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Bonnie & Clyde : The Musical Opens This Week @ The Curtis Theatre

Bonnie & Clyde, the classic story of love, adventure and crime, explodes on stage at the Curtis Theatre February 5, 6 & 7 and 12, 13, 14 and 19 & 20. Performed with a live seven-piece orchestra, the compelling musical combines the monumental sound of Broadway with blues, gospel, country and rockabilly in a score that celebrates the roots of American music and history. From the team that brought you last season’s Into the Woods, powerful voices and a charismatic cast bring the epic story of the notorious outlaw couple to life. Produced by Southgate Productions in association with the Curtis Theatre, Bonnie & Clyde is directed by Jonathan Infante with musical direction by Sara Weinzetl and choreographed by Tara Pitt. Taken from the Press Release photo courtesy : DANIEL FENSTERMAKER

The Two leads Courtney Daniels and Trevor Shor singing a Taylor Swift Cover together.

 

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South Coast Repertory’s Pinocchio Clowns Around in the Theatre for Young Audiences Series

COSTA MESA, Calif.—The tale of the naughty puppet hoping to become a real boy gets an infusion of music, clowning and fun when South Coast Repertory’s Theatre for Young Audiences series presents Pinocchio by Greg Banks, based on the classic story by Carlo Collodi. Pinocchio runs Feb. 5-21 on the Julianne Argyros Stage and is directed by Jeremy Aluma. Tickets are on sale at www.scr.org. Continue Reading

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‘Red’ Paints a Vivid Portrait @ South Coast Repertory – Review

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Written by Scotty Keister 

“What do you see?” Mark Rothko asks his brand new, young assistant, Ken, at the opening of John Logan’s play, Red, currently running at South Coast Repertory. This same question will be put to the audience for the next ninety minutes as Rothko lectures, rails, rants, raves, orates, harangues, insults and educates Ken. His subjects include art, Nietzsche, tragedy, cubism, pop art, Jackson Pollack, the sacred nature of paintings and the color red. It’s pretty much a one-man show with Ken standing in for the audience most of the time. Continue Reading

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Hurts So Good : Rajiv Joseph’s Gruesome Playground Injuries @ STAGEStheatre in Fullerton – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

When starring as the Joker in The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger asks a fearful Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal), “Do you know how I got these scars?”  Without the obviously threatening context, the words themselves leave you with a feeling close to what I experienced while watching Rajiv Josephs’ Gruesome Playground Injuries.  The aesthetics of the play do seem a little self-centered, in a “please watch this because it’s so important” kind of way. However, the human dialogue and chemistry between the two actors on stage combined with well thought out direction within the scenes made this one of best shows I’ve seen at STAGEStheatre thus far.  Continue Reading

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Black & White Gothic Tale : Clybourne Park @ University of California, Irvine – Review

Daniella Litvak 

Clybourne Park is a title that would not be out of place on a bookshelf of Gothic novels.  The play itself has a lot of Gothic elements and the setting is gloomy.  There is a fallen hero in the story and the characters are dealing with doubt, tragedy, and transition.  All of these features add atmosphere and tension to this satire about race and real estate. 

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Nicole Cowans and Amandla Bearden star in “Clybourne Park” Photos by Paul R. Kennedy

The play begins in the year 1959.  Bev and Russ are selling their home in Clybourne Park –a suburban neighborhood in Chicago.  However, the community is appalled to learn the buyers are African-American.  Flash forward to 2009 where Clybourne Park has become a predominately African-American neighborhood, and a white couple are moving in. Continue Reading

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