'Anne Frank Superstar & Purpose of the Moon'
But the real reason to see this show lies in the second piece, "Anne Frank Superstar," also adapted by Brendlinger, which marries the familiar writings of the marvelously literate Jewish teenager robbed of her adulthood to the tragically sad music of '70s superstars Karen and Richard Carpenter — you'll be astonished at the affinities Brendlinger and musical director Sean Michael Robinson find in this seemingly disparate material.
The mostly inspired combinations will bring you to tears more than once.
Pink venue, 60 min., $10. Remaining show: 6:40 p.m. Saturday
Mary Frances Emmons
Special to the Sentinel
'Bitches of the Kingdom'
The Oops Guys — Dennis Giacino and Fiely Matias — make a welcome return to Orlando with "Bitches of the Kingdom," a high-energy laugh machine that plays well to this hometown crowd. A spoof of the Disney princess personas, the musical comedy will entertain both fans of Mickey's kingdom and critics of the lessons Cinderella and her ilk teach impressionable girls.
"One more whistle while I work and I'm going to scream," sings Snow White (vocal pro Michelle Knight at her sassiest).
Tawatha Valentine has plenty of spunk and the strongest musical number — The Frog Princess wondering why it took so long for Disney to "give a sister a song." (Clever lyrics include: "Miss Roberta ain't takin' no flack.")
The end could use a catchier song than a reprise of the show opener, but most of what's in between is a comic romp in the finest Fringe tradition.
Orange venue. 60 minutes. $10. Remaining shows: 9:05 p.m. today, 4:20 p.m. Saturday
Matthew J. Palm