Orange County Theatre Reviews

Electric Company Theatre Lights Up Muckenthaler Cultural Center

Written by Patrick Chavis

Taken from the press release:

“The Electric Company Theatre is now the resident theatre company of the historic Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton. The Electric Company will produce full-length plays, immersive experiences, and an intimate storytelling and concert series on the grounds and in the beautiful 1920s mansion.”

Brian (Brian Johnson C0-Artistic Director) adds: “Our passion is creating beautiful stories in unusual places. We can’t wait to share stories in unexpected locations within The Muck campus as well as bigger pieces in the amphitheatre.” The Muck is famous for its live music events, visual art installations, and community partnerships. “We are thrilled to add live theatre into that mix,” says Brian.

“The inaugural season will open with a preview event called “Light Up the Night” on August 24 with a toast, a guided tour of the Muck, and select performances from the upcoming season. The first full production, The Old Man and the Old Moon, a musical seafaring tale written by PigPen Theatre Company, will premiere on the south lawn of the mansion September 14, 15, 21, 22.”

To learn more about the Electric Company, click this link for their website.

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A Heart Breaker : The Story of My Life @ Chance Theater in Anaheim – Review

(All photos courtesy of Chance Theater)

Written by Patrick Chavis

Heartstrings, heartstrings, heartstrings — writer Brian Hill hits you and keeps hitting you in the heart until the curtain closes at the end of the production.  He understands the heart — or at least a portion of it — in this grounded two-hander about friendship, loss, and life now playing at the Chance Theater in Anaheim through a digital live streaming production. Continue Reading

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Breaking The Fourth Wall With Ashlee And Tim Espinosa Podcast

Tim Espinosa

Written by Daniella Litvak

Ashlee and Tim Espinosa are active members of the Southern California theater scene. They’re actors, directors, and educators. Orange County audiences might be familiar with Ashlee’s performance as Alison Bechdel in Chance Theater’s production of Fun Home in 2020, and Tim directed Fullerton College’s 2017 production of American Idiot. (The Orange Curtain Review has reviews for both shows). They’ve taught at UC Irvine and Fullerton College. They have also turned their talents to Podcasting. Continue Reading

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THE WORLD PREMIERE OF “FELIZ” Drive-Through & Streaming Information

Written by Patrick Chavis

Taken from the press release:

The play follows a Mexican- American family in Bakersfield, California filled with secrets of addiction, desire and identity. Within the world of Latinx magical realism, the family must finally face the truths they are all avoiding. “Feliz – An American Play” premieres on April 17, 2021 at 7 p.m. with a drive-in experience screened by The Frida Cinema.

The cast of “Feliz – An American Play” includes Moises Rodriguez as Augusto, Sheresade Poblet as Amanda, Miguel Torres Cruz as Joe, Jennifer Aguilar as Vicki, Isaac Ybarra as Eric, Roberta H. Martínez as Consuela, and Chayan Tavakoly as Sam.

Location:

Mess Hall Market at FLIGHT, 1705 Flight Way Tustin, CA 92782

Feliz – An American Play will have an online streaming event the week following the drive-in event.

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The Electric Company Theatre & MOXIE Theatre Present: Lauren Gunderson’s I and You Streams March 4-28

Written by Patrick Chavis

The synopsis for I & You by Lauren Gunderson taken from playscripts.com

“One afternoon, Anthony arrives unexpectedly at classmate Caroline’s door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, an urgent assignment from their English teacher. Homebound due to illness, Caroline hasn’t been to school in months, but she is as quick and sardonic as Anthony is athletic, sensitive, and popular. As these two let down their guards and share their secrets, this seemingly mundane poetry project unlocks a much deeper mystery that has brought them together.” Continue Reading

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EQUalITY @ Chapman University – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis

Izzy Kaplan

During this pandemic, the theater has been hit as hard as any industry during this horrific time. But theater and the people that make it are also resilient, and it’s a medium built on creativity and making the impossible possible. At least, I like to think so.  Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and the horrendous killing of George Floyd, Chapman students filmed and wrote an almost 2-hour production of shorts named EQUalITY.  The film covers racial inequality topics, specifically highlighting the black community’s struggles with racism and other historical injustices. The play also covers the struggles of other marginalized groups using different mediums — spoken word, skits, and interviews  — that cover the topics of equality and racial justice.  Continue Reading

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