Here are reviews of offerings at the Orlando International Fringe Festival from Sentinel theater critic Matthew J. Palm, staff writers Tod Caviness, Dewayne Bevil, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jim Abbott, Martha Phifer, Alsy Acevedo and Fringe correspondent Mary Frances Emmons.

A Brighter Shade of Blue

Reviewed by Kelly Fitzpatrick, Orlando Sentinel

Paul Strickland is a fantastic storyteller and one funny guy. Actually, funny is an understatement -- he's hysterical.

Strickland is pushing his new "think positively" frame of mind after a recent divorce. And it's hard not to be positive considering the amount of laughter his stories evoke from the audience. Whether he's talking about how folks in a small Arkansas town don't know what words are or his "7-year-old boy wife" also known as his "future ex-wife," Strickland has you laughing so hard you'll be crying.

And he does it all with relatively no obscenties, a rarity at Fringe. Even when the jokes aren't flying he's such a great storyteller you can't help but be engaged in what he's saying.

Strickland compares happiness to Big Foot at one point during the show, explaining how it's not going to find you, you have to believe and find it. A good way to seek out that happiness is to see this show.

Brown Venue, 60 minutes. Remaining shows: 10:15 p.m. Mon. 5/24, 9:20 p.m. Wed. 5/26, 8:35 p.m. Fri. 5/28, 5:40 p.m. Sun. 5/30

A Day in the Life of Miss Hiccup

Reviewed by Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel theater critic

From the country that gave us Hello Kitty comes something, or someone, even cuter: Miss Hiccup.

The clown, from Tokyo, has a sweet little routine that provides a steady stream of smiles and gentle laughter. Incidentally, although the appreciative audience was composed of adults when I saw the show, the production is also suitable for young children.

Miss Hiccup's life is full of music (and hiccups, of course -- both the physical and the metaphorical kind). It's hard to say whether the music controls her or she controls the music, but it's a sad moment indeed when her music disappears.

A lot of the fun is watching the colorful Miss Hiccup's face react to the absurdities around her, whether it's musically dripping rain or a toothbrush with a rhythmic life of its own.

Upping the cute factor is a sock puppet she animates while it's still on her foot. Amazing how in the right hands (or feet), a slip of a sock and two googly eyes can be so entrancing.

Yellow Venue, 60 minutes (the performance I saw ran about 45 minutes). Remaining shows: 6:55 Tue. 5/25, 11:35 p.m. Thur. 5/27, 7:30 p.m. Sat. 5/29, 3:20 p.m. Sun. 5/30.

Angels: The Epic Modern Dance Ballet

Reviewed by Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel theater critic

Tony Kushner's Broadway extravaganza Angels in America was an immense, sweeping story of guilt, repression, fear and love.