Orange County Theatre Reviews

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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A Very, Very Chance Holiday Cabaret @ Chance Theater in Anaheim – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis

A Very, Very Chance Holiday Cabaret is a streamed show full of Holiday Musical performances. The musical performances are split up by the comedic styling of well-known Chance Performers Alex Bueno (Loch Ness) and Matt Takashi (A Charlie Brown Christmas). While some of the songs are quite moving, the choice of mostly slow songs and ballads drags the show quite a bit. If you’re patient enough and can see through the 90’s style video production quality, the show can be quite charming and a throwback in a way. Continue Reading

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PAN DAMN IT! – A Live Zoom Reading of a New Play NOV 15th 4pm PST @ University of California, Irvine

photo credit: Steve Zylius / UCI

“Pan-Damn-It!” is a “zoom” play written by Kyung Hyun Kim, a faculty member in the Department of East Asian Studies and Visual Studies at UC Irvine, and co-directed by Jane Page, a faculty member in UCI’s Drama Department, and Gavin Cameron-Webb, theater director. The script highlights the much-publicized mask debate in the US by juxtaposing the moral conflict between individual liberty and public health and by exposing the invisible social divisions that are complicated by the dynamic multi-ethnic makeup of Southern California.  Taken from the press release. Continue Reading

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STAGEStheatre confirms they will be closing their doors because of the Pandemic

Taken from the STAGEStheatre Facebook page :

Friends and Family,

When STAGEStheatre was started almost thirty years ago, we had no idea how long we would be around or how many stages we would move through as an organization. Looking back, it’s been a fantastic, wild ride.

In March of 2020, it became clear to us that COVID-19 was here to stay for a while, that it was going to take a significant toll on all live entertainment, and quite possibly decimate many, if not all, small venues as we were left with no way to keep our doors open to the public. Continue Reading

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MASA @ South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa – News

Even though circumstances may keep us apart—especially during the pandemic—food and theatre have a way of bringing people together. MASA is a live, online reading of four short pieces that relate to the historical and cultural importance of masa. This free event will be livestreamed on Monday, Aug. 17, at 5:30 p.m.

“Since every recipe has a lineage, and a story, how do we reach back into the past and embrace the traditions of our ancestors?” asks playwright Juliette Carrillo, who will direct MASA. “I’m interested in how recipes, smells and tastes live in our DNA.”

Taken from the press release

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