Orange County Theatre Reviews

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Rumors @ Costa Mesa Playhouse – Review

Written by Mike Martin 

“Bigger. Louder. Funnier.” If you have ever performed in a comedy or been lucky enough to direct one, you have heard this phrase. For the uninitiated it simply means to raise the energy. Comedies need energy, or they tend to give the audience too much time to start poking holes in their thin plots and characters. It’s a decent way to get across a simple concept. When in doubt, “Go big!” Continue Reading

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AMB Theatre Podcast #51 presented by OCR : The Full Monty @ 3D Theatricals in Fullerton – Podcast

Adapted from the Academy Award®-winning movie, this charming and hilarious musical follows the journey of two unemployed steelworkers desperate to make a living. When the search for work becomes hopeless, they scheme to put together a male striptease act and recruit other displaced workers to join them. The heart of this musical is the story of self-empowerment, overcoming odds, and the unbreakable bond formed within this seemingly diverse group of men who find that they have more in common than they first thought. Taken from the website 
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APRIL 22 , 2016 – MAY 8 , 2016

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The Full Monty @ 3D Theatricals in Fullerton – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

Warning: this article will contain discussion of graphic material. The image of oiled up, rippling, manly muscles grinding, thrusting, working extremely hard to please hard-working women, and doing whatever it takes to get the job done is an image more commonly seen near Hollywood Blvd and all over the Vegas strip. There are plenty of strip clubs for men in the O.C., but you can count the strip clubs catering to women audiences in the OC on your hand, so viewing the aforementioned description on Chapman near Downtown Fullerton is sort of shock.  Admittedly it’s the only shock that comes from this production.  TJ Dawson directs 3D Theatricals’ Full Monty –taking a brave chance on material about the perils of unemployment and the damage that ensues when society forces men to live up to unrealistic ideals of beauty.  The show’s mood is funny at parts and deadly serious at others, but in the process of going for both you feel left out of these men’s lives. Unemployment is not that funny, and stripping is not that racy anymore, so when I broke it down, by the end of the show, I just felt disconnected. Continue Reading

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Costa Mesa, Review, South Coast Repertory, Theater, Uncategorized Comments Off on Office Hour at SCR, Frightening and Enlightening – Review |

Office Hour at SCR, Frightening and Enlightening – Review

Written by Scotty Keister 

Paranoid fantasy meets uncomfortable reality; welcome to Office Hour, Julia Cho’s searingly smart and tense play at South Coast Rep’s Julianne Argyros Stage. Exploring the world of school shooters, outcasts, fringe-dwellers, rejects, ethnic alienation, the dispossessed and the unwanted, Office Hour focuses a keen and probing eye on one office encounter between a college teacher and her disturbed – and disturbing – student, who are both Asian Americans. Directed by Neel Keller, the play’s gradual building of tension never lets up, frequently exploding with sudden gunfire and violence. Noise aside, the heart of the story is an exploration of how easy it is to misjudge and categorize those we don’t understand and thus fear. Continue Reading

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Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella @ Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

We live in a world where comedians make big bucks to roll their eyes over the antics of politicians and “new” movies with recycled plots, sarcasm is almost reflexive.  So it was very tempting for me to scorn the arrival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts simply because of how NOT new it is.  Then I watched the actual show, and all of the cynicism and snark melted away. Continue Reading

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Podcast with Playwright Julia Cho the writer of Office Hour now playing at South Coast Rep in Costa Mesa

April 10-30, 2016

He sits in the back of the classroom, wearing dark glasses, a baseball cap pulled down low…never speaking. His creative writing assignments are violent, twisted—and artless. He scares the other students. He scares the teachers. The kid is trouble. Or is he just mixed up, using his writing to vent, provoke, maybe even protect himself? Gina is the only teacher willing to get close. But at what risk? Taken from the websitebuy

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