Orange County Theatre Reviews

Fun Home @ Chance Theater – Review

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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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THEATRE PALISADES presents: Steel Magnolias playing @ PIERSON PLAYHOUSE January 10 – February 16, 2020

How do you solve a problem like that child Shelby?! You don’t. A tender, funny, sad, funny play about the family tug of war between mother (M’lynn) and daughter (Shelby). And their friends who all come to the same beauty parlor where life and its issues get discussed and dissected in a very Southern and ladylike way. A perennial favorite of the American stage! Taken from the website. 

JANUARY 10 — FEBRUARY 16,2020

 

 

 

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A Charlie Brown Christmas @ Chance Theater in Anaheim Hills – Review

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Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

A Charlie Brown Christmas is now playing over at the Chance Theater in Anaheim. Even though I’m not a big Peanuts fan, halfway through this 45-minute show, I found myself a little charmed and even somewhat invested in the story.  Add in the smiling faces of the children in the audience and I consider this a worthy holiday treat for young ones and avid fans of the franchise.

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