Not everything is new at the Orlando Fringe Festival this year. Some familiar faces will be back:
•Chase Padgett's "6 Guitars" was a Fringe phenomenon in 2010. In the one-man show, Padgett plays a variety of guitarists who sharply and entertainingly illustrate the differences among musical genres, from classical to rock 'n' roll. The show has since toured, including a run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, but it's back in Orlando for two shows.
•Find another man with another instrument in "Dancing for Grandma." This 2012 show by Scott Whittemore made the Sentinel's "Best of the Fest" list. Whittemore plays the ukulele, sings and attempts a little magic, all in a heartfelt trip down memory lane.
•For plain silliness, suitable for children and adults, check in on Miss Hiccup. The lovely clown/mime from Japan first visited the Fringe in 2010 with "A Day in the Life of Miss Hiccup." She's back this year, still plagued by mysterious music and, of course, hiccups. How cute is she? In 2010, she was given a special award, "Fringe Crush."
•From last year, the fun concept show "Four Truths and a Lie" returns with new stories. Its premise: Five master storytellers relate some experience in their life. The catch? One of them has made the whole thing up. Can you figure out who the expert liar is? Each show features a different cast of storytellers (many of whom are local performers). So, if you get stumped once, you can try again.
•Other returning performers: Cabaret act Blue and Tod Kimbro, storyteller Martin Dockery, the celebrity impersonators of "Match Game" (this time in a musical) and the singing senior citizens of the Downtowners. Paul Strickland and The Humor Mill both have new comedy, and the Happy Zombie Girl is now a Happy Pink Girl. (Zombies are so 2012.)
•There are also sequels: Australian comic detective Dirk Darrow is back with a new case, and chanteuse Mitzi Morris also is caught up in a new caper. And, finally, Christele Bartelse, who married herself in "ONEymoon," another Sentinel "Best of the Fest" pick, returns with "Significant Me (The ONEymoon is Over)." Uh-oh.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun