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A Piece of My Heart @ The Costa Mesa Playhouse – Review

(Photo by Mike Dale Brown)

Written by Mike Martin 

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: The Vietnam War was bad. If you agree with that statement or have consumed any sort of media about that conflict, then A Piece of My Heart has very few surprises in store. We’ve all read this book, watched this movie, and even seen this play before under a hundred other names. It not that it isn’t moving, well-written, or even true… But things like this are hard to get excited for anymore these days. Continue Reading

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Red Scare on Sunset @ Costa Mesa Playhouse – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis

Certain playwrights (not unlike certain film directors) have styles that are so defined, so essential to their stories, it almost feels like you’re being hit over the head with them. They positively scream, “HERE I AM EVERYONE. THIS IS MY PLAY!” Charles Busch is one such playwright. Red Scare on Sunset is another one of those stylish shows containing cross-dressing, gay humor and satire.  LOTS of satire, which is quite enjoyable, although some of the scenic transitions could use a tad more creativity. The Michael Brown directed  Red Scare on Sunset packs in all of the weirdness and comedic timing you would expect from a Busch script about invading communists. Continue Reading

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Rumors @ Costa Mesa Playhouse – Review

Written by Mike Martin 

“Bigger. Louder. Funnier.” If you have ever performed in a comedy or been lucky enough to direct one, you have heard this phrase. For the uninitiated it simply means to raise the energy. Comedies need energy, or they tend to give the audience too much time to start poking holes in their thin plots and characters. It’s a decent way to get across a simple concept. When in doubt, “Go big!” Continue Reading

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Save the Costa Mesa Community Playhouse – News

Founded in 1965, the non-profit Costa Mesa CIVIC Playhouse began at the OC Fairgrounds. In 1984, it was relocated to the Rea Elementary campus. In 2017, the School District will develop an AVID/Info Tech. program for their students’ enrichment which will cause us to lose our lovely non-profit theater. As the “City of the Arts”, the CMP hopes to remain a significant cultural and historic entity in Costa Mesa. Speaking on behalf of thousands of people, many very happy memories and extraordinary life experiences took place at this community theater. 

The petition needs at least 200 hundred signatures. It’s as simple as clicking on the link below and signing up on the page.

https://www.change.org/p/newport-mesa-unified-school-district-save-the-costa-mesa-community-playhouse?recruiter=2469069&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_term=des-lg-share_petition-reason_msg&fb_ref=Default

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Costa Mesa Playhouse Looking For New Performance Space 2017

Written by Patrick Chavis  

“We have been given notice that one of the two buildings we lease from the Newport Mesa School District, housing our dressing room and storage, will be demolished this summer.  In addition, we will only be allowed to renew the lease on the theater building for one year until June 2017.  The school district wants to turn our theater space into a tech center to teach the kids computers, etc.”  – Costa Mesa playhouse President Mike Brown

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