Orange County Theatre Reviews

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike @ STAGEStheatre in Fullerton – Review

Written by Scotty Keister 

You don’t have to be a fan of Chekhov to appreciate “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” but it certainly adds icing to an already delicious cake. Now running at Stages Theatre, Christopher Durang’s 2013 Tony winner for Best Play is not only a hilarious homage to Chekhov’s four main plays (Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard, The Three Sisters, The Seagull) but also a spoof of modern life, clinging to the past while the present tramples all over it. Continue Reading

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Shout Out to the Talented OC Set and Costume Designers

(photo: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)

Written by Patrick Chavis 

Every year the OCR crew and I dedicate a lot of time to promoting our love for theatre (though nowhere near as much time as the people on stage or back stage of the performances we watch), which includes creating an annual magazine covering the theatre community in Orange County, CA.  So far we’ve released two magazines, which are free to the community.   Though the issues are not perfect we are pretty proud of what we’ve accomplished in the last two years. That being said, there is still room for improvement, and after being notified by a very trusted source, I’ve realized in the last two editions of OCR Magazine when we listed our favorite Set Designs and Costumes each year, we have forgotten to actually mention the people creating the sets and putting together the clothes, a huge misstep on my part, which will be rectified in future OCR Magazine editions and our regular reviews.  To start things off, see below for a list of the great designers whose work we marveled over during the past two years. For a full free copy of both magazines download a free copy @  Continue Reading

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The Roommate @ South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa – Review

(Photo by Ben Horak/SCR)

Written by Daniella Litvak 

Near the start of The Roommate, the character of Robyn (Tessa Auberjonois) succinctly sums up the play’s main theme:

“There’s a great liberty in being bad.”

The characters are not the only ones who see the appeal of this sentiment. Playwright Jen Silverman seems to relish subverting expectations, and the result is a compelling, thoughtful play with some good laughs. Continue Reading

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DCMS Productions presents: Next to Normal @ The Ovation Theatre in Laguna Niguel – Review

(photos by Jason Jones)

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Considering how common mental illness is and how many problems are attributed to it, I find it interesting how rarely this subject is dealt with in theater, interesting but not wholly surprising.  You see while mental illnesses, symptoms, and treatments are documented (in varying degrees of  accuracy and rationality) throughout the world’s history, it is neither beautiful nor glamorous.  And since I would imagine a great many individuals would rather watch things that are a bit more enjoyable, musical theater has not really presented mental illness as something to partake in on  a Friday night –until now.  Next to Normal is a Tony award winning rock musical that deals with all aspects of mental illness, and it does it while having actors belt out some fantastic tunes.  Next to Normal is currently being performed at Ovations Performing Arts Center by DCMS Productions, and the stirring plot combined with the gorgeous voices makes this show worth every cent of the admission fee. Continue Reading

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Original Show : Trumped by Lauren Velasco playing One Night Only @ Theatre Out in Santa Ana

Trumped: A Special Inauguration Day Event, occurring Jan 20th 7pm @ Theatre Out in Santa Ana 

Synopsis: T’was the night before the inauguration and all through the White House everyone was stirring, because things were f!*%ked up! The date is January 19th, 2017 and Donald Trump needs to be visited by three spirits who are ready to teach him some lessons. He is visited by the ghost of none other than the former Supreme Court Justice, Scalia, who gives him a warning and a chance at redemption. This chance comes in the form of three spirits  resembling women of great importance in his life. They show him images of his past, injustices of today and dangers of the future. He sees the pain of his childhood, the bloodshed around the world, and the damage he will do to the United States. Realizing his error of  running for president with no qualifications, experience, or feasible plans, he swears to make things right. This dark comedy is a mixture of the classic story of “A Christmas Carol” and current affairs. Taken from the press release

100% of funds raised will support charities and organizations that have been threatened with defunding under the new administration.

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