Orange County Theatre Reviews

Intimate Apparel @ Chapman University in Orange – Review

(photo courtesy : Dale Dudeck)

Written by Patrick Chavis 

When walking into the Waltmar Theatre, the creativity of the set catches your attention right away. The set is separated from the audience by using the front of the stage floor and backdrop. Actually the set itself can be described as surreal.  Sewing machine parts and materials are plastered all over the ground, and the backdrop looks like damaged cloth that’s been badly patched together.  These visuals from the set prepare you for a 2 and a half hour drama full of unexpected twists from a variety of unique perspectives. Like the torn cloth and the dirty set, the early twentieth century was in disarray, and we are still foaming from the aftermath.  Continue Reading

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A short engagement of Tadeusz Słobodzianek’s Our Class @ UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts

(Photos by Paul Kennedy)

(Taken from the press release) 

Our Class recounts the story of the massacre in the Jewish pogrom in Jedwabne in 1941 and various lenses through which this event is seen throughout the story’s 80 years.

UCI Drama’s production is directed by Professor Jane Page, and will take place in The Trevor School’s Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL), a space that allows for projected visual imagery to enhance the live performance. Continue Reading

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Chance Theaters Schedule for 2017

(taken from the press release)

January 27 – February 26, 2017 on the Cripe Stage

West Coast Premiere


Book, Music and Lyrics by Marshall Pailet and Drew Fornarola

Directed by Marshall Pailet

Musical Direction by Ryan O’Connell

Choreographed by Maxx Reed

Executive Producer: Mary Kay Fyda-Mar

A new musical comedy that follows a very super hero, his less super little brother, and one butt-kicking princess, as the three embark on a mission to overcome killer eggplants, a love-starved platypus, and their own 8-bit existential crisis.

April 21 – May 21, 2017

on the Fyda-Mar Stage Continue Reading

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Claire Trevor School of the Arts Presents Parade @ Irvine Barclay Theatre – Review

(Photo credit Paul R. Kennedy)

Written by Mike Martin 

Lets not bury the lead on this one: Parade is one of the best executed shows I’ve seen in some time. I have some quibbles with it, which you can read below, but this production cannot be faulted for its execution. The voices range from good to spectacular. The technical aspects are almost without fault, and the music is brilliantly executed. All that being said, I could not give this show the full 10/10 rating. However, I am aware my negatives may not be yours, so I’ll leave those for the end. Continue Reading

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Seminar @ The Chance Theatre in Anaheim – Review

(All photos by Doug Catiller, True Image Studio)

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Someone once suggested to me that every being holds a story.  That each person on Earth has the tears and drama in their history to make them fascinating to someone, the story simply has to be well written.  Seminar (playing at the Chance Theater) makes a strong case for the accuracy of that statement.  Seminar is a play about a group of people that for their own personal reasons want to be writers, and have therefore decided to take a $5,000.00 (each!) writing class from a well-known author and teacher. While other plays might be valued for their spine-tingling twists, Seminar prompts and encourages us to crawl through the fascinating muck of self-reflection. Continue Reading

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