Orange County Theatre Reviews

Fireflies @ South Coast Repertory – Review

(Photo by Jordan KubatSCR)

Written by Daniella Litvak 

Racism, sexism, homosexuality, adultery, reproductive rights — many dramatists could compose a play lasting for hours around just one of those subjects. Fireflies tackles all of those topics and more in only 90 minutes. It’s an intense theatrical experience. Continue Reading

Read more

Costa Mesa, Musical, Review, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theater Comments Off on Anastasia The New Broadway Musical @ Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Review |

Anastasia The New Broadway Musical @ Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Review

 (Photo by Matthew Murphy, MurphyMade)

Written by Daniella Litvak 

From the Russian Revolution sprang up a legend — Grand Duchess Anastasia (Little Anastasia played by Delilah Rose Pellow and Eloise Vaynshtok), the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II (Brad Greer) and Tsarina Alexandra (Lucy Horton)— survived the communist takeover and vanished.  Speculation about what happened to her has formed the basis of plays, movies and Anastasia The New Broadway Musical — currently playing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Continue Reading

Read more

Costa Mesa, Musical, Review, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Uncategorized Comments Off on Miss Saigon @ Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Review |

Miss Saigon @ Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Review

(Photo by Matthew Murphy)

Written by Patrick Chavis

The subject of tragic love has been covered in plays and stories for centuries — think of the iconic example of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.  Tragic love stories are told and retold because love is such a powerful and all-encompassing topic. Everyone can relate–whether for an object or a person, people search endlessly for some type of love. When told well, stories can show how fragile love can be and how easily it can be taken away.  It’s no surprise these tales strike a chord deep in our hearts. 

Continue Reading

Read more

Costa Mesa, Review, South Coast Repertory, Theater, Uncategorized Comments Off on POOR YELLA REDNECKS @ South Coast Repertory – Review |

POOR YELLA REDNECKS @ South Coast Repertory – Review

(Photo by ​Jordan Kubat/SCR)

Written by Daniella Litvak 

Back in 2015 I reviewed Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone when it debuted at South Coast Repertory. Vietgone told the story of how a young couple named Tong and Quang met and fell love while they were refugees at Fort Chafee in Arkansas, after the fall of Saigon. Poor Yella Rednecks picks up Tong and Quang’s story from where Vietgone left off.

Continue Reading

Read more

Costa Mesa, Musical, Review, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Uncategorized Comments Off on CATS THE MUSICAL @ SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS – Review |

CATS THE MUSICAL @ SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS – Review

(Photo by Matthew Murphy)

Written by Patrick Chavis 

Cats was, for nearly a decade, the longest-running Broadway show in history. Some of the songs in Cats are iconic. I’ve never seen Cats, but I found myself humming along to the tunes as if I’ve known them my entire life. Cats is playing now at the Segerstrom Centers for the Arts for a very short run of 6 nights. While this production will probably thrill the already initiated Cats fan. The spectacle of Cats can leave newbies a little confused with the direction of the story. Continue Reading

Read more

Costa Mesa, Review, South Coast Repertory, Theater, Uncategorized Comments Off on Life Under A Microscope : Photograph 51 @ South Coast Repertory – Review |

Life Under A Microscope : Photograph 51 @ South Coast Repertory – Review

(Photo by Jordan Kubat/SCR)

Written by Patrick Chavis 

Photograph 51, a production currently at the South Coast Repertory, approaches the autobiographical drama in a new and innovative way.  While the audience puts Rosalind Franklin’s life under a microscope, Franklin uses a lens as well in her — groundbreaking — work of discovering the structure of DNA in this sophisticated meta-narrative. Continue Reading

Read more