A first date goes from unpredictable to kinky to horribly wrong while testing the bond of three friends in Gabrielle Brown’s comedy “Dead Body Friendship.” Nerdy comic-book and sci-fi fan Ben (Tim Walczak) lets his buddy Franklin (Brandon Lopez) set him up on a date with sexy, pill-popping Angelica (Kimberly Bonny). Ben and Angelica are about to get hot and heavy with peanut butter in his bedroom -- but she dies before the sticky situation can ensue. Ben panics and calls his pals Franklin and Farrah (Madison Graham) for help -- but his chain-smoking landlady (Stefanie Lebowitz, with Busch beer cans as curlers in her hair) has seen too much.
Lopez, as sex-crazed Franklin, has the funniest lines in the show and is a cross between Vinny Guadaguino and "The Situation," two of the party-hearty guys onMTV's “Jersey Shore.”
The kudos aren't for him alone, though: All five actors were new to Fringe Festival this year and all had excellent delivery and used the apartment’s props with ease.
“Dead Body Friendship” is a Fringe comedy to die for.
60 minutes, Blue Venue, $8, Orlando Fringe Festival official page.
• Saturday 19 May; at 4:20pm in the Blue
• Sunday 20 May; at 10:45pm in the Blue
• Thursday 24 May; at 8:30pm in the Blue
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