Orange County Theatre Reviews

Costa Mesa, Musical, Review, South Coast Repertory, Uncategorized Comments Off on Once Upon the Stage… Once @ South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa – Review |

Once Upon the Stage… Once @ South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa – Review

(photos by Jordan Kubat) 

Written by Scotty Keister 

Once, the movie and the stage musical now running on the South Coast Repertory Segerstrom Stage, is a romance that defies clichés. There is no last minute run to the airport, no sudden eye-opening change of heart, nor is there a throw everything away and surrender to the passion of the moment. There are two people who fall in love, make each others’ lives better, and then move on as friends. It is a romance that celebrates compassion over passion. It celebrates a love of music over a love of self. The title itself is an abbreviated take on the fairy tale line “Once upon a time…” As such, this musical is one of a kind and an exquisite treat. Continue Reading

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Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts, Review, Theater, Uncategorized Comments Off on Don’t Dress For Dinner @ Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts – Review |

Don’t Dress For Dinner @ Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Huntington Beach High School just kickstarted their year with the hilarious, two act farce Don’t Dress For Dinner.  The fact they attempted a work with such expansive dialogue is to their credit, and the fact that every wink and nod enabled the jokes to land without a hitch makes them worthy of acclaim.  To put it plainly, the cast from HBHS is terrific.   Continue Reading

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Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa Playhouse, Review, Theater Comments Off on Real Women Have Curves @ Costa Mesa Playhouse – Review |

Attic Theatre, Musical, Review, Santa Ana, Uncategorized Comments Off on Catch Me If You Can, or Can’t: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN The Musical @ The Attic Theatre in Santa Ana – Review |

Catch Me If You Can, or Can’t: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN The Musical @ The Attic Theatre in Santa Ana – Review

Written by Scotty Keister 

Frank Abagnale, Jr. is a fascinating character from 1960s American crime lore. Before reaching the  age of 21 he forged checks and bilked million of dollars from banks. He posed as a Pan Am pilot, a surgeon in a Georgia hospital and even an attorney—to name but a few of his alleged professions. Eventually he was caught, and after serving a minimum sentence, he became a fraud consultant for the FBI. Steven Spielberg made a lighthearted and fun movie of his life, Catch Me If You Can, which focused on the taut relationship between Abagnale and Carl Hanratty, the FBI agent who pursued and eventually arrested him. Sound like the perfect recipe for a Broadway musical? It’s not. The production currently running at the Attic Community Theater ably demonstrates its shortcomings. Continue Reading

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Broadway in the Park, Musical, Review, Theater, Uncategorized Comments Off on Broadway In The Park Presents: Annie @ Peppertree Park in Tustin – Review |

Broadway In The Park Presents: Annie @ Peppertree Park in Tustin – Review

(Photo Courtesy: Sharyn Sakimoto)

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Ladies and gentlemen, she’s back.  The girl with the curly red hair, the sandy-colored dog, the steadfast optimism and the voice of gold–Annie.  Annie has returned to us, this time for one week over at Peppertree Park in Tustin.  Her mission, to spread courage and good cheer while entertaining families in an outdoor setting late at night.  Does she succeed? In spite of sound issues and rushed pacing, I would say its close enough. Continue Reading

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Lake Forest, Modjeska Playhouse, Review, Theater, Uncategorized Comments Off on The Understudy @ The Modjeska Playhouse in Lake Forest – Review |

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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