Orange County Theatre Reviews

Musical, Review, Santa Ana, The Wayward Artist, Theater, Uncategorized Comments Off on Streamed performance: Ordinary Days @ The Wayward Artist Ensemble – Review |

Streamed performance: Ordinary Days @ The Wayward Artist Ensemble – Review

(Photo credit Francis Gacad)

Written by Patrick Chavis

Kimberly Tiongco (Deb) David Albulario (Warren)

It was night, and I found myself sitting in my silver Prius surrounded by all types of trucks and cars on top of the Mess Hall parking structure in Tustin, waiting for the premiere of Ordinary Days, a musical put on by the Wayward Artist Theater Ensemble and the Frida Cinema.  I’ve been to a drive-thru before, but this was definitely a different experience. The production is a mixture of live theater performance production with film cuts and cinematography seamlessly moving with the story and transitions. If you didn’t make the one-time drive-thru premiere, you could watch the same recorded performance streamed from the Wayward Artist website through August 7th. Continue Reading

Read more

Musical, Review, The Chance Theater, Theater, Uncategorized Comments Off on Orange County Premiere of EDGES @ Chance Theater in Anaheim Hill – Review |

Orange County Premiere of EDGES @ Chance Theater in Anaheim Hill – Review

All photos by Doug Catiller, True Image Studio

Written by Patrick Chavis

The Chance Theater brings back live, in-person theater for the first time since the pandemic with the Orange County premiere of EDGES, a musical written by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, the award-winning songwriters of La La Land, The Greatest Showman, and Dear Evan Hansen. EDGES is an earlier work from the award-winning duo, and the signs of their talent are all over this script. Still, this script’s bones (structure) feel uneven, and this striped-down production shows off the flaws in the material instead of improving on it.  Continue Reading

Read more

Electric Company Theatre, fullerton, News, Press Releases Comments Off on Electric Company Theatre Lights Up Muckenthaler Cultural Center |

Electric Company Theatre Lights Up Muckenthaler Cultural Center

Written by Patrick Chavis

Taken from the press release:

“The Electric Company Theatre is now the resident theatre company of the historic Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton. The Electric Company will produce full-length plays, immersive experiences, and an intimate storytelling and concert series on the grounds and in the beautiful 1920s mansion.”

Brian (Brian Johnson C0-Artistic Director) adds: “Our passion is creating beautiful stories in unusual places. We can’t wait to share stories in unexpected locations within The Muck campus as well as bigger pieces in the amphitheatre.” The Muck is famous for its live music events, visual art installations, and community partnerships. “We are thrilled to add live theatre into that mix,” says Brian.

“The inaugural season will open with a preview event called “Light Up the Night” on August 24 with a toast, a guided tour of the Muck, and select performances from the upcoming season. The first full production, The Old Man and the Old Moon, a musical seafaring tale written by PigPen Theatre Company, will premiere on the south lawn of the mansion September 14, 15, 21, 22.”

To learn more about the Electric Company, click this link for their website.

Read more