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She Loves Me @ The Chance Theater in Anaheim – Review

All photos by Doug Catiller, True Image Studio

All photos by Doug Catiller, True Image Studio

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Welcome to the original “You’ve Got Mail”.  Oddly enough, I had no idea going into this show that that is what it is, but there you have it: You’ve Got Mail as set in Hungary in the 1930s.  And infinitely worthy of so much more recognition than that–this is one of the classier and more enjoyable romantic shows I have seen in years,  however I am fairly certain that this can be attributed more to the peppiness of the songs than to the originality of the script. Continue Reading

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2015 Show Preview @ The Chance Theatre in Anaheim: Orange Curtain Podcast #4

Shows & Dates (directly from the press release) :
World premiere of Loch Ness – The Musical
January 30 – February 28, 2015

 

A scientist’s young daughter discovers herself – and a small, magical, and very reptilian creature – on the waters of the Scottish Highlands.

 

Southern California Premiere
After The Revolution
April 10 – May 10, 2015

 

One Idealistic woman’s beliefs into chaos when her inspiration is rocked by a family revelation.

 

West Coast Premiere
Samsara
April 30 – May 31, 2015

 

Katie & Craig are desperate to have a baby. When and indian surrogate becomes their only viable option, their lives unfold in a whirlwind of imagination and irresistibly.

 

Hair Spray
July 10 – August 9, 2015

 

Full-figured Tracy Tunrblad only wants to dance- and dance she does, through her downtrodden neighborhood, through the harsh word of her schoolmates, and through the racial barriers dividing 1960’s Baltimore.

 

West Coast Premiere
The Dragon Play
July 23- Augusts 23, 2015

 

One Dragon, her need for freedom, her desire for human love, and the men who get trapped in between.

 

A Bright New Boise
September 25-October 25

 

A mans attempt to reunite with family he never knew. Little does the man suspect that this experience will test the man’s endurance, his love,and, most potently, his faith.

 

Anne of Green Gables
November 27 – December 27,2015

 

Classic story of a young orphan girl who works her way into the hearts of her adoptive parents.

 

The Eight : Reindeer Monologues

December 8 – 23, 2015

 

This show contains Foul mouth reindeer and very inappropriate Humor. For Adults.

 

Alice in Wonderland
Feb 26-March 8, 2015

 

Alice falls down a rabbit hole to a world in which she encounters strange creatures and even stranger poetry.

 

Fancy Nancy – The Musical
May 29 – June 7, 2015

 

Fancy Nancy and her friends Bree, Rhonda, Wanda, and Lionel are going to be performing in their very first show. Can Nancy bring fancy flair to her role, even though it isn’t the one she wanted. Perfect for kids.

 

World Premiere
The Legends of Sleepy Hollow
October 8-18,2015

 

The theatrical adaption of the timeless tale of Ichabod Crane.

 

 

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Maple & Vine @ The Chance Theater in Anaheim – Orange Curtain Podcast #3

Written & Recorded by : Patrick Chavis 

Question & answer segment with the cast of Maple & Vine @ the Chance Theater.  

Synopsis: Katha and her husband Ryu have become allergic to their 21st-century lives. After they meet a charismatic man from a community of 1950s re-enactors, they forsake cell phones and sushi for cigarettes and Tupperware parties. In this compulsively authentic Eisenhower America, Katha and Ryu are surprised by what their new neighbors—and they themselves—are willing to sacrifice for happiness.

Buy tickets here:
http://chancetheater.com/production/maple-vine/

Date & Location :
September 19, 2014 — October 19, 2014

Chance Theater
5522 E. La Palma Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92807

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Present & Future collide : Maple & Vine @ The Chance Theater in Anaheim – Review

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Actor James McHale plays Roger/Omar

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Have you ever had a conversation with a schoolmate or a friend that focused on the possibility of living in another time, I definitely have.  This question is thoroughly and enjoyably explored in Jordan Harrison’s Maple and Vine.

The story follows a husband and wife, Ryu and Katha.  Briefly put, the two are unhappy with the current state of their lives.  Work is unpleasant, life is noisy, marital relations are virtually nonexistent, they simply aren’t happy.  So in the pursuit of a happier existence they join an enclosed community of people who live, eat, work, talk, dress, and overall behave as though they are eternally in 1955.  It’s an interesting premise, carried out in a fairly interesting way.  I found myself invested in the story.  I cared about what happened to these people.  And they managed to touch on all of the issues that would occur to most people considering such an excursion–not just the benefits of technological advancements, but what kind of social environment one would be subjected to?  Would a person be forced to give us certain morals?  Political ideologies?  Would one necessarily be “happier” in such a life?  Or are we in fact meant to search for happiness, no matter what time period we are in?

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Actress Jennifer Ruckman plays Katha

It is a thought provoking story.  Not just for the resurrection of the “when would you live if you could live anywhere” question that my friends and I discussed at lunch time in middle school, but I think if it makes even one person recommit to the idea that human interaction is beneficial to eternity on a cell phone, I’ll consider it a success.  At the same time, it acknowledges the progress we as a society have made.  I don’t really consider any stone unturned here, and that is one of the reasons it works so well.  There aren’t any real “plot holes” so to speak.  Perhaps questions not wholly resolved by the end, but I don’t think it’s in any way damaged for that.

The acting was decent, with everyone getting their points across fairly well.  There was a time during the first part where Katha speaks in a consistent tone of stressing every word in precisely the same way.  I think we’re supposed to accept this as a character trait exhibiting just how unchanging and depressing her life is, but it just comes across as though they don’t understand the idea of emoting or the possibility of changing inflections for different sentences.  Katha ability to speak like a human being blossoms in Act II and suddenly she is much more tolerable as a character.

Other than my problem with Katha during her modern-day-mode, the acting in the show is reasonably solid and convincing.   My personal favorite was Ryu, simply because I like that character the most, but there are a few other colorful individuals to choose from.  Set design is fine, with good use of color.  Again, the best part of this show is simply the conversation starters that pop up throughout.  It’s thought provoking and entertaining.  I wish I could recommend it to any group but there is some pretty strong language in their that might not go over well if you bring a kid with you. Still, I’m of the opinion that kids would understand the technological and social benefits of such an experiment as undertaken in Maple and Vine.

8/10

Buy tickets here:
http://chancetheater.com/production/maple-vine/

Date & Location :
September 19, 2014 — October 19, 2014

Chance Theater
5522 E. La Palma Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92807

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