Orange County Theatre Reviews

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Environmentally Unfriendly : The Toxic Avenger Musical @ The Maverick Theatre in Fullerton – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

Heroes come in many forms. Right now at the cinema they come in capes with rippling muscles and have very bad story development (Exhibit A, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice).  But if you find yourself at the Maverick Theatre this April you’ll discover a new type a hero. The type of hero, with out-of-this-world silly story development that might make you barf.  And it’s all because of his toxic awesomeness! Continue Reading

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A Moment In Orange County Theatre History : Tustin Volume #1 – The Holiday Stage

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Written by Patrick Chavis 

In the 1800’s because of the arrival of famous polish theatre actress Helena Modjeska and other notable actors and actresses, the Tustin and Santa Ana area theatre scene started to gain traction. They would perform shows at French’s Opera House in Santa Ana and a few other venues in the Orange County region.  

Although they were successful in 1800’s the transition into 1900’s was not a good one. The theatre culture in the 1900’s consisted of only a handful of people, mostly teachers at Tustin High School contributing to the musical scene. [3] Continue Reading

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Would You Rather Watch A Musical or Straight Play in Orange County – Survey

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The Addams Family @ Vanguard Uni in Costa Mesa – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

It’s the beginning of April in 2016 and we are far and away from a time when a show like The Addams Family would feel relevant. For the benefit of the ten percent of people reading this review that aren’t familiar, I’ll mention that the Addams are a family that find pleasure in torture and all things Gothically strange–keeping that in mind, it’s fair to note that the show would probably be better suited to the cold dreary month of October than the hot spring days of April.  But strangely enough, Vanguard University’s production is anything but spooky. Instead the musical relies mostly (if not entirely) on comedic witticisms from the cartoon and television series, both of those stories lacked the darker, more sinister feelings from the 90s films.   This is the tamest rendition of The Addams Family I’ve ever seen, which is not necessarily a bad thing–it’s family friendly, and the cast mirror the original characters with skill levels which range from good to all-around-exceptional. Continue Reading

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AMB Theatre Podcast #50 presented by OCR : Always Patsy Cline @ The Gem Theatre in Garden Grove – Podcast

Always…Patsy Cline is based on the true story of Patsy Cline’s friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. Having first heard Cline on the “Arthur Godfrey Show” in 1957, Seger became an immediate and avid fan. A chance meeting at Patsy’s concert started a friendship that lasted until Cline’s untimely death in a plane crash in 1963. Taken from the Website

April 7 – May 1, 2016

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Theatrical Cosplay : Future Thinking @ South Coast Repertory – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Do you like plays set in the present day? Do you like large comic conventions?  Are you in the mood to see a show that gets massive points for originality?  Then run, don’t walk, to South Coast Repertory’s World Premiere showing of Eliza Clark’s Future Thinking. This show is a garden of comedy with seeds of tension and drama strewn about somewhat haphazardly.  I believe these seeds are meant to grow into trees of thought. Mission accomplished, this play makes us think.  Although the characters are funny and the story is an original one, the thought-provoking “moral” can be construed as either unnecessary or unnecessarily prevalent.  Even with this consideration in mind, there’s no denying that Future Thinking is a treat to watch. Continue Reading

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