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A Play About Words : In a Word @ The Chance Theater in Anaheim – Review

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Written by Scotty Keister

Deflection and reflection. In Lauren Yee’s play, In a Word, now running at Chance Theater, words matter. The behavior of its characters is reflected in how they use words. Many times the same words are used over and over again but adopt different meanings with each use, as the characters choose to use the words to deflect or reflect the truth. Continue Reading

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“Parade” Paints a Dark Portrait of America @ Chance Theatre in Anaheim – Review

(All photos by Doug Catiller, True Image Studio)

Written by Scotty Keister 

Madison Miller as Monteen, Madeline Ellingson as Iola Stover, and Alissa Finn as Essie in PARADE

The musical Parade, now on stage at the Chance Theater, details the 1913 trial, conviction and lynching of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn Jew living in Marietta, Georgia. With a book by Alfred Uhry and music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown — both Tony Award winners for the show —it’s a dark, disturbing and unflinching look at American history. Despite Tony and Drama Desk awards, it was apparently too dark for Broadway in its 1998 premier, as it ran for only two months. After some retooling of the score, Parade reopened  at the Donmar Warehouse in London in 2007 before it moved on to Los Angeles and subsequent national tours. Continue Reading

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A Show You Can Jump On : Claudio Quest @ The Chance Theatre – Review

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Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Ladies and gentlemen, there’s a new show in town! It’s a comedic musical that delves into the psyches of sentient video game characters as they go on their adventure.  Due to the plot and its format, I find myself instinctively giving writer/director Marshall Pailet points for creativity.  The show is bright, colorful, and positively peppered with pop-culture references, but at times it appears to be trying to be deeper that it actually is.  Nevertheless, the characters are engaging; a lot of the jokes land well, and for the most part Claudio Quest succeeds in holding the audience’s attention. Continue Reading

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