Orange County Theatre Reviews

The Other Place @ Chance Theatre in Anaheim – Review

(photos by Doug Catiller, True Image Studio)

Written by Patrick Chavis 

The human mind is a fascinating place. For all the technical advances we have made as human beings, just how exactly the mind works is still a mystery. This is why we have fields like psychology, philosophy, and other branches of study which are trying to make sense of humanity and why we do the things we do.  These mysteries and truths have been chronicled in stories, plays, and movies for decades.  The Other Place now playing at the Chance Theatre is one more of these psychological stories — delving into the complexity of the human mind and its effect on our lives in a way that is somehow simultaneously comical and tragic.  Continue Reading

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The Producers @ The Gem Theatre in Garden Grove – Review

Written by Daniella Litvak 

I am a fan of Mel Brooks’s works in general and of The Producers specifically.  Before seeing The Producers at The Gem Theater I had already seen both the 1968 and 2005 film versions, listened repeatedly to the Original Broadway Cast recording, and seen the musical performed live.  I know the story.  More importantly, I like the story. Continue Reading

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A Night With Janis Joplin @ La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts – Review

(PHOTO CREDIT:  Jason Niedle)

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

If you were to head over to La Mirada right now, you could treat yourself to a night of Janis Joplin over at the La Mirada Theatre.  Depending on your feelings towards 1960’s rock and blues music, you will either spend your evening besotted or in shock. If you walk in new to Janis (as I did) you’ll probably be in shock.  But A Night With Janis Joplin is loud, vigorous, and colorful!  If you walk in as a conscientious fan, I have no doubt you’ll leave besotted. Continue Reading

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Fragile People : The Glass Menagerie @ International City Theatre in Long Beach – Review

(Photo by Tracey Roman)

Written by Patrick Chavis

This was my first time watching Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie performed on stage.  Like many people I studied this play in high school and read through the entire text, so I had a good idea of what to expect. Yet somehow after watching the production at International City Theatre, it really felt like I was being introduced to this material for the first time. It’s weird to have this story in your head that you’ve known for years, and then have your preconceived notions about it totally change when you watch it play out on stage.  ICT’s version of this famous play is a solid, straight forward take on one of the richest stories, plays or narratives written in the 20th century.

Lizzie Zerebko and Emilio Garcia-Sanchez Photo by Tracey Roman

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