Orange County Theatre Reviews

Once Upon the Stage… Once @ South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa – Review

(photos by Jordan Kubat) 

Written by Scotty Keister 

Once, the movie and the stage musical now running on the South Coast Repertory Segerstrom Stage, is a romance that defies clichés. There is no last minute run to the airport, no sudden eye-opening change of heart, nor is there a throw everything away and surrender to the passion of the moment. There are two people who fall in love, make each others’ lives better, and then move on as friends. It is a romance that celebrates compassion over passion. It celebrates a love of music over a love of self. The title itself is an abbreviated take on the fairy tale line “Once upon a time…” As such, this musical is one of a kind and an exquisite treat. 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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Interview with Writer/Director Vanda Egginton creator of The Beat Goes On @ Vanguard University in Costa Mesa

An interview with Vanda Eggington creator of Boomers, American Rhythm, and Love Makes the World Go ’Round. We will be talking about her latest project present by The American Coast Theatre Company: The Beat Goes On a Rock and Roll road trip through the last half of the 20th Century with stops in small town malt shops, sunny California beaches, mirror ball disco halls, and MTV studio extravaganzas. 

June 2nd- July 30th


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Grimm Happy Tales : Into The Woods @ Vanguard University in Costa Mesa – Review

(photo credit: Susie SprinkleHudson)

Written by Patrick Chavis 

A few years ago if I had mentioned Into the Woods, I may have been lucky enough to run into a theatre goer who had heard of the musical.  Now that Hollywood has adapted it into a film, the show is about as hidden for theatre folks as Comic-Con is for geeks. Everyone knows about it now, and that’s not changing anytime soon.  As a consequence this is a well-known show and with that comes interesting challenges for the performers. How do we make this production ours?  What is this show about, and how can we communicate it in the best way possible?  Vanguard University took on the challenge of producing such an epic musical and, under the direction of Vanda Eggington, pulled off an entertaining night of theatre but also missed opportunities to capitalize on the show’s vital moments. Continue Reading

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Orange @ South Coast Repertory – Review

(Photo by ​Debora Robinson/SCR)

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

There is not a single person on earth who has never felt loneliness.  Most people, I am fairly certain, have had a desire to go off and do something wild, wonderful, exciting, or to simply put it –have an adventure.  If either of my assertions are wrong, you are welcome to correct me (since I am not you, I will have to take your word for it.)  Still I rather think I am right. It is part of humanity’s history and condition to desire companionship and excitement in some form or another.  Aditi Brennan Kapil’s Orange over at the South Coast Repertory is one of the finest depictions of these desires in the modern day.  Set right here in Orange County, Orange is exciting, funny, and compassionate in all the right ways.  It’s also complex enough to keep you alert and ready for more the entire time. Continue Reading

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