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CABARET @ Stage Door Repertory Theatre in Anaheim – Review

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Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Cabaret is a musical about German people having orgies in clubs, or at least that is what I would have told you before Saturday night.  I had heard of Cabaret, even listened to some of the music, but it’s somewhat striking how off-base I was about the actual premise of the show.   It’s a drama about — wait.  No.  If you haven’t seen or heard in great detail about Cabaret just wait, pause for a moment, and think.  The musical takes place during the early 1930’s Germany, so I want you to close your eyes for a moment and guess what it’s about.  Ready?  What is it about?  It’s about the Nazi’s rise to power because obviously, what else could it be?  Seriously, the performance began and I thought, “How interesting, a raunchy night club running during 1930s. ”  By the end of the show, I was thinking, “Dear God, has anything good happened in Germany ever?” All snark aside, this was a musical with some interesting material, the quality of which rose quite a few notches once we made it to Act 2. Continue Reading

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Blood Brothers @ Stage Door Repertory Theatre in Anaheim Hills – Review

Written by Daniella Litvak

If you are familiar with London’s West End theatre scene you may have heard of Blood Brothers. It holds the distinction of having the third longest show run —among musicals —on the West End —behind only Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera.  Unfortunately Blood Brothers did not achieve the same popularity here in the states as it did in England, and productions of it are rare. Fortunately, the denizens of Orange County are currently in luck because Blood Brothers is playing right now in our very own backyard. Continue Reading

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Old-Timey Roman Flair : A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum @ Stage Door Repertory in Anaheim – Review

photo courtesy : Stage Door Repertory 

Written by Scotty Keister 

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum opened on Broadway in 1962, and it’s pretty much been running on one stage or another ever since. Notably, it was Stephen Sondheim’s first show as both composer and lyricist. It’s a broad, vaudevillian type farce, written by Lerry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove, and its humor relies largely on mugging and pratfalls from the cast. That being said, Stage Door Repertory’s production, directed by Glenn Freeze, is largely a success because it is sublimely true to the show’s old-timey comedy roots. Continue Reading

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