Orange County Theatre Reviews

DCMS Productions, Laguna Niguel, Uncategorized Comments Off on DCMS Productions presents: Next to Normal @ The Ovation Theatre in Laguna Niguel – Review |

DCMS Productions presents: Next to Normal @ The Ovation Theatre in Laguna Niguel – Review

(photos by Jason Jones)

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Considering how common mental illness is and how many problems are attributed to it, I find it interesting how rarely this subject is dealt with in theater, interesting but not wholly surprising.  You see while mental illnesses, symptoms, and treatments are documented (in varying degrees of  accuracy and rationality) throughout the world’s history, it is neither beautiful nor glamorous.  And since I would imagine a great many individuals would rather watch things that are a bit more enjoyable, musical theater has not really presented mental illness as something to partake in on  a Friday night –until now.  Next to Normal is a Tony award winning rock musical that deals with all aspects of mental illness, and it does it while having actors belt out some fantastic tunes.  Next to Normal is currently being performed at Ovations Performing Arts Center by DCMS Productions, and the stirring plot combined with the gorgeous voices makes this show worth every cent of the admission fee. Continue Reading

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DCMS productions presents Urinetown @ The Gem Theatre in Garden Grove – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

It’s time to welcome a new theater company to the Orange County area.  DCMS (Don’t Cut My Song) Productions has come to town, and they’ve set up shop for their first show over at the Gem Theatre in Garden Grove.   Considering the fact that just last week I was writing about a company leaving Orange County, it’s comforting to see some new groups sidling in to keep our community’s theater culture up and running.  New companies bring new experiences, as DCMS’s production of Urinetown at the Gem Theater demonstrates.  It’s an eye catching show with beautiful costumes and appealing set pieces bountifully sliding across the floor, but some of the main characters needed a bit more polish and energy before going onto the stage. Continue Reading

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