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Kill Me, Deadly! @ STAGEStheatre in Fullerton – Review

Written by Scotty Keister 

The fictional world of the hard-boiled private eye, known in cinema as film noir, has been endlessly lampooned; its arch dialogue, cynical perspectives, femme fatales, low life criminals and world-weary detectives are wide open for ribbing. Now, Bill Robens’ “Kill Me, Deadly!” – originally produced in 2009 by Theatre of NOTE in Los Angeles – has found its way to STAGEStheatre in Fullerton. Relying on genre archetypes, well-worn hard-boiled dialogue and an impossibly complicated plot (Raymond Chandler was once asked by the producer of the filmed version of his novel “The Big Sleep,” who killed the chauffeur? to which he responded with a shrug – he had no idea), “Kill Me, Deadly!” is an often sharply written and frequently hilarious parody that is not without its faults. Continue Reading

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Green Day’s American Idiot @ Fullerton Community College in Fullerton – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

Green Day’s American Idiot was created by Billie Joe Armstrong from the pop punk group Green Day and was based off the band’s albums American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown.  Since Armstrong is not known for being part of the musical theatre scene, it was a surprise to find out in 2010 that he was releasing a musical on Broadway.  What wasn’t surprising was the tone and message coming out of the musical.  It was textbook Green Day –punk rock with polish.  American Idiot (the album) was released during the time of the George W. Bush administration, so some of the play’s politics are anchored to that time frame. Still Director Tim Espinosa made sure to keep this version more current and committed to the musical’s rebellious spirit: taking jabs at Trump, Islamophobia, xenophobia and much more. The theatrics and music in the show are quite overwhelming, but the stage is a treat to behold. The story on the other hand feels rather weak and –when compared with the other outside theatrics –make the show feel imbalanced at times. Continue Reading

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Beware the Plants : Little Shop of Horrors @ The Maverick Theatre in Fullerton – Review

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AMB Theatre Podcast #51 presented by OCR : The Full Monty @ 3D Theatricals in Fullerton – Podcast

Adapted from the Academy Award®-winning movie, this charming and hilarious musical follows the journey of two unemployed steelworkers desperate to make a living. When the search for work becomes hopeless, they scheme to put together a male striptease act and recruit other displaced workers to join them. The heart of this musical is the story of self-empowerment, overcoming odds, and the unbreakable bond formed within this seemingly diverse group of men who find that they have more in common than they first thought. Taken from the website 
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The Full Monty @ 3D Theatricals in Fullerton – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

Warning: this article will contain discussion of graphic material. The image of oiled up, rippling, manly muscles grinding, thrusting, working extremely hard to please hard-working women, and doing whatever it takes to get the job done is an image more commonly seen near Hollywood Blvd and all over the Vegas strip. There are plenty of strip clubs for men in the O.C., but you can count the strip clubs catering to women audiences in the OC on your hand, so viewing the aforementioned description on Chapman near Downtown Fullerton is sort of shock.  Admittedly it’s the only shock that comes from this production.  TJ Dawson directs 3D Theatricals’ Full Monty –taking a brave chance on material about the perils of unemployment and the damage that ensues when society forces men to live up to unrealistic ideals of beauty.  The show’s mood is funny at parts and deadly serious at others, but in the process of going for both you feel left out of these men’s lives. Unemployment is not that funny, and stripping is not that racy anymore, so when I broke it down, by the end of the show, I just felt disconnected. Continue Reading

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