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Lost in Yonkers @ The Costa Mesa Playhouse – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

It’s been two years since Neil Simon, one of the most well-known playwrights of his generation, passed away. He had a very successful career in writing more than 30 different plays, which were often adapted into feature films.  Simon’s plays were famous for being comedic but also dramatic.  Even before I started a deep dive into theatre, the name Neil Simon was a well-known, like Einstein or Mother Teresa.  Lost in Yonkers won the Pulitzer prize in 1991, and in a career that resulted in the creation of so many plays, it’s often known as one of the highlights of his career.  The Costa Mesa Playhouse has now put on a production of this famous play. Under the precise direction of Wendy Ruth, the charm, the comedy and dangerous side of families are well performed, almost the entire way through.

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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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Food For Thought : Dinner With Friends @ The Costa Mesa Playhouse – Review

Written by Daniella Litvak 

 

Lily: We’re not gonna date them; we’re just gonna be friends with them.

Barney: That’s the couple’s version of dating.[1]

 

Dinner With Friends is Donald Margulies’ play about two very different married couples —Karen/Gabe and Tom/Beth.  These couples have been friends for a long time.  They’ve vacationed together, raised kids together, and of course shared many dinners together.  Karen and Gabe think all is well until one evening when Beth announces her and Tom’s marriage is over.  Now the four of them must face the consequences this bombshell leaves in its wake. Continue Reading

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

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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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