Orange County Theatre Reviews

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The Understudy @ The Modjeska Playhouse in Lake Forest – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

Plays are a great medium for focusing on one subject. You’ve got a stage, actors, a few props and –potentially–maybe only a few scene changes. For the most part plays are very good at stripping away the excess of the exterior and uncovering the inter-workings of the people and ideas right in front of you.  Theresa Rebeck’s play The Understudy (running now at The Modjeska Playhouse) is one of those plays. However it tries to walk a tight rope between comedy and drama, with jokes that fail to bring laughs and dramatic moments which lack weight.     Continue Reading

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Durang Strikes Again: Beyond Therapy @ The Modjeska Playhouse in Lake Forest – Review

Written by Scotty Keister 

It’s Christopher Durang season in OC, and that just makes me happy. After a hilarious run of his most recent work, “Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike” recently at Stages Theater in Fullerton, February finds “Beyond Therapy,” at the Modjeska Playhouse in Lake Forest. Though not probing as deeply into human fallibility, “Beyond Therapy” shares the same Durang penchant for silliness and terrifically funny wordplay. Continue Reading

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True West @ The Modjeska Playhouse in Lake Forest – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

The set comes straight out of a pristine 1980’s catalog.  Its picture-perfect kitchen is immaculate,  right down to the old stove. As a  nostalgic symbol the kitchen appears to stand in for a sign of an America long since past.  Just looking at it is like looking at a piece of history through rose-colored glasses.   But as the story unfolds the kitchen, like the characters, transforms with the struggles and issues each individual has to deal with. In staying true to playwright Sam Shepard, Modjeska Playhouse’s version of True West pulls no punches in a heart wrenching display of emotions. Continue Reading

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Before the Wind Left : Moonlight & Magnolias @ Modjeska Playhouse – Review

Written by Daniella Litvak

Gone With the Wind is an epic movie. The story of southern belle Scarlet O’Hara’s complicated relationships during the Civil War and Reconstruction Era won ten Academy Awards and is still widely considered one of the greatest movies of all time. However, as Moonlight & Magnolias demonstrates, the drama behind the scenes was as suspenseful as anything the film depicts. Continue Reading

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Love Letters : An Interview with Director Sharyn Case @ Modjeska Playhouse – Video

shot & edited by Patrick Chavis 

Love Letters, the classic two-person play by A.R. Gurney (The Cocktail Hour, The Dining Room) is a unique and imaginative theatre piece, comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. As the actors read the letters aloud, what is created is an evocative, touching, frequently funny but always telling pair of character studies in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down. Taken from website

Jan 22 – Feb 13 2016

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