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The Crucible @ Maverick Theater in Fullerton – Review

(photos by Austin M Bauman)

Written by Patrick Chavis

I’m not a stranger to the story of The Crucible, having seen theater productions and the film version before. It’s a classic for good reason. The Crucible has legs. Its story and themes are timeless. From what I’ve read, Arthur Miller, the playwright, partially wrote it in response to “McCarthyism” because many people were being blacklisted in Hollywood if they were accused of having a connection to Communism, whether it was true or not. This play is a great example of how the truth can be twisted and used for power, greed, and the destruction of people’s lives. The Maverick and a cast of veteran actors inhabit the characters and show off their long-practiced skills onstage to great effect. Continue Reading

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Electric Company Theatre Lights Up Muckenthaler Cultural Center

Written by Patrick Chavis

Taken from the press release:

“The Electric Company Theatre is now the resident theatre company of the historic Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton. The Electric Company will produce full-length plays, immersive experiences, and an intimate storytelling and concert series on the grounds and in the beautiful 1920s mansion.”

Brian (Brian Johnson C0-Artistic Director) adds: “Our passion is creating beautiful stories in unusual places. We can’t wait to share stories in unexpected locations within The Muck campus as well as bigger pieces in the amphitheatre.” The Muck is famous for its live music events, visual art installations, and community partnerships. “We are thrilled to add live theatre into that mix,” says Brian.

“The inaugural season will open with a preview event called “Light Up the Night” on August 24 with a toast, a guided tour of the Muck, and select performances from the upcoming season. The first full production, The Old Man and the Old Moon, a musical seafaring tale written by PigPen Theatre Company, will premiere on the south lawn of the mansion September 14, 15, 21, 22.”

To learn more about the Electric Company, click this link for their website.

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STAGEStheatre confirms they will be closing their doors because of the Pandemic

Taken from the STAGEStheatre Facebook page :

Friends and Family,

When STAGEStheatre was started almost thirty years ago, we had no idea how long we would be around or how many stages we would move through as an organization. Looking back, it’s been a fantastic, wild ride.

In March of 2020, it became clear to us that COVID-19 was here to stay for a while, that it was going to take a significant toll on all live entertainment, and quite possibly decimate many, if not all, small venues as we were left with no way to keep our doors open to the public. Continue Reading

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Can’t Keep These Puffs Down : Puffs @ STAGEStheatre in Fullerton – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

Harry Potter is one of the top, if not the top, best-selling fantasy books of all time.  It’s a story people of all ages know. Puffs utilizes nostalgia and the preexisting story structure of the Harry Potter series to weave a smaller and slightly less epic tale about the lives of average students attending Hogwarts School of Wizardry. Think of them as the crew members on Star Trek who were never named or, better yet, as the nameless extras seen in the Harry Potter movies.  Now there’s a play all about them.  Alchemy Theatre Company presents: Puffs at STAGESTheatre in Fullerton.  It’s a theatrical feast with an excellent cast, charming story. and non-stop comedy for two hours.  This is quality theatre at community theatre prices. More than that – it’s magical!     

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One Slight Hitch @ STAGEStheatre – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson

STAGEStheatre is putting on a play by Lewis Black called One Slight Hitch, and I saw it. What started out as a boring show about the preparation of a wedding ended as a boring show ending with an unsatisfactory wedding.  The jokes are not funny.  The characters are not likable.  In fact, they are rather loathsome and the conflict is uninteresting and nonsensical. Continue Reading

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Twist, Pull, Smoke: The Horror of Life After War @ Maverick Theatre – Review

Written by Scotty Keister 

In the film Patton, George C. Scott (as Patton) while touring an army medical tent famously smacks a GI in the head. The soldier is recovering from what was then called “shell shock” and Patton thinks he’s just malingering. In the military it was generally considered that having an emotional or nervous reaction to anything in war was simply weakness. Psychology has come a long way since then and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is now widely recognized as a serious result of combat, frequently resulting in suicide. As of 2016, suicides by veterans were averaging 6,000 per year. The VA has now made suicide prevention its highest priority. Continue Reading

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