in Moliere Than Thou, his cleverly titled look at the work of the famous French farceur. Instead he offers up little glimpses of the classic characters. With just a costume, a series of wigs and a knack for the language he gives you a good idea of the foolishness, the conniving, the boasting and the masquerading that goes on whenever you see one of Moliere's plays.
Mooney's show is a relatively traditional one for the Fringe… But the actor has a way with this material and an equally lovely manner with the members of the audience he invites onto his stage. Clearly Moliere lives.
— Elizabeth Maupin (2003)
• 'Dancing Nude': Tim Mooney exposes more to the audience than his body in "Dancing Nude." A fun and candid romp through Mooney's sexual history, he has you laughing and nodding in agreement over certain moments that we can all relate too in one way or another. And he doesn't hold back about his sexual naivety and awkward moments along the way.
What helps is Mooney's manic but fantastically timed performance, mixing up Seussian-like rhymes (yes, about sex) with engaging monologues.
And Mooney does dance nude. But by that point, he's revealed so much of himself already it would have been strange if he hadn't.
— Kelly Fitzpatrick (2010)
• 'Criteria': This sci-fi dystopia describes a future in which America has split into regions whose only surface difference is the first digit of the Social Security numbers issued there. It's about the arbitrary differences that divide a most divided country. He narrates this future history from the point of view of a terrorist sent to do in that "frivolous, degenerate society: the 5s." That would be the California west.
And although the show isn't as pointed and topical as one would hope, Mooney is a very good actor with a good ear for dialogue and scenes, and he almost makes this ambitious notion work as a one-man show.
— Roger Moore (2004)
60 minutes, Pink Venue, Orlando Fringe Festival official page
• Moliere Than Thou: Saturday 19 May; at 2:45pm in the Pink
• Criteria: Monday 21 May; at 9:30pm in the Pink
• Dancing Nude: Friday 25 May; at 11:45pm in the Pink
• Lot o' Shakespeare: Saturday 26 May; at 12:45pm in the Pink
• The Greatest Speech of All Time: Sunday 27 May; at 7:15pm in the Pink