Orange County Theatre Reviews

The Producers @ The Gem Theatre in Garden Grove – Review

Written by Daniella Litvak 

I am a fan of Mel Brooks’s works in general and of The Producers specifically.  Before seeing The Producers at The Gem Theater I had already seen both the 1968 and 2005 film versions, listened repeatedly to the Original Broadway Cast recording, and seen the musical performed live.  I know the story.  More importantly, I like the story. Continue Reading

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Bullets Over Broadway @ The Gem Theatre in Garden Grove – Review

Written by Daniella Litvak 

The term jukebox musical is used to describe a musical that features popular songs from the past. Shows like Mama Mia and Rock of Ages are popular examples. Bullets Over Broadway belongs to the jukebox musical category too. Reaching a little further back into musical history than the aforementioned examples, the show features songs from the 1910s to the 1930s. These are not exactly the songs you would envision yourself head banging to, but the musical numbers are most definitely energetic and vibrant. Continue Reading

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Shakespeare OC presents: The Tempest @ Strawberry Bowl in Garden Grove – Review

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Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

In order for a story about magic to have an impact on its audience, we obviously need Hollywood level special effects and an eight million dollar budget involved, right?  False.  I know this because I just saw Shakespeare/Summerfest’s production of The Tempest, and while I will not presume to make statements about their budget, I can say that while I initially considered magic and special effects necessary to make this story enjoyable, I have now been otherwise educated through this more spiritual take on the material. Continue Reading

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Totally 80’s – The Wedding Singer : The Musical @ The GEM Theater in Garden Grove – Review

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Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

I’ve given it some real consideration, and I think everyone should try to see a comedy semi-regularly –something fun and lighthearted.  If it’s a musical then go ahead and consider that a bonus.  The world is overflowing with dark and edgy stories about tragedy and pain, so for gosh sake LIGHTEN UP! One way to do that would be to see the Gem Theater’s current production of The Wedding Singer. Continue Reading

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AMB Theatre Podcast #50 presented by OCR : Always Patsy Cline @ The Gem Theatre in Garden Grove – Podcast

Always…Patsy Cline is based on the true story of Patsy Cline’s friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. Having first heard Cline on the “Arthur Godfrey Show” in 1957, Seger became an immediate and avid fan. A chance meeting at Patsy’s concert started a friendship that lasted until Cline’s untimely death in a plane crash in 1963. Taken from the Website

April 7 – May 1, 2016

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