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RUBE! @ Curtis Theatre in Brea – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

In the early 1900s, George Edward “Rube” Waddell dominated Major League Baseball in strikeouts, which should be just enough to get your attention.  What should keep your attention is how the man spends his free time: wrestling alligators, starring on Broadway, and pulling off actual acts of heroism to save human lives.  But who is Rube Waddell?  What’s his “deal?”  One American sportswriter decides it’s time someone found out and sets his sights on making sense of the unfathomable behemoth who dominated MLB while pitching for six consecutive years.  We are subsequently treated to a series of retellings of the mythical exploits of one talented and fantastically chaotic Rube Waddell in the hopes of finally understanding him as a person. Continue Reading

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A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum @ Curtis Theatre in Brea – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

One of the hardest things for a script to ‘get right’ is comedy.  Factors impacting a comedic storyline’s success include the age of the viewer, the cultural background of the viewer, and of course, simply each person’s individual preferences.   I just had the pleasure of watching the Curtis Theater’s production of the musical comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and while I would not consider the show perfectly timeless, it does come fairly close.  The singing is good, the acting is great, and the actual jokes land with habitual smoothness again and again. Continue Reading

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Bonnie and Clyde The Musical @ Curtis Theatre – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

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Bonnie & Clyde (1967) Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway

Bonnie and Clyde are no strangers to the spotlight.  Although I am certain not everyone knows exactly who they were and what they did, their names are forever linked with a certain sense of notoriety and tragedy.  Now, I remember meeting an older gentleman who expressed frustration that a movie like the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde would be made considering the nature of the subject matter (he viewed the couple as contemptible and any film featuring them to be needless glorification of thuggery). Had he watched the Curtis Theatre’s production of the Broadway musical Bonnie and Clyde, he might have noticed that glorification of criminality occurs at a minimum.  The show is much more about the title characters’ relationship than it is about how exciting it is to rob banks.  And the story of that relationship is played up well enough to be more exciting than any bank robbery any day. Continue Reading

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High Fidelity : The Musical @ The Curtis Theatre in Brea – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

“the reproduction of sound with little distortion, giving a result very similar to the original.”

The term “high fidelity” is really a phrase created by Audiophiles (intense music fans) who are looking for the most authentic and high quality sound they can find. For many that means vinyl, since it was the musical standard for a long time.  Even now, unlike a lot of its contemporaries, the vinyl record is making a huge comeback. This idea of authenticity in music and in life became clearer to me after watching the Curtis Theater’s production of High Fidelity : The Musical.  It was a completely different experience from the movie. Which isn’t to criticize the film, but the stage production works even better. 

In High Fidelity we first meet our main character Rob (Jeff Lowe), a former DJ and now record store owner who is currently receiving one of the coldest breakups imaginable from his most recent girlfriend Laura (Hallie Mayer).  What follows is a conversation between the audience and Rob as he takes us on a journey through his life, and (because he’s a DJ) his story revolves around his Top Five List.

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