Orange County Theatre Reviews

Night Moths on the Wing @ OC Centric’s New Play Festival – Review

(photo by Stephen Rack)

Written By Daniella Litvak 

This is the synopsis for Night Moths on the Wing (hereafter referred to as “Night Moths”):

“Civilization has broken down; everything is scarce, thousands have disappeared, and rebel factions fight the national army.  When rebel General Victor Maylor is arrested and secretly delivered to an unofficial prison camp, he expects to be executed…but chief interrogator Michael Shaw does not want him dead –not yet.  Shaw wants information and will do whatever it takes to get that information.  But while the men relentlessly engage in a battle of wills, are they blind to a more elusive enemy that could destroy them both?”[1]

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Broadway in the Park presents : Beauty and the Beast @ Peppertree Park in Tustin – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

In a departure from what has traditionally been for many years a space to revisit older classics less known by the youth, Peppertree Park is now hosting Disney’s popular musical Beauty and the Beast.   Presented by the Tustin Area Council for the Fine Arts and the Chance Theater, this production is engaging and extremely well-performed but also more exhausting than one might expect. Continue Reading

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True West @ The Modjeska Playhouse in Lake Forest – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

The set comes straight out of a pristine 1980’s catalog.  Its picture-perfect kitchen is immaculate,  right down to the old stove. As a  nostalgic symbol the kitchen appears to stand in for a sign of an America long since past.  Just looking at it is like looking at a piece of history through rose-colored glasses.   But as the story unfolds the kitchen, like the characters, transforms with the struggles and issues each individual has to deal with. In staying true to playwright Sam Shepard, Modjeska Playhouse’s version of True West pulls no punches in a heart wrenching display of emotions. Continue Reading

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Wizard of Oz @ The Laguna Niguel Community Theatre – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

The Laguna Niguel Community Theatre is putting on L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz.  Now when I think of The Wizard of Oz, I think of magic conjured up through vibrant colors.   As a matter of fact one might say that the bright colors are a representation of the actual story itself. As a film, the 1939 project that helped make Judy Garland a household name is not very complex.  Dorothy –the lost, little girl –is a saint in all but name while Glinda the Good Witch is practically an angel, and The Wicked Witch of the West is a deeply misunderstood animal rights activist.  Ok, I’m kidding about that last one.  She’s actually an evil, green lady who wants to kill Dorothy’s dog. The stakes are obvious.  Dorothy wants to get home, and the Wicked Witch wants to stop her.  With a central plot that is tailor-made for children, it seems the main question here is whether or not Laguna Niguel’s show will entertain young viewers.  My answer is it will if you get the right seats. Continue Reading

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A Singular Sensation in Anaheim : A Chorus Line @ The Chance Theatre – Review

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