Orange County Theatre Reviews

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Behind the Orange Curtain #4 – FOR THE KIDS: FREE Theatre Education Opportunities in Orange County!

Written by Patrick Chavis 

Theatrical education is incredibly important.  Not merely for those who want to become performers, directors, or any other part of the industry–no, it’s been found that learning about the theatre is beneficial in everyday life (Studies) (Studies). After researching the county, I was able to find three different programs facilitated by South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa and The Chance Theatre in Anaheim that are working to get kids into theatre–and what’s even more impressive, the programs offered are free to students.  Continue Reading

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The Roommate @ South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa – Review

(Photo by Ben Horak/SCR)

Written by Daniella Litvak 

Near the start of The Roommate, the character of Robyn (Tessa Auberjonois) succinctly sums up the play’s main theme:

“There’s a great liberty in being bad.”

The characters are not the only ones who see the appeal of this sentiment. Playwright Jen Silverman seems to relish subverting expectations, and the result is a compelling, thoughtful play with some good laughs. Continue Reading

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Office Hour at SCR, Frightening and Enlightening – Review

Written by Scotty Keister 

Paranoid fantasy meets uncomfortable reality; welcome to Office Hour, Julia Cho’s searingly smart and tense play at South Coast Rep’s Julianne Argyros Stage. Exploring the world of school shooters, outcasts, fringe-dwellers, rejects, ethnic alienation, the dispossessed and the unwanted, Office Hour focuses a keen and probing eye on one office encounter between a college teacher and her disturbed – and disturbing – student, who are both Asian Americans. Directed by Neel Keller, the play’s gradual building of tension never lets up, frequently exploding with sudden gunfire and violence. Noise aside, the heart of the story is an exploration of how easy it is to misjudge and categorize those we don’t understand and thus fear. Continue Reading

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Podcast with Playwright Julia Cho the writer of Office Hour now playing at South Coast Rep in Costa Mesa

April 10-30, 2016

He sits in the back of the classroom, wearing dark glasses, a baseball cap pulled down low…never speaking. His creative writing assignments are violent, twisted—and artless. He scares the other students. He scares the teachers. The kid is trouble. Or is he just mixed up, using his writing to vent, provoke, maybe even protect himself? Gina is the only teacher willing to get close. But at what risk? Taken from the websitebuy

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Theatrical Cosplay : Future Thinking @ South Coast Repertory – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Do you like plays set in the present day? Do you like large comic conventions?  Are you in the mood to see a show that gets massive points for originality?  Then run, don’t walk, to South Coast Repertory’s World Premiere showing of Eliza Clark’s Future Thinking. This show is a garden of comedy with seeds of tension and drama strewn about somewhat haphazardly.  I believe these seeds are meant to grow into trees of thought. Mission accomplished, this play makes us think.  Although the characters are funny and the story is an original one, the thought-provoking “moral” can be construed as either unnecessary or unnecessarily prevalent.  Even with this consideration in mind, there’s no denying that Future Thinking is a treat to watch. Continue Reading

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