Orange County Theatre Reviews

MASA @ South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa – News

Even though circumstances may keep us apart—especially during the pandemic—food and theatre have a way of bringing people together. MASA is a live, online reading of four short pieces that relate to the historical and cultural importance of masa. This free event will be livestreamed on Monday, Aug. 17, at 5:30 p.m.

“Since every recipe has a lineage, and a story, how do we reach back into the past and embrace the traditions of our ancestors?” asks playwright Juliette Carrillo, who will direct MASA. “I’m interested in how recipes, smells and tastes live in our DNA.”

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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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Fireflies @ South Coast Repertory – Review

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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

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

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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

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Miss Saigon @ Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Review

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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. 

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POOR YELLA REDNECKS @ South Coast Repertory – Review

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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.

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