Orange County Theatre Reviews

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Intimate Apparel @ Chapman University in Orange – Review

(photo courtesy : Dale Dudeck)

Written by Patrick Chavis 

When walking into the Waltmar Theatre, the creativity of the set catches your attention right away. The set is separated from the audience by using the front of the stage floor and backdrop. Actually the set itself can be described as surreal.  Sewing machine parts and materials are plastered all over the ground, and the backdrop looks like damaged cloth that’s been badly patched together.  These visuals from the set prepare you for a 2 and a half hour drama full of unexpected twists from a variety of unique perspectives. Like the torn cloth and the dirty set, the early twentieth century was in disarray, and we are still foaming from the aftermath.  Continue Reading

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Night Moths on the Wing @ OC Centric’s New Play Festival – Review

(photo by Stephen Rack)

Written By Daniella Litvak 

This is the synopsis for Night Moths on the Wing (hereafter referred to as “Night Moths”):

“Civilization has broken down; everything is scarce, thousands have disappeared, and rebel factions fight the national army.  When rebel General Victor Maylor is arrested and secretly delivered to an unofficial prison camp, he expects to be executed…but chief interrogator Michael Shaw does not want him dead –not yet.  Shaw wants information and will do whatever it takes to get that information.  But while the men relentlessly engage in a battle of wills, are they blind to a more elusive enemy that could destroy them both?”[1]

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OCR Talk Episode #4 Katrina: The K Word

Interview with Director Connor Duffey on the play Katrina : The K Word playing @ Chapman University September 21-23 2015.   

 

 “The play explores the how and why of the devastating hurricane, chronicling  stories of those who lived through it” – Dawn Bonker

Katrina: The K Word

Directed by Connor Duffey ’16
Performances at 7:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Sept. 21-23,
in the Studio Theatre, Moulton Hall.
Admission is free.

More info about the play here 

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The Runaways All Grown Up – OCcentric New Play Festival Presents : Fabulous Monsters @ Chapman University – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis

Music and theatre have always gone hand in hand. In some ways they pull from the same emotional well. While watching playwright Diana Burbano’s new play, we get a nicely condensed drama about punk rock, love and family.  I really liked it, but I couldn’t help but feel I had seen this story done before. Of course Fabulous Monsters is its own narrative.  The plot has enough differences to set it apart –especially for an older generation.  Still, the positive differences felt less new after watching it and more like a rehash of another story. Continue Reading

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Tolstoy meets Havana : Anna In the Tropics @ Chapman University – Review

Anna in the tropicsWritten by Patrick Chavis

Set in a Cuban immigrant cigar factory in 1929, the happiness and turmoil brought on by the classic Russian novel Anna Karenina brings to light hard universal truths about love, pride and tragedy. These concepts were explored thoroughly Thursday night in the Pulitzer winning play, “Anna In the Tropics” at Chapman University’s Waltmar Theatre.

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