Orange County Theatre Reviews

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The Roommate @ South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa – Review

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Written by Daniella Litvak 

Near the start of The Roommate, the character of Robyn (Tessa Auberjonois) succinctly sums up the play’s main theme:

“There’s a great liberty in being bad.”

The characters are not the only ones who see the appeal of this sentiment. Playwright Jen Silverman seems to relish subverting expectations, and the result is a compelling, thoughtful play with some good laughs. Continue Reading

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DCMS Productions presents: Next to Normal @ The Ovation Theatre in Laguna Niguel – Review

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Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Considering how common mental illness is and how many problems are attributed to it, I find it interesting how rarely this subject is dealt with in theater, interesting but not wholly surprising.  You see while mental illnesses, symptoms, and treatments are documented (in varying degrees of  accuracy and rationality) throughout the world’s history, it is neither beautiful nor glamorous.  And since I would imagine a great many individuals would rather watch things that are a bit more enjoyable, musical theater has not really presented mental illness as something to partake in on  a Friday night –until now.  Next to Normal is a Tony award winning rock musical that deals with all aspects of mental illness, and it does it while having actors belt out some fantastic tunes.  Next to Normal is currently being performed at Ovations Performing Arts Center by DCMS Productions, and the stirring plot combined with the gorgeous voices makes this show worth every cent of the admission fee. Continue Reading

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Original Show : Trumped by Lauren Velasco playing One Night Only @ Theatre Out in Santa Ana

Trumped: A Special Inauguration Day Event, occurring Jan 20th 7pm @ Theatre Out in Santa Ana 

Synopsis: T’was the night before the inauguration and all through the White House everyone was stirring, because things were f!*%ked up! The date is January 19th, 2017 and Donald Trump needs to be visited by three spirits who are ready to teach him some lessons. He is visited by the ghost of none other than the former Supreme Court Justice, Scalia, who gives him a warning and a chance at redemption. This chance comes in the form of three spirits  resembling women of great importance in his life. They show him images of his past, injustices of today and dangers of the future. He sees the pain of his childhood, the bloodshed around the world, and the damage he will do to the United States. Realizing his error of  running for president with no qualifications, experience, or feasible plans, he swears to make things right. This dark comedy is a mixture of the classic story of “A Christmas Carol” and current affairs. Taken from the press release

100% of funds raised will support charities and organizations that have been threatened with defunding under the new administration.

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