Orange County Theatre Reviews

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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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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Welcome to the Splatter Zone! : Evil Dead The Musical @ Maverick Theater – Review

Written by Daniella Litvak 

Adapting a single film into a stage show is a challenge.  Adapting a film series into an under two-hour, musical theater extravaganza is a Herculean labor.  If you’re going to undertake such an audacious feat then you are going to need some audacious source material.  What better fits the bill than Sam Raimi’s cult classic Evil Dead trilogy?  Now I’ll be honest, most of my knowledge of the films comes more from pop culture osmosis rather than memories of watching them.  From what I do know and what people around me in the audience told me is that Evil Dead The Musical is fairly faithful to films —more importantly it captures the elements everyone loves about the movies.       Continue Reading

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The Killer Angels, Soldiers of Gettysburg @ The Maverick Theatre in Fullerton – Review

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Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

As one might surmise from the title “The Killer Angels, Soldiers of Gettysburg”, this is a play about the Battle of Gettysburg and the soldiers that fought in it.  It’s an attempt to peer closely into the hearts and minds of men fighting on the opposite sides of the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil and effectively “humanize” them.  Whether they ever lacked the humanization this play seeks to grant them is a question worth exploring in and of itself, but I digress.  “The Killer Angels, Soldiers of Gettysburg” is pretty much a social studies lecture–habitually informative, occasionally thrilling, but often dull. Continue Reading

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