Orange County Theatre Reviews

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Greater Tuna @ STAGEStheatre in Fullerton – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson

To say Greater Tuna is hilarious is, while accurate, somewhat missing the point.  It is true there are tons of laughs in this play, and it’s true that every single joke lands, but Greater Tuna is much more subtle than most other good comedies.  It honestly has heart.  The heart itself is composed of humor, which starts out cliche enough but quickly transforms into an entire town’s worth of people imploring the universe for assistance.  For an added bonus, the actors performing at Stages’s Theater in Fullerton are phenomenal. Continue Reading

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Can Good People Ever Get Ahead? : GOOD PEOPLE @ Chance Theatre in Anaheim – Review

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Written by Scotty Keister 

Much is made in David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People of the notion of equality of opportunity; that is, anyone who works hard enough can get ahead in America. Then the rest of the play goes on to flatly disprove it. The average Joe requires not only hard work, but opportunity, brains, connections and even a little luck to get anywhere, especially if one hails from the Southie neighborhood of Boston. Continue Reading

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Shrew! @ South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa – Review

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Written by Daniella Litvak 

Time to brush up on your Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew is one of Shakespeare’s most popular —actually his second most popular according to a survey the Royal Shakespeare Company conducted in 2003. The story goes like this. In sixteenth century Italy, Padua to be exact, there lives a rich gentleman named Baptista. He has two daughters. Several suitors clamor for the hand of Bianca, the younger daughter. Unfortunately, Baptista refuses to permit any of the suitors marry Bianca until his elder daughter, Katherine (whose name varies from production to production), is wed first. Katherine is deemed a shrew —aka an abusive woman who does not know her place. Bianca’s suitors convince Petruchio —a gentleman of Verona —to woo Katherine. Attracted to her dowry and the idea of breaking her, Petruchio goes after Katherine’s hand while the rest of them continue to scheme for Bianca’s.  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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Crimes of the Heart @ STAGEStheatre in Fullerton – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis

Crimes of the Heart, now playing at STAGEStheatre, is a family drama set in Mississippi about three sisters getting through their daily lives the best they can after a criminal act one of them commits brings the sisters back together.  While the presentation of the set and even a few of the performances stand out, the direction for this production misses the right tone for certain characters and does not quite capitalize on opportunities for dark comedy, making the production less impactful and slightly confusing. Continue Reading

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