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Shakespeare OC presents: The Tempest @ Strawberry Bowl in Garden Grove – Review

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Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

In order for a story about magic to have an impact on its audience, we obviously need Hollywood level special effects and an eight million dollar budget involved, right?  False.  I know this because I just saw Shakespeare/Summerfest’s production of The Tempest, and while I will not presume to make statements about their budget, I can say that while I initially considered magic and special effects necessary to make this story enjoyable, I have now been otherwise educated through this more spiritual take on the material. Continue Reading

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Shakespeare OC presents : Hamlet @ The Strawberry Bowl in Garden Grove – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

The visual beauty.  The talented cast.  The perfectly straightforward technique that does not simply present but improves upon the Shakespearean script though utilization of the “show-don’t-tell” method of storytelling.  It is the experience so many of us have been waiting for —Hamlet –and it’s over in Garden Grove. Continue Reading

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Shakespeare OC presents : Pirates of Penzance @ The Strawberry Bowl in Garden Grove – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

 

Garden Grove’s Strawberry Bowl Theatre was built-in 1979 and has provided a variety of programming: band shows, comedy skits, and movie nights.  Most notable however are their Shakespearean plays, which Shakespeare Orange County performs, typically with fervor and quality costumes.  Now they are breaking new ground with their first non-Shakespearean play (fine, musical), the Gilbert and Sullivan favorite Pirates of Penzance.  Based on what could be heard the acting and singing ability are definitely on full display.  To get the full picture across I will point out that I saw the preview night performance.  As such there were visible kinks to work out.  I can’t ignore the blatant issues, but if they intended to hook up the speakers before their real run then the problem may have already been fixed.   But therein lies the problem–audio.  Despite setting up chairs on the stage to form closed in quarters, the microphones do very little to pick up sound.  The soloists are all but inaudible.  In spite of this obvious  problem the delightful chorus and enthusiastic acting communicate the story effectively. Continue Reading

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Shakespeare OC presents : Walt Whitman Sings @ The Strawberry Bowl in Garden Grove – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

 
There are often fatal flaws in one-man shows.  They expect too much from the audience.  They take on way too many characters.  The acting might be great, but you’re never entirely immersed in the story because your watching the same person. Also sometimes, I swear it’s just an excuse for an actor to show off.  The popular ones will have someone well-known starring in them.  Thus, giving people a reason to shell out their hard-earned cash.  John Slade’s performance of Walt Whitman smartly combats this pretension through the use of his surroundings.  He transforms the venue right outside the strawberry bowl into something more like a revolutionary spiritual/social economic/philosophical meeting than a show. Deep themes and soulful moments keep a rather sedentary, one-man show alive long after the show is over.

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