Orange County Theatre Reviews

King Kong @ The Maverick Theatre in Fullerton – Review

Written by Alina Mae wilson 

I’ve not seen the old movies, the new movies, nary a graphic novel nor a review about the famed beast have I laid eyes upon–until now.  Ladies and gentlemen, I have been to the Maverick Theater in Fullerton, where I have feasted my eyes on The Eighth Wonder of the World King Kong! And I am so glad I did, it was actually a lot of fun. Continue Reading

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STAGEStheatre Presents:  Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile in Fullerton – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

Murder, murder, and more murder — who knows the subject better than the queen of the murder mystery herself, Agatha Christie.  In her lifetime Christie wrote over 50 different novels, mostly focusing on a genre she mastered, the murder mystery.  Christie’s stories are all different and unique, but one thing they have in common is a mysterious death and a group of people that all seem to look guilty.  This trope is consistent in Stages Theatre presents Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile. While the climax and twist ending in this production give a much-needed boost of energy to the show, the buildup in the first act lacks a kick and feels almost irrelevant after watching the whole story play through. Continue Reading

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Crimes of the Heart @ STAGEStheatre in Fullerton – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis

Crimes of the Heart, now playing at STAGEStheatre, is a family drama set in Mississippi about three sisters getting through their daily lives the best they can after a criminal act one of them commits brings the sisters back together.  While the presentation of the set and even a few of the performances stand out, the direction for this production misses the right tone for certain characters and does not quite capitalize on opportunities for dark comedy, making the production less impactful and slightly confusing. Continue Reading

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Secret in the Wings @ Fullerton Union High School – Review

(photo courtesy :  Melanie Pinzon) 

Written by Daniella Litvak 

Of all the plays I have had the privilege of reviewing this year, Secret in the Wings is by far the most unconventional.  This quality is a double edged sword.  On the one hand we are being treated to stunning visuals and some hysterical moments of black comedy.  On the other it leads to muddled and repetitive storytelling.  It is an interesting, unnerving theatrical experience. Continue Reading

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The Woman in Black @ STAGEStheatre in Fullerton – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis

October is the time of the year for themed plays –particularly horror themed. Sadly, the horror genre is not all that popular in the modern theatre scene –at least with standard plays. However, I’m noticing some real horror innovations in Immersive Theatre these days. Usually when people want to put on a horror play, we are taken back to the classics. One of these classics is The Woman in Black. It’s so popular the play opened in 1989 and has consistently run for 28 years, which makes it one of the longest running West End (London Theatre) shows ever. This two-hander play is a slow burning thriller with an old-school approach to horror (they take a long time to do anything). While the cast and overall stage work in this production is well executed in many areas, the long, (unfortunately) necessary, expository monologues in this play does drain some of the plot’s forward momentum and demands its audience to be very patient theatre goers. Still it’s a classic for a reason and a good study on some of the basics of the genre. Continue Reading

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