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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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Shakespeare OC presents : As You Like It @ The Strawberry Bowl in Garden Grove – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson

“Old stuff is so boring“. So sayeth thousands of high schoolers and a good chunk of the adult population.  Shakespeare is not for everyone for obvious reasons.   It take a special actor to make the aristocracy of the Elizabethan era relatable. But if ever there was a troop to perform a long-winded play in vivid excellence, it would be the production of Shakespeare OC’s As You Like It.  I don’t know how it could possibly be better.

We begin the play in a prosperous dukedom, ruled by the much loved Duke Senior.   His happiness is short lived however, when his brother Duke

In Shakespeare Orange County's Summerfest 2015 staging of "As You Like It," the tables are turned another 180 degrees as actor Josh Odsess-Rubin (left) plays the comic heroine who hides her sex under the guise of a man named Ganymede (right), and then is surprised when the lovestruck Orlando, played by Colin Martin shows how he would woo Rosalind when he sees her again. Photo by Jordan Kubat | Shakespeare Orange County.

In Shakespeare Orange County’s Summerfest 2015 staging of “As You Like It,” the tables are turned another 180 degrees as actor Josh Odsess-Rubin plays the comic heroine who hides her sex under the guise of a man named Ganymede (right), and then is surprised when the lovestruck Orlando, played by Colin Martin (left) shows how he would woo Rosalind when he sees her again. Photo by Jordan Kubat | Shakespeare Orange County.

Frederick usurps him from the throne and exiles him to a forest.  Duke Senior’s daughter Rosalind remains at court as the dear companion of her cousin Celia.  When the two girls grow into fair young maidens they meet a young man named Orlando who is driven from his home by the abuse of his malicious older brother Oliver.  Rosalind and Orlando fall in love and are separated to meet again later.  When Duke Frederick throws a tantrum for no reason other than that Rosalind is well-liked by the people, Rosalind finds herself banished.  She and her cousin Celia decide to flee together, with Rosalind disguised as a handsome man named Ganymede and Celia as an impoverished woman called Aliena.  They bring the court fool along with them and while disguised run into strangers, lovers, and banished family members. Continue Reading

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