Orange County Theatre Reviews

Guys and Dolls @ Laguna Niguel Community Theatre – Review

Written by Daniella Litvak

Wiseguys and musicals–they go together. If not like peanut butter and jelly, then perhaps like avocado and chocolate. The combination might appear bizarre, but as the success of Bullets Over Broadway and Kiss Me, Kate demonstrate, it works. Perhaps the most known entry in the wiseguy/musical pantheon is the show responsible for the Broadway standard “Luck Be a Lady” —Guys and Dolls. Continue Reading

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Young Frankenstein @ Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Simply because of its universal infamy, the story of Frankenstein’s monster is heralded as one of the most well-known horror stories of all time. You don’t need to read the book to get the reference.  Anyone and everyone who has gone trick-or-treating at least once is familiar with the image of the stocky green monster staggering about with his arms stretched rigidly outward.  If you HAVE acquainted yourself with the original source material, you know that the story of the gargantuan creature cast out from society is tragic as well as terrifying.  But fear not –over at the Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts, they have opted for a significantly brighter approach.  They are doing the Mel Brooks’ musical Young Frankenstein, which although quite long, is well acted, well sung, and brimming with trollish humor. Continue Reading

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Bullets Over Broadway @ The Gem Theatre in Garden Grove – Review

Written by Daniella Litvak 

The term jukebox musical is used to describe a musical that features popular songs from the past. Shows like Mama Mia and Rock of Ages are popular examples. Bullets Over Broadway belongs to the jukebox musical category too. Reaching a little further back into musical history than the aforementioned examples, the show features songs from the 1910s to the 1930s. These are not exactly the songs you would envision yourself head banging to, but the musical numbers are most definitely energetic and vibrant. Continue Reading

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Violet @ The Chance Theatre in Anaheim – Review

(All photos by Doug Catiller)

Written by Alina Mae Wilson

While I can understand the heart behind the production of Violet, the realism the playwright tries to bring into this story is so far off it would have been better if it was just imaginary.  However, this production’s talented cast keeps the audience’s attention with well-practiced action and drama.
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Chess: the musical @ Irvine Barclay Theatre in Irvine – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

We’re in a politically charged climate and UCI has elected to put on Chess the musical.  While I have heard of Chess, before tonight I had not heard any of the score, nor had I read up on the synopsis–I walked in blind.  Believe it or not I kind of thought it might be in the same vein as the “Putnam Spelling Bee” musical–I was wrong.  So very wrong.  Chess could not be more dramatic if it tried, and it really really tries.  Continue Reading

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