Orange County Theatre Reviews

Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts presents: SHE KILLS MONSTERS – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis

Qui Nguyen made a big noise in Orange County Theatre the last few years. He’s written two successful plays for South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa– “Vietgone” and its’ sequel “Poor Yella Rednecks.” While we’ve reviewed both of his shows with high marks, “Poor Yella Rednecks” received an Exceptional Rating. As a reviewer, for me, this was my first experience with this playwright.  The Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing arts puts on a fun, spirited production of “She Kills Monsters”, with a script that benefits from having a young cast play the parts.        Continue Reading

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The Wayward Artist Presents : THE NETHER @ Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana – Review

(photo courtesy: Francis Gacad)

Written by Patrick Chavis

Disclaimer: This review and show covers mature themes.

The Wayward Artist opens its doors to the public for the first time in over a year with possibly one of their most risqué plays to date – The Nether written by Jennifer Haley. One of the play’s themes is pedophilia. I know this is a bridge too far for some, but this is why this play is advertised as a mature show for adults. So, if you’re not 18 and up, don’t come to this show.  Wayward Artist’s production of The Nether explores one potentially problematic features of a fully realized virtual world and its philosophical implications through a sci-fi, futuristic lens. Continue Reading

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Yellowman @ Chance Theater – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson

(All photos by Doug Catiller, True Image Studio)

In 2002, Dael Orlandersmith’s play, Yellowman, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  It’s understandable. As far as categories are concerned, Yellowman could not be considered anything else. With only two actors playing an entire cast of distinct and lively characters, this play is chock-full of opportunities for the chosen pair to showcase their talents.  And the cast of Chance Theater’s production certainly showcase their talents. Masterfully directed by Khanisha Foster and passionately performed by Julanne Chidi Hill (Alma + ensemble) and Dante Alexander (Eugene + ensemble), Yellowman is a vicious exploration of self-hate within Black America and an attempt at love by two of its children.

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Unnamed Theatre Company presents : The Great Theatre of the World @ Super Antojitos in Tustin – Review

(photo courtesy: Stuart McNeeley)

Written by Patrick Chavis

I went to Super Antojitos in Tustin a little early to eat something before the show started. Super Antojitos is not a theater venue that happens to serve food or a restaurant that also puts on shows. It is a Mexican restaurant, and it continues to be a Mexican restaurant while the show is performed.  The show is performed in the back of the restaurant, so be sure to find a seat there to get the best view of the show. Seating is first-come, first-serve. Continue Reading

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Silent Sky @ The Costa Mesa Playhouse – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson

The Costa Mesa Playhouse presents Silent Sky. A historical fiction by Lauren Gunderson, Silent Sky imagines the personal and professional life of iconic American astronomer Henrietta Leavitt. Stacked with a charming cast and a starry background that evokes feelings of solemnity, Silent Sky should be considered a competent story but not necessarily an entertaining one.

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