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STAGEStheatre Presents:  Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile in Fullerton – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

Murder, murder, and more murder — who knows the subject better than the queen of the murder mystery herself, Agatha Christie.  In her lifetime Christie wrote over 50 different novels, mostly focusing on a genre she mastered, the murder mystery.  Christie’s stories are all different and unique, but one thing they have in common is a mysterious death and a group of people that all seem to look guilty.  This trope is consistent in Stages Theatre presents Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile. While the climax and twist ending in this production give a much-needed boost of energy to the show, the buildup in the first act lacks a kick and feels almost irrelevant after watching the whole story play through. Continue Reading

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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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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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The Woman in Black @ STAGEStheatre in Fullerton – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis

October is the time of the year for themed plays –particularly horror themed. Sadly, the horror genre is not all that popular in the modern theatre scene –at least with standard plays. However, I’m noticing some real horror innovations in Immersive Theatre these days. Usually when people want to put on a horror play, we are taken back to the classics. One of these classics is The Woman in Black. It’s so popular the play opened in 1989 and has consistently run for 28 years, which makes it one of the longest running West End (London Theatre) shows ever. This two-hander play is a slow burning thriller with an old-school approach to horror (they take a long time to do anything). While the cast and overall stage work in this production is well executed in many areas, the long, (unfortunately) necessary, expository monologues in this play does drain some of the plot’s forward momentum and demands its audience to be very patient theatre goers. Still it’s a classic for a reason and a good study on some of the basics of the genre. Continue Reading

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The Merchant of Venice @ STAGEStheatre in Fullerton – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Nothing says summer like Shakespeare –am I right?  Of course I’m right.  Theater upon theater, stage upon stage, and actor upon actor are racing to prepare elegant monologues for the benefit of theater goers all over this luscious orb we call Earth.  Ok, I might be exaggerating.  However, the fact remains that the season for Shakespeare is here, so it’s inevitable that we’ll be seeing more than one.  The first in the lineup is STAGEStheatre with their production of The Merchant of Venice and HOLY TOLEDO have they set the bar high.  I do not recall the last time I wished to see The Merchant of Venice twice. Continue Reading

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