Orange County Theatre Reviews

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Help Support Modjeska Playhouse Theater Company

Written by Patrick Chavis

Taken from Modjeska Playhouse Newsletter:

“Hi everyone!

It’s been a while. We hope this message finds you safe and well. We’ve missed seeing your faces and entertaining all of you.

As you can imagine, this pandemic did a number on all of us at Modjeska Playhouse. We were in the middle of our run of Murder at Modjeska Manor in March 2020 when state and federal governments across the country mandated all live theater venues be shut down to combat the coronavirus.

Unfortunately, “Two weeks to stop the spread” turned into 18 months (and counting) of being completely dark and unable to conduct our normal theater operations. Continue Reading

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The Crucible @ Maverick Theater in Fullerton – Review

(photos by Austin M Bauman)

Written by Patrick Chavis

I’m not a stranger to the story of The Crucible, having seen theater productions and the film version before. It’s a classic for good reason. The Crucible has legs. Its story and themes are timeless. From what I’ve read, Arthur Miller, the playwright, partially wrote it in response to “McCarthyism” because many people were being blacklisted in Hollywood if they were accused of having a connection to Communism, whether it was true or not. This play is a great example of how the truth can be twisted and used for power, greed, and the destruction of people’s lives. The Maverick and a cast of veteran actors inhabit the characters and show off their long-practiced skills onstage to great effect. Continue Reading

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Streamed performance: Ordinary Days @ The Wayward Artist Ensemble – Review

(Photo credit Francis Gacad)

Written by Patrick Chavis

Kimberly Tiongco (Deb) David Albulario (Warren)

It was night, and I found myself sitting in my silver Prius surrounded by all types of trucks and cars on top of the Mess Hall parking structure in Tustin, waiting for the premiere of Ordinary Days, a musical put on by the Wayward Artist Theater Ensemble and the Frida Cinema.  I’ve been to a drive-thru before, but this was definitely a different experience. The production is a mixture of live theater performance production with film cuts and cinematography seamlessly moving with the story and transitions. If you didn’t make the one-time drive-thru premiere, you could watch the same recorded performance streamed from the Wayward Artist website through August 7th. Continue Reading

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Orange County Premiere of EDGES @ Chance Theater in Anaheim Hill – Review

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Written by Patrick Chavis

The Chance Theater brings back live, in-person theater for the first time since the pandemic with the Orange County premiere of EDGES, a musical written by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, the award-winning songwriters of La La Land, The Greatest Showman, and Dear Evan Hansen. EDGES is an earlier work from the award-winning duo, and the signs of their talent are all over this script. Still, this script’s bones (structure) feel uneven, and this striped-down production shows off the flaws in the material instead of improving on it.  Continue Reading

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