Orange County Theatre Reviews

Alchemy Theatre Company Presents: The Lion in Winter : Live Virtual Performance – May 30th 7pm

Alchemy Theatre Company is proud to present, in association with Concord Theatricals, James Goldman’s The Lion in Winter. Sibling rivalry, adultery, and dungeons – The Lion in Winter, by James Goldman, is a modern-day classic. Comedic in tone, dramatic in action – the play tells the story of the Plantagenet family, who are locked in a free-for-all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom. As Eleanor says, “Every family has its ups and downs,” and this royal family is no exception.

Performing One Night Only this with be a virtual performance on May 30th at 7pm. Alchemy Theatre Company is eagerly awaiting when we can get back out and perform live theatre in front of a live audience in person. But until then, theatre doesn’t stop for us; it’s in our veins. As such, this a show Free for Admission.

You can obtain admission to the show in two ways:

This is our opportunity to keep theatre alive with a group of fantastic actors and crew:

Producers: Alchemy Theatre Company

Arrangement: Adam West and Kelsey Somerville


  • Joe Parrish as King Henry II
  • Rose London as Eleanor of Aquitaine
  • Brandon Sanchez as Richard the Lionheart
  • Jeff Lowe as Geoffrey
  • Jon Cates as John
  • Laura Hathaway as Alais
  • Joey Nestra as King Philip II of France

Taken from the press release

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News, OC Theatre Guild, Press Releases, Uncategorized Comments Off on OC Theatre Guild Has Created a Theatre Artists’ Relief Fund |

OC Theatre Guild Has Created a Theatre Artists’ Relief Fund

The OC Theatre Guild recognizes the struggles that face individual artists in light of COVID-19. With theatre doors closing, many have lost contracts and wages on which they depend. We also understand that with the uncertain nature of this crisis, we can not predict when jobs will return.

Our mission is to nurture, support and promote live theatre in Greater Orange County. It is our hope that by supporting independent artists in their time of need, we will nurture the community as a whole.This is where you come in. If you are able, we encourage you to donate to the artists in need by visiting our OCTG Theatre Artists Relief Fund.

If you are an artist that needs financial support as a result of COVID-19, you’ll find an application link on this page as well. (Post taken from OC Theatre Guild)

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Fun Home @ Chance Theater – Review

(All photos by Doug Catiller, True Image Studio)

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Fun Home is currently playing at the Chance Theater in Anaheim.  This musical is not without critical acclaim, taking home five Tony Awards (including Best Musical and Best Original Score) when it was on Broadway in 2015.  Contrary to the title, Fun Home is not actually very “fun.”   When I think of fun, I think of lighthearted, easy-going excitement, and this ironically named show is certainly not something I would consider fun.  It is, however, a tear-jerking and spellbinding look into one woman’s innermost thoughts and memories.

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Bootleg Theater and Sophie Blumberg Present “WE’RE GONNA DIE One Night Only Thursday, February 20th, 2020

Taken from the press release:  

“WE’RE GONNA DIE” features a single Singer, accompanied by a full rock bad, as she shares

stories about death, grief and loneliness from her life. These stories range from the mundane to

the tragic, from discovering her first white hair to her father’s sudden and tragic death from

lung cancer as he waited for an experimental treatment. Lee’s songs and stories demystify grief,

creating a community space that provides the solace that we need to get through those

difficult moments.

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Lost in Yonkers @ The Costa Mesa Playhouse – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

It’s been two years since Neil Simon, one of the most well-known playwrights of his generation, passed away. He had a very successful career in writing more than 30 different plays, which were often adapted into feature films.  Simon’s plays were famous for being comedic but also dramatic.  Even before I started a deep dive into theatre, the name Neil Simon was a well-known, like Einstein or Mother Teresa.  Lost in Yonkers won the Pulitzer prize in 1991, and in a career that resulted in the creation of so many plays, it’s often known as one of the highlights of his career.  The Costa Mesa Playhouse has now put on a production of this famous play. Under the precise direction of Wendy Ruth, the charm, the comedy and dangerous side of families are well performed, almost the entire way through.

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Fireflies @ South Coast Repertory – Review

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Written by Daniella Litvak 

Racism, sexism, homosexuality, adultery, reproductive rights — many dramatists could compose a play lasting for hours around just one of those subjects. Fireflies tackles all of those topics and more in only 90 minutes. It’s an intense theatrical experience. Continue Reading

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