Orange County Theatre Reviews

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AMB Theatre Podcast #39 presented by OCR : These Shining Lives @ University of California, Irvine – Podcast

Catherine Donohue and her friends have loving families and good jobs painting glow-in-the-dark watch faces at Chicago’s Radium Dial Company, and the 1920s seem full of promise. The war is over, the economy booming, and Catherine bobs her hair and treats the girls to banana splits to celebrate their new prosperity. The tragedy comes when Catherine and her colleagues begin falling ill, one by one, with mystifying ailments. When the cause of their symptoms finally becomes clear, Catherine and her friends must find a way to deal with their own inconvenient truth. Taken from UCI website 

November 21 – December 6th 

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Rogue Artist Ensemble Presents : Wood Boy Dog Fish @ The Bootleg Theatre in Los Angeles – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Geppetto (Ben Messmer) and Puppet (Rudy Martinez, with puppeteers Lisa Dring and Mark Royston). Photo by Chelsea Sutton

Geppetto (Ben Messmer) and
Puppet (Rudy Martinez, with
puppeteers Lisa Dring and Mark Royston).
Photo by Chelsea Sutton

There is something comforting about knowing you are about to hear a story with magic.  Fairy tales are a huge part of our culture, and some of them are more engrained in the collective Bank of Childhood Memories than others.  This can be attributed to the might of one Walt Disney.  Disney took already famed tales and made them even more mainstream, doing various touch ups here and there on his scripts to make them more appealing in cartoon form.  Pinocchio is one of these stories.  Most people know all about the wooden puppet who longs to be a real boy and his devoted companion Jiminy Cricket.  So it would be nothing short of weird to hear our beloved marionette and his friends curse (as this is an adult production) and make sexual references (again, this is an ADULT PRODUCTION. FOR ADULTS).  Nevertheless this is what happens in Rogue Artists Ensemble’s production of Wood Boy Dog Fish. Continue Reading

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Orange Curtain Review Magazine needs your support

We will soon be releasing first edition of our new annual piece, The Orange Curtain Review Magazine. We will have both a limited amount of print magazines and an unlimited amount of digital copies at the end of the year. The hardest part about publicizing our magazine will be getting our audience’s attention. That’s where you come in, loyal OCR readers!  By going to our Thunder Clap page https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/34983-orange-curtain-review-magazine and clicking that you support us on either Facebook or Twitter, you can help us tremendously.  Thunderclap will send out a major post before the release letting everyone know that the magazine is available. It’s free, quick, and easy to lend you support.

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The Bacchae @ Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

The Bacchae is a Greek story about gods and humanity, and it covers a lot of ground in a very short amount of time. Managing to cover that ground without producting a contrived theatrical piece full of long monologues is a monumental challenge. Director David Scaglione tries to overcome this  struggle through the creative use of shadows, puppets, and live actors. While I believe Scaglione is on the right track, The Bacche’s lack of restraint and focus in specific technical areas distracts from the story’s impact. Continue Reading

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Anteater TV Interview with the cast and crew : Man of La Mancha @ UCI in Irvine – Video

November 14 – 22, 2015
Irvine Barclay Theatre

Miguel de Cervantes, aging and an utter failure as playwright, poet and tax collector, has been thrown into a dungeon in Seville to await trial by the Spanish Inquisition for an offense against the Church. There he is dragged before a kangaroo court of his fellow prisoners, who plan to confiscate his few possessions—including the uncompleted manuscript of a novel, Don Quixote. Cervantes, seeking to save the manuscript, proposes his defense in the form of a play. The “court” agrees, and Cervantes and his manservant apply make-up and costumes, transforming themselves into Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. Quixote – a man of questionable sanity – and Sancho take to the road in a quest to restore the age of chivalry, battle all evil, and right all wrongs. Taken from UCI website 

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RCT Youth Series Presents : Alice in Wonderland @ Rose Center Theater in Westminster – Review

Written by Daniella Litvak

When I was a kid, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and numerous adaptations gave me nightmares. So I’m not surprised Wonderland and its inhabitants inspired many other artists towards darker interpretations. Even if an Alice story is targeted directly towards children, the creator’s intent doesn’t always come across and could end up creating something terrifying. However, if you are looking for a truly family friendly version of Alice in Wonderland, look no further than the Rose Center Theater. Continue Reading

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