Robby Pigott Tries Something New, Snoopyboy Productions, Orlando. Blue venue, 60 minutes, $8. (Discounts: Actors’ Equity Association members, seniors, students, Fringe artists and volunteers.)
By Elizabeth Maupin
Elizabeth Maupin on Theater
There’s a certain feeling you can get at a Fringe show, and it comes all too seldom. It’s the feeling that the people onstage know exactly what they’re doing, and they’re good at it, and you can abandon all your fears, relax your defenses and enjoy the hell out of the performance.
That’s the feeling that washed over me at the very start of Robby Pigott Tries Something New, the cabaret show that Orlando actor/singer Pigott has put together with musical director Chris Leavy. Pigott’s show may be made up of typical first-time-cabaret-performer fodder — the stories of what made him what he is. But he’s such a disarming performer and all-around good guy that his natural sweetness, along with plenty of talent, gives this whole show an upbeat glow.
Maybe the story is a little more exotic than yours or mine: Pigott’s family moved to Maui when he was in third grade, and the first number he sang in public (you’ll hear it in the show) is in Hawaiian. But he moved onto what has come to seem a familiar story — playing a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz, taking on the part of the Red Caboose in a German production of Starlight Express, coming out and meeting the love of his life.
What distinguishes this story from others is the great good humor and sunny outlook that seems to have followed him, the emotional support of his parents and family and the love of his partner and friends. Pigott sings beautifully, and his laugh is infectious. But it’s that open-hearted embrace of the world that flavors his show and makes you glad he’s tried something new.
Sunday May 22, 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday May 25, 5:25 p.m.
Thursday May 26, 10:15 p.m.
Friday May 27, 6:55 p.m.
Saturday May 28, 10:10 p.m.