Orange County Theatre Reviews

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Shakespeare OC presents : Walt Whitman Sings @ The Strawberry Bowl in Garden Grove – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

 
There are often fatal flaws in one-man shows.  They expect too much from the audience.  They take on way too many characters.  The acting might be great, but you’re never entirely immersed in the story because your watching the same person. Also sometimes, I swear it’s just an excuse for an actor to show off.  The popular ones will have someone well-known starring in them.  Thus, giving people a reason to shell out their hard-earned cash.  John Slade’s performance of Walt Whitman smartly combats this pretension through the use of his surroundings.  He transforms the venue right outside the strawberry bowl into something more like a revolutionary spiritual/social economic/philosophical meeting than a show. Deep themes and soulful moments keep a rather sedentary, one-man show alive long after the show is over.

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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum @ The Attic Theatre in Santa Ana – Review

Written by Daniella Litvak 

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum’s (hereafter referred to as “A Funny Thing”) opening number makes a lot of guarantees to its audience.  No kings will be grasping for crowns in this play.  There will be “Something for everyone.”  Most of all, no tragedy allowed because it’s a comedy.  Does this farce about Roman slave Pseudolus helping his master woo the girl next door (in exchange for his freedom) deliver on its promises? 

The first act’s pacing is not perfect.  Some plot points and character observations get repeated over and over again.  When the end of the act comes, it feels like the show could be wrapped up then and there with just a couple of extra minutes needed to tie up loose ends.  Fortunately, the second act averts this problem with a much better flow. Continue Reading

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