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A Tribute to Our Friend, the Amazing Curtis Jerome

Written by Scott Keister 

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photo courtesy: Curtis Jerome Facebook

 

When it comes to theater, there wasn’t much Curtis Jerome couldn’t do. He thought of himself as a dancer, but he was also a director, choreographer, set designer, builder and painter, costumer who both designed and created costumes, actor, singer, and even a playwright. Jerome did all of these things with imagination, consummate skill and an immense passion for the craft. He directed musicals at the Maverick Theater over the past five years; large scale, complicated musicals like Chicago, Rent, The Producers, Spamalot, Legally Blonde, and Les Miserables. He was a shrewd judge of talent, casting people in roles they weren’t necessarily comfortable with until he drew out of them talents they didn’t know they possessed. He made better everyone he worked with. It’s a sad, tragic loss for the local OC theater community that Curtis was killed this week in a car accident. It’s a loss that has touched an incredible number of lives.  The outpouring of love and respect for Curtis on Facebook has been overwhelming. What better tribute to Curtis than the words of those he worked with in the theater community. Here are some comments posted about Curtis: his talents, his humor, his compassion, his intelligence, and how he made us all better performers.

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Les Miserables @ The Maverick Theatre in Fullerton – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Les Miserables.  Just writing the words I feel myself begin to shudder in awe and expectation.  As a story telling device the play itself is admittedly rushed (have you read the book it’s adapted from?  Its a wonder they made it fit in the space it does) but the music is historically beautiful.  The latest attempt to master this gargantuan peice has been made by the Maverick Theater, and the result is what I would call a choral success.

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A Nose Above The Rest : Cyrano De Bergerac @ The Maverick Theatre in Fullerton – Review

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Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

An old French story about a skilled fighter with a big nose does not really scream EXCITEMENT–and yet the Maverick Theater takes this recycled material and makes it work.  Cyrano de Bergerac may have a comedic covering, but inside the story has an unexpectedly tender heart. Continue Reading

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A Few Good Men & Plenty Of Good Actors : A Few Good Men @ The Maverick Theatre in Fullerton – Review

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Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

A Few Good Men is a film so famous it can be described as iconic.  An underdog team of lawyers go against the big boys in a stressful search for what is right, what is wrong, and what is ultimately the truth (insert famous quote here). But before it was a movie with A-list actors hamming it up to honey-baked levels, then-bartender Aaron Sorkin scribbled onto cocktail napkins what would become the play A Few Good Men.  It quickly made its way up through the theatre ranks to the Broadway stage, proving itself invaluable to all parties concerned.  The history of this play alone makes tackling the script an ambitious endeavor in and of itself.   In the case of the Maverick Theater, that ambition was rewarded with a well acted and well staged performance. Continue Reading

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