Orange County Theatre Reviews

Can’t Keep These Puffs Down : Puffs @ STAGEStheatre in Fullerton – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

Harry Potter is one of the top, if not the top, best-selling fantasy books of all time.  It’s a story people of all ages know. Puffs utilizes nostalgia and the preexisting story structure of the Harry Potter series to weave a smaller and slightly less epic tale about the lives of average students attending Hogwarts School of Wizardry. Think of them as the crew members on Star Trek who were never named or, better yet, as the nameless extras seen in the Harry Potter movies.  Now there’s a play all about them.  Alchemy Theatre Company presents: Puffs at STAGESTheatre in Fullerton.  It’s a theatrical feast with an excellent cast, charming story. and non-stop comedy for two hours.  This is quality theatre at community theatre prices. More than that – it’s magical!     

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Alchemy Theatre Company presents : Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play @ The Costa Mesa Playhouse – Review

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Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Ladies and gentlemen, the apocalypse has occurred.  Doomsday has come.  Let chaos and sorrow reign.  In Mr. Burns (playing at the Costa Mesa Playhouse) millions are dead, whole cities are abandoned, and electricity is a thing of the past.  So what is at the forefront of everyone’s mind? The Simpsons.  It’s actually not that surprising, the idea that survivors of a mass tragedy would steadfastly cling to pop-culture references that are familiar to so many people.  What IS a bit startling is a the evolution of such a reference, the gradual change from a mere source of entertainment to a mythology that only loosely resembles its source material.   Continue Reading

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Journey to the West : A New Musical from Orange County Theatre Group Alchemy Theatre Company – Fundraiser

“I have been trying to get this show done for 10 years and now I have the b1705edfce7c50b52ba1e5304503a333opportunity and I need some help achieving my dreams. The story explores humanity at its best and worst and also explores the fundamental teachings of more eastern religions. We are all one, we are all connected, and one day we will all be together. It is a beautiful sentiment, filled with warmth, and love, and acceptance. It is not staunch and reverent, but kind and welcoming. This kind of love ranging from two lovers destined to fall in love in every life time, or the world at large, coming together for the salvation of humanity, is unlike any show you have ever seen.” Continue Reading

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