Orange County Theatre Reviews

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LIVE Performance “MUSIC FOR MEMORIES” Supporting Alzheimer’s Research @ Costa Mesa Playhouse – Video

This performance was  put on by David Blair Vice President of the Costa Mesa Playhouse and many of the talented theatre performers in Orange County to raise money for a very important cause, Alzheimer’s research.  Click on the link below to support the Alzheimer’s Association and enjoy the performance.  – Costa Mesa Playhouse, Alzheimer’s Association,  The Orange Curtain Review

 

MONEY RAISED will go to the Alzheimer’s Association and the research and programs and services that are offered to the over 84,000 people in Orange County that are living with this disease that CANNOT be cured and CANNOT be treated!

Click on the link below to support Alzheimer’s Association:

Click Here for Donation page

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Theatre Opportunity for OC Veterans! – News

Beginning on October 2, 2015, and funded through a $9,600 grant from the California Arts Council’s pilot Veterans Initiative in the Arts, Orange County veterans will be invited to participate in a free five-week theatre workshop.  It will culminate in a free public performance at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center in Anaheim on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11.

Through this program, Arts Orange County, Chance Theater and Veterans First intend to enable veterans to use theater to talk about their experiences and to share with their families, fellow veterans, and members of the public a better understanding of the life of a veteran–its challenges as well as its points of pride. 

WORKSHOPS
October 2 – November 6, on Fridays from 12-3pm

PERFORMANCE
Wednesday, November 11 at Chance Theater

To sign up, simply send an email to veterans@chancetheater.com or dtate@veteransfirstoc.org.

 

Taken from the Chance Theatre press release

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Looking Over Santa Ana : The Long Road Today/El Largo Camino de Hoy – Review

“Santa Ana Toy Theater” A collaborative work by Adriana Sanchez Alexander, Chilo Te, Zuleica Zepeda

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 
I recently attended  The Long Road Today/El Largo Camino de Hoy in Santa Ana, which  is a story centering on the community’s response to the death of a young boy playing in the streets of Santa Ana.  With a large cast and crew running around determined to bring the audience different stories and experiences, the show is muddled and lacks decisive strength.

The play is a walk-through show meaning you’re standing the entire time.  The production takes place outside, and it begins when each audience member receives a card with the image of their “tour guide” on it.  Once the prologue concludes, everyone begins to walk through the show.  It doesn’t matter which tour guide you get or what order you see the scenes in because the characters are fairly independent of each other–they are just different people showing varied responses to the same event.  I want to give them their props, this is a pretty neat idea and it’s always cool to see something different.  Unfortunately the execution is just not there.

The sound issues are distracting.  I am all about suspension of disbelief, but it really takes away from the current performance, when I can hear the scenes going on at the other side of the courtyard. Things are spaced pretty far apart as they are.  I suppose if placed inside a building and the audience walks from room to room instead of yard to yard some sort of sound proofing could be placed into effect, but that might make it harder for the audience to travel without smashing into each other.  It might just be one of the hazards of putting on a play in this format.  Not sure what the solution to this particular problem is.

There were puppets.  Several puppets.  Personally, I could do without a few of the puppets.  But they seem to go over well with the children. I tried to keep an eye on them to see how they were enjoying things, and it seems to really be a 50/50 shot as far as how they cope.  Some kids laugh, others sort of pace around in circles during the more tedious parts of the show, despite the actors urging them to come forward and dance at surprising and infrequent intervals.  If you are worried about whether or not your little ones will be scarred for life from such gory material, don’t be.  You know your kid best of course, but the fact of the matter is that the actual death scene is done with a car made from a poster cut out. The subject matter is very dramatic and there are people crying but I didn’t notice any children getting particularly freaked out by anything going on.

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My main problem with the show is it’s so undecided.  It wants to be both light and dark, both life and death. Moments that should be filled with pain and anguish fall flat because the actor seems to be holding back (possibly because she knows that another scene is taking place fifty feet away)  and moments that should be lighthearted and entertaining are for the most part sporadic and confusing.  There was a vague outline of an overarching theme but for the most part it was pretty nondescript. Since the story is so spread out over many years the ending I felt sort of comes out of nowhere. 

As far as comprehension goes, if you do not speak Spanish/you have relatives that don’t speak English I am sure you’ll be able to understand the gist of what is going on.  It is mostly just a matter of patience.  Do you have the patience to stand through a minute or two of dialogue in a language that you aren’t fluent in?  If so you will be just fine.

All in all, if you want to educate your child on the dangers of playing in the street, take them to this show.  If you want to familiarize yourself a bit with the culture of Santa Ana, or if you want to brush up on your Spanish, or just want to watch a play in a format you might not have seen before, go to this show.  For the purpose of pure entertainment though, I wouldn’t recommend it.

Side note : Certain actors were particularly believable.  I really enjoyed the performances of Selene Peréz who plays Luz, Bryan Alejandro Perez who plays Yound Salvador, and Samuel Matthews who plays one of the Andrés boys.  Well done to all three.

7/10

Location & Dates : City of Santa Ana Civic Center Plaza September 18th,2014-September 28,201 

Admission : Free

Check out the plot synopsis and ticket information here:http://www.scr.org/calendar/view?id=7331

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The Long Road Today/El Largo Camino de Hoy – Preview

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Written by Alina Mae Wilson 
 
“With no park in his neighborhood, young Andrés plays in the street. One day, he chases a stray ball into tragedy. Two families and a community must confront the aftermath and take action to make a change.”


Already I’m feeling downbeat. I can’t help it, someone getting injured in traffic is one of the most horrific and commonplace occurrences in American culture, made significantly worse when that person is an innocent child. Because the premise is already so depressing I am going into this with fairly high expectations. If we are starting off on such a low note I really want to feel some sort of spiritual transformation, some nearly tangible display of love and happiness being at least possible after an event so catastrophic. Particularly because it is being recommended for children as young as six.

 

I am also going to be looking for a lot of well-portrayed emotion since they seem to be marketing this as a bilingual production. No complaints here since this is a chance for people in Orange County to glimpse into a society they may not always be thinking about and I am very in favor of anything that gets more Hispanic people involved in musical theatre. It will be wonderful if they can introduce people to differing perceptions and lifestyles, but not if people who aren’t fluent in Spanish struggle to understand what is going on. And of course people who are only fluent in Spanish have to understand everything as well. Here’s to them overcoming these challenges.

 

Location & Dates : City of Santa Ana Civic Center Plaza September 18th,2014-September 28,201

 

Admission : Free

 

Check out the plot synopsis and ticket information here:http://www.scr.org/calendar/view?id=7331

 

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