Orange County Theatre Reviews

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Cabaret Playing at The Frida Cinema in Santa Ana One Night Only – News

Written by Patrick Chavis 

Cabaret, the Tony & Academy Award winning musical, hits the big screen for one night only at the Frida Cinema in Santa Ana on August 28th at 7:30 p.m.

Synopsis:  

“First shown in 1972 the film stars Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles an American stage performer living a carefree Bohemian lifestyle in 1930s Berlin. Sally enters into affairs with both Brian, her timid flatmate, and Max, a rich playboy, as the Nazi Party rises in power around them and threatens to destroy their way of life, as well as the decadent Kit Kat Club where she performs. Joel Grey rounds out director Bob Fosse’s impressive cast in his iconic and award-winning performance as the leering, devilish Emcee.”  taken directly from http://thefridacinema.org/ 

If you want a more up close and personal experience, STAGESTheatre is performing the same show on its stage until September 20th. Check the review for more details and ticket prices.  http://theorangecurtainrev.com/cabaret-stagestheatre-in-fullerton-review/  

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License to Ill – OCcentric New Play Festival Presents : Grace Note @ Chapman University – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Stories with mentally ill people have a good track record with me.  Let me be clearer –I have yet to come across a story featuring a (potentially) mentally ill person failing to capture my undivided attention before the show is over.  Robert Riemer’s Grace Note is no different.  What starts out as a somewhat bland family narrative successfully becomes a dark comedy about life, death, and reality as we know it.

Our family is made up of Mama, Dad, Chris, and Michael.  Mom is sweet but a bit dippy. Dad is gruff but a bit loopy. Chris is seemingly

Family reunion: Christopher (Tyler Koster) is back in town, off the streets, escaped from ... Abyssinia? ... and home with Mom (Jennifer Novak Chun) and Dad (Paul Thomas Arnold) in Grace Note. | Photo by Stephen Rack

Family reunion: Christopher (Tyler Koster) is back in town, off the streets, escaped from … Abyssinia? … and home with Mom (Jennifer Novak Chun) and Dad (Paul Thomas Arnold) in Grace Note. | Photo by Stephen Rack

damaged beyond repair.  Meanwhile Michael is nice, friendly, helpful, and everything a loving son should be.  Chris arrives home after taking a long period of absence with his brother Michael’s girlfriend Lauren.  Dad’s drinking buddy Norman stops by, and despite their alleged friendship, takes continual pleasure in making Dad feel like crap.  As the night wears on we find ourselves on an assortment of twisted paths made up of truth, lies, and that mysterious gray area, which is neither lunacy nor sanity. Continue Reading

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