Orange County Theatre Reviews

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Bang, Bang : Postmortem @ Newport Theatre Arts Center in Newport Beach – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

Postmortem fits in quite well with the paradigm of  the mystery play.  It follows the rules of a typical mystery to the tee.  On one hand, following tradition allows for wonderful dialogue and drama.  However, the traditional mystery structure also has weaknesses and when a show’s direction is almost none existent, the weaknesses become very obvious.  Even avid lovers of mystery theatre will have a hard time enjoying the Newport Theatre Arts Center’s production of Postmortem.  The stakes are so low, the authentic gun shots used in the play may be the only thing keeping your attention on the stage. 

The year is 1922.  Our protagonist, William Gillette, is not a detective but merely an actor who has become famous for playing a detective.  Whereas some leave the acting fantasy for the script, Gillette fancies himself a detective on and off the stage.  With his intentions shrouded in mystery, Gillette invites guests to an isolated mansion (because that makes it creepy) to perform a séance. Continue Reading

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La Habra High School Theatre Guild performs “Cabaret” – News

“The LHHS Theater Guild and The Muckenthaler Cultural Center welcome you to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, a night club thriving in Berlin as the 1920s are drawing to a close. We invite you to leave your troubles at the door and experience some of the most memorable songs in musical theater history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” Right this way, your table’s waiting at Cabaret: with show-stopping vocals, amazing choreography and stunning sets and costumes, the Theater Guild’s Cabaret will show you that while inside everything is beautiful, that may not be the world you want to live in.” taken from the La Habra Theatre guild facebook

Putting on their 51st production, the students at La Habra High School are bringing to the stage their rendition of the popular play and film —Cabaret.  The show starts this Thursday on September 24th – 27th at La Habra High School and continues on September 29th – October 1st in Fullerton’s Muckenthaler Cultural Center.

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AMB Theatre Podcast #29 presented by OCR – First Date @ La Mirada Theatre of The Performing Arts- Podcast

Interviews of the McCoy Rigby Entertainment ( in Yorba Linda) cast of First Date. Plus, I got exclusive interviews with the Author (Austin Winsberg) & Composer (Alan Zachary).

Tune in every Friday to http://www.kuci.org/or if you’re in the areas of Santa Ana, Irvine or Tustin turn your radio receiver to 88.9FM @ 4pm – 5pm for the AMB Theatre show in partnership with the Orange Curtain Review.

Sept. 18 – Oct. 11, 2015

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OCR Talk Episode #4 Katrina: The K Word

Interview with Director Connor Duffey on the play Katrina : The K Word playing @ Chapman University September 21-23 2015.   

 

 “The play explores the how and why of the devastating hurricane, chronicling  stories of those who lived through it” – Dawn Bonker

Katrina: The K Word

Directed by Connor Duffey ’16
Performances at 7:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Sept. 21-23,
in the Studio Theatre, Moulton Hall.
Admission is free.

More info about the play here 

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Gidget Goes Psychotic : Psycho Beach Party @ Theatre Out in Santa Ana – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

Theatre Out is not modest about anything it does.  Even its name speaks to the transparency of its shows.  When directed in the right way, this can be a strength.  As I nestled down in my seat amongst a small audience divided into those wearing Hawaiian shirts and everyone else, I was bombarded with a scene by scene, in your face comedy that holds no punches and goes places that would make Andy Kaufman blush.  With an outstanding cast and breakout performances from the two (sort of) leading ladies, Psycho Beach Party leaves you a little bamboozled.  It might be the most brilliant or brainless show I’ve ever seen.  Whatever I just saw, I couldn’t look away.

Psycho Beach Party is the story of a mild mannered, slightly nerdy girl named Chicklet (Andrew J. Villarreal) who is trying to fit in with the beach crowd.  In her quest to become more popular, Chicklet casts aside her best friend Berdine (Alexis Stansfield) in order to get closer to two surfer dudes.  One is legendary surf bum Kanka (played by Ben Green), and the other is Kanka’s new apprentice Star Cat (played by Ian James).  As Chicklet gets closer to her new surfer pals, the audience learns she has a deep rooted identity disorder which causes her to unleash a myriad of different personalities at any given moment –the most dominant being a sexually aggressive dominatrix  type dubbed Ann Bowman. Continue Reading

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