Orlando Fringe Review: Home Free!



Home Free! by Lanford Wilson at Orlando Fringe
  • Home Free! by Lanford Wilson at Orlando Fringe

Home Free! by Lanford Wilson at Orlando Fringe

Lawrence (Zachary Lane) is an emotionally unstable agoraphobia who spends his days locked in his apartment, building a model Ferris wheel and giving aggressive astronomy lectures to a classroom of imaginary pupils. He sends Joanna (Cameron Gagne) out into the city to scavenge pens and other supplies, and she returns with stories of her adventures with dead cats and fish-faced neighbors. They are common-law husband and wife -- and/or brother and sister, depending on which one you ask -- and they are about to have a baby that may turn out to be a litter of kittens.

Home Free!, as produced and directed for the Orlando Fringe by Julia Gagné, is a head-scratching mid-1960s melodrama from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson that plays like the abbreviated first act of longer work. It's hard to decipher if the characters in this coffeehouse curiosity are intended to be actual figures or only archetypes, or even if the world they inhabit is meant to exist as anything other than a fantasy.

Cameron Gagne is luminous as accomplice and enabler to her clearly unbalanced partner, alternately placating and punishing. Lane throws himself into Lawrence's mood swings, from maniacal ranting to petulant whining, with wild gestures and wilder hair, but his torrent of words tended to blend together. Despite the talents of these two young performers, Home Free! feels closer to a well-executed acting exercise than a fully fleshed-out drama.



Gagne Productions - Orlando, FL

Length: 55

Venue: Black

Price: $8 (+svc. Charge)

Disc.: FA | STU

Rating: 13+ - Adult Themes


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.