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World Premiere : Comedy of ERROR @ American Coast Theater Company in Costa Mesa – Preview


Charles is a struggling web-developer who runs his own online dating website. He’d like nothing more than to quit his day job, focus on the website full time, and ask his girlfriend of four years to marry him, but there’s only one problem: the website is a failing business. When Charles’ best (and one of his last) clients threatens to cancel his subscription to the site due to a lack of results, Charles enlists the help of his best friend to make a last-ditch effort to keep his client and save his company through hilariously deceptive means. This charming romantic comedy entertainingly explores the nature of modern love in the digital age. (taken directly from the press release)

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Lyceum Theatre 
Vanguard University 55 Fair DriveCosta Mesa, CA 92626

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Our Life : The Black Youths Stories Project – An Interview with Ross Jackson & Megan Gainey @ University of California, Irvine


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Written by Patrick Chavis 

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing the creators of UCI’s new original play “[Our Life] The Black Youth Stories Project”.  Writers Ross Jackson and Megan Gainey spoke freely about their journey making this extensive project. 

So how did you get together to create this project?

Megan: Well we got together because we are together. (Megan and Ross laugh together). I was just sort of the person he was venting to about his ideas, and I was like oh cool other ideas.

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Playwright Nicolas Juarez goes back to High School – Whisper All The Time @ Estancia High School in Costa Mesa

Written by Patrick Chavis 

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I met play-write Nick Juarez last weekend inside a mobile home record store in the middle of the hyper-hipster paradise known as “The LAB” nestled in Costa Mesa, California. I’d never met Nick before but he was the only person in the trailer, so I took a guess and he greeted me nicely. We walked from the record store to a table near the middle of the Anti-mall. I started the interview by trying to get more information about the guy.  Who is Nick? What inspires him to write? But he just didn’t seem interested in himself.  Instead he focused on the kids in his new play Whisper all the Time and Estancia High School, the place that made him who he is today. Continue Reading

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William Shakespeare’s : The Tempest at South Coast Repertory – Preview

Liz Filios, Joel Davel, Matt Spencer and Miche Braden in South C

Liz Filios, Joel Davel, Matt Spencer and Miche Braden : Courtesy: South Coast Repertory

Written by: Alina Mae Wilson 
 

You can’t go wrong with Shakespeare.  I take that back, it is actually mind-blowingly easy to go wrong with Shakespeare.   It is so unpleasant to watch actors in uncomfortable costumes,  uncomfortably performing their lines, making you feel uncomfortable because you don’t know what they are saying and it’s entirely possible, neither do they. The story follows a former Duke named Prospero who uses sorcery to plot vengeance against the people who wronged him.  So far I’m excited, I always wondered what The Count of Monte Cristo (similar revenge story)  would have been like if Emond Dantes had known witchcraft.

 

I’ve  heard some good things about the special effects that will be showcased in the performance, especially from the creative team responsible for the show.  In their video detailing why this particular production of “The Tempest” stands out from the others, director Aaron Posner calls it “the hardest, the most challenging, and the most…thrilling production” he has ever been part of.  He also went on to refer to his co-director Teller(one part of the magic duo Penn & Teller) as a genius, and that this production has the type of magic Shakespeare wished he had.  Wow. I’m not skeptical, I’m impressed by the obvious passion and fervor that went into this project and I hope it shows.

 

Side note :

Singer song writer Tom Waits also collaborated musically  with Kathleen Brennan on the music.

 

Ticket Info at the website:

http://www.scr.org/calendar/view?id=6891

 

Location & Dates :  

South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

August 29, 2014 – September 28, 2014

 

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