Orange County Theatre Reviews

Hairspray is Dated : Hairspray @ Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach – Review

(photos by Ed Krieger)

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Good news everyone, obesity cures racism.  We’ve done it.  All this time we thought racism was a result of historical and societal pressures placed on individuals and cultures in masse to keep the power hierarchy in check, but it turns out it was just one or two bad people the whole time.  All you need is one fat hero to step in and save the day, and everything else will just fall in place.  As if you needed to be told, I am talking about the musical Hairspray, currently playing in all its creamy and gelatinous glory over at the Laguna Playhouse. Continue Reading

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Who is Roger Miller? : King of the Road The Roger Miller Story @ The Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach – Review

(Photo by Ed Krieger)

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

I recently went over to the Laguna Playhouse and saw King of the Road, the Roger Miller Story.  Last week if someone asked me to tell them about Roger Miller, I might have responded he has a familiar name, and that would have been it.  Since then I have been educated and can inform you that Roger Miller was a famous songwriter, musician, and actor.  Although I can now spout a few soundbites about the man, I have not been transformed into a passionate fan nor have I been passionately enlightened.  King of the Road  tries to tell us Roger Miller’s story but its more successful at bombarding us with trivia instead of telling us (what should be) a rich and fulfilling story.  Consider me educated –not moved. Continue Reading

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Sex and Education @ The Laguna Playhouse – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

(photo credit – Ed Krieger)

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that if you were ever what could be considered an even mildly typical student, you probably thought at least once, “This subject is so useless! When will I ever USE this?” and then proceeded to suffer through the remainder of your lesson in silent or quite audible misery.  Beyond that stage, many people pour their efforts into making themselves relevant.  If people didn’t want to feel important I don’t think Facebook or Instagram would be the successes they are.  But I digress: Sex and Education is playing over at the Laguna Playhouse.  It’s a ninety minute, one-act play featuring three actors who present to us the English language in abundance and absolute hilarity. Continue Reading

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AMB Theatre Podcast #48 presented by OCR : Louis and Keely: LIVE AT THE SAHARA @ Laguna Playhouse

Louis Prima and Keely Smith were an American musical sensation in the 50s and 60s, pioneering the Lounge Act in Las Vegas. Featuring many of the duo’s greatest hits including “That Ol’ Black Magic,” “Hey Boy Hey Girl,” “What is This Thing Called Love,” even Frank Sinatra appears in this new American musical play, featuring a hot seven-piece live band that is guaranteed to bring down the house.  Taken from the website

February 24 – March 27, 2016

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ACT 3 @ The Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson

Rita Rudner and Charles Shaughnessy are starring in the two person comedy Act 3 over at the Laguna Playhouse.  Although already somewhat familiar with the pair of them, I was neither adoring nor critical enough to enter the theater with any real expectations. Had I given it any real thought, I might have suspected a story about two lovers hating and loving one another simultaneously might be too slow for my taste.  As it turns out, I would have been correct. Act 3 starts out with an interesting idea, but it is forced to wind down prematurely when the lead actress’s motives become vague, and the potentially witty jokes are performed without punch. Continue Reading

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