Orange County Theatre Reviews

STAGEStheatre Presents:  Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile in Fullerton – Review

Murder, murder, and more murder — who knows the subject better than the queen of the murder mystery herself, Agatha Christie.  In her lifetime Christie wrote over 50 different novels, mostly focusing on a genre she mastered, the murder mystery.  Christie’s stories are all different and unique, but one thing they have in common is a mysterious death and a group of people that all seem to look guilty.  This trope is consistent in Stages Theatre presents Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile. While the climax and twist ending in this production give a much-needed boost of energy to the show, the buildup in the first act lacks a kick and feels almost irrelevant after watching the whole story play through. Continue Reading

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McCoy Rigby Entertainment presents : 1776 @ La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts – Review

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Written by Patrick Chavis 

There are many stories of brave men fighting on the battlefield for freedom against seemingly impossible odds.  As is often the case when telling stories about the American Revolution, the battles where farmers, common people, and soldiers fought side by side to free themselves from the tyranny of England take the spotlight.  In 1776 we see no battlefields nor musket fire, only the men of Congress. These men fought feverishly over the idea of freedom and what that meant.  McCoy Rigby Entertainment’s production of 1776 handles the material with an enormous amount of professionalism and fun.  1776 succeeds because of how well it humanizes the founding fathers’ warts and all. Continue Reading

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Culture Clash (Still) In America @ South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa – Review

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Written by Patrick Chavis 

Culture Clash (Still) In America running now at South Coast Repertory is composed of the Latino comedy group Culture Clash, that has been performing on theatre stages since the 1980s. As one of the comedians mentioned when they started, Ronald Reagan was president.  Their brand of comedy has always been politically charged. Even in 2019, with a lot of the controversy over comedians going overboard with their jokes and a very tense political atmosphere, these comedians pulled no punches and unloaded jokes on everyone: African-American preachers, Filipino Republicans, Trump voters and much more.

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Beauty And The Beast: A Christmas Rose @ Laguna Playhouse – Review

Photo Credit: Cathy Cunningham Photography

Written by Daniella Litvak 

Seeing a Lythogoe Family Panto (a fairy tale with told with musical numbers, lots of jokes and audience participation) at the Laguna Playhouse during the holiday season has become an Orange County tradition.  Over the past few years, Lythoge Family Productions has staged Aladdin and His Winter Wish, A Snow White Christmas, and Sleeping Beauty and her Winter Knight.  This year’s production is Beauty And The Beast: A Christmas Rose (hereinafter “Beauty”). Continue Reading

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The Wayward Artist Present : Corpus Christi by Terrence McNally @ GRAND CENTRAL ARTS CENTER November 9 – November 18

Blasphemy! Sacrilege! Heresy! Terrence McNally’s passion play recounts the birth, death, and resurrection of a young gay man living in Corpus Christi, Texas, scandalizing communities near and far when it first premiered in 1998. Experience the powerful story of Joshua who, different from other boys because of his homosexuality, grows up in isolation and torment. Fleeing his home, he gathers a group of disciples who are drawn to his radical message of love and tolerance. Despite his message of equality, he will suffer the same fate as Jesus who also sought to change a wayward community—its arrogance, its ignorance, and its complacency. Taken from the website. 

November 9 – November 18, 2018 

 

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