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Interview with Annie Loui Director and Adaptor of Longitude @ UCI Irvine – Podcast


A devised physical theatre production exploring invention, engineering & obsession in the 18th century.

LONGITUDE is a devised theater performance about 18th century inventor/clockmaker John Harrison, and his entry into the most important race of the century; to discover a means of measuring longitude.

March 16 – 18, 2017

Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL)

Performances:
Evenings: March 16, 17, 18 @ 8 p.m.  2017
Matinees: March 18 @ 2 p.m.

FREE

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AMB Theatre Podcast #54 presented by OCR : Evita @ Irvine Barclay Theatre in Irvine

May 27 & 28, 2016

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Synopsis: One of the most popular musicals of the modern era, Evita is the story of Argentina’s controversial First Lady, Eva Perón. The play opens with her awe-inspiring funeral — attended by seven million devoted followers — and takes the audience back through the previous ten years, explaining how a B-movie actress became the object of such passionate and zealous devotion. Taken from www.bandsintown.com/

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Black & White Gothic Tale : Clybourne Park @ University of California, Irvine – Review

Daniella Litvak 

Clybourne Park is a title that would not be out of place on a bookshelf of Gothic novels.  The play itself has a lot of Gothic elements and the setting is gloomy.  There is a fallen hero in the story and the characters are dealing with doubt, tragedy, and transition.  All of these features add atmosphere and tension to this satire about race and real estate. 

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Nicole Cowans and Amandla Bearden star in “Clybourne Park” Photos by Paul R. Kennedy

The play begins in the year 1959.  Bev and Russ are selling their home in Clybourne Park –a suburban neighborhood in Chicago.  However, the community is appalled to learn the buyers are African-American.  Flash forward to 2009 where Clybourne Park has become a predominately African-American neighborhood, and a white couple are moving in. Continue Reading

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Our Life : The Black Youths Stories Project – An Interview with Ross Jackson & Megan Gainey @ University of California, Irvine


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Written by Patrick Chavis 

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing the creators of UCI’s new original play “[Our Life] The Black Youth Stories Project”.  Writers Ross Jackson and Megan Gainey spoke freely about their journey making this extensive project. 

So how did you get together to create this project?

Megan: Well we got together because we are together. (Megan and Ross laugh together). I was just sort of the person he was venting to about his ideas, and I was like oh cool other ideas.

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Promised Land @ Musical Theatre Village in Irvine – Review

Written by Daniella Litvak

Promised Land is a good-natured children’s theater production retelling of Exodus. The child actors are having fun. The adult actors are having a blast hamming it up. It was truly sweet, seeing

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Photo Courtesy : Michelle Teeter -Musical Theatre Village Irvine

how right after the curtain call, the actors leaped straight from the stage into the arms of their adoring family and friends.

Criticizing the show feels like I’m kicking a puppy. I could say it’s fine enough for a children’s theater production and leave it at that. However, taking such a dismissive attitude would be an insult to all children’s work that transcends age barrier and to the child actors in the show who deserve better material.

Sound wise the show gets off to a rocky start. The opening number’s vocals are a bit muddled. During the first act there are quite a few times where the music overpowers the singing. The musical numbers are cute and fun, but they’re not really memorable. Also the sound effect for baby Moses is really annoying.

As for the story itself… The Book of Exodus is always a great source of storytelling material. However, the show tries to do the Shrek thing and cram in a bunch of anachronistic jokes. The problem is that most of these jokes lack any sort of bite to really generate the laughs. Especially during the first act, the plot meanders all over the place. Some of the detours are a bit odd –like the scene where teenage Moses is dating two girls at once. These weird detours really make the more dramatic parts of the story feel brushed over.

I think the second act is better than the first. The story is tighter and adds meta jokes, which I have to admit I’m a sucker for.  Aaron dressed in prison stripes while playing a pink, Hello Kitty electric guitar during “Leaving Sand City” (a parody medley of classic rock songs) cracked me up.

The actor playing the lamb and then the cow deserves a shout out for fully committing to the roles and providing some nice physical comedy.

Overall, it’s cute and has some nice moments, but I can’t really recommend it.

4/10

Feb 20th – March 15 

Musical Theatre Village in Irvine 

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