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EQUalITY @ Chapman University – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis

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During this pandemic, the theater has been hit as hard as any industry during this horrific time. But theater and the people that make it are also resilient, and it’s a medium built on creativity and making the impossible possible. At least, I like to think so.  Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and the horrendous killing of George Floyd, Chapman students filmed and wrote an almost 2-hour production of shorts named EQUalITY.  The film covers racial inequality topics, specifically highlighting the black community’s struggles with racism and other historical injustices. The play also covers the struggles of other marginalized groups using different mediums — spoken word, skits, and interviews  — that cover the topics of equality and racial justice.  Continue Reading

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A Very, Very Chance Holiday Cabaret @ Chance Theater in Anaheim – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis

A Very, Very Chance Holiday Cabaret is a streamed show full of Holiday Musical performances. The musical performances are split up by the comedic styling of well-known Chance Performers Alex Bueno (Loch Ness) and Matt Takashi (A Charlie Brown Christmas). While some of the songs are quite moving, the choice of mostly slow songs and ballads drags the show quite a bit. If you’re patient enough and can see through the 90’s style video production quality, the show can be quite charming and a throwback in a way. Continue Reading

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Fun Home @ Chance Theater – Review

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Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Fun Home is currently playing at the Chance Theater in Anaheim.  This musical is not without critical acclaim, taking home five Tony Awards (including Best Musical and Best Original Score) when it was on Broadway in 2015.  Contrary to the title, Fun Home is not actually very “fun.”   When I think of fun, I think of lighthearted, easy-going excitement, and this ironically named show is certainly not something I would consider fun.  It is, however, a tear-jerking and spellbinding look into one woman’s innermost thoughts and memories.

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Lost in Yonkers @ The Costa Mesa Playhouse – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

It’s been two years since Neil Simon, one of the most well-known playwrights of his generation, passed away. He had a very successful career in writing more than 30 different plays, which were often adapted into feature films.  Simon’s plays were famous for being comedic but also dramatic.  Even before I started a deep dive into theatre, the name Neil Simon was a well-known, like Einstein or Mother Teresa.  Lost in Yonkers won the Pulitzer prize in 1991, and in a career that resulted in the creation of so many plays, it’s often known as one of the highlights of his career.  The Costa Mesa Playhouse has now put on a production of this famous play. Under the precise direction of Wendy Ruth, the charm, the comedy and dangerous side of families are well performed, almost the entire way through.

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Fireflies @ South Coast Repertory – Review

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Written by Daniella Litvak 

Racism, sexism, homosexuality, adultery, reproductive rights — many dramatists could compose a play lasting for hours around just one of those subjects. Fireflies tackles all of those topics and more in only 90 minutes. It’s an intense theatrical experience. Continue Reading

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A Charlie Brown Christmas @ Chance Theater in Anaheim Hills – Review

All photos by Doug Catiller, True Image Studio

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

A Charlie Brown Christmas is now playing over at the Chance Theater in Anaheim. Even though I’m not a big Peanuts fan, halfway through this 45-minute show, I found myself a little charmed and even somewhat invested in the story.  Add in the smiling faces of the children in the audience and I consider this a worthy holiday treat for young ones and avid fans of the franchise.

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