Orange County Theatre Reviews

American Coast Theater Company Presents : The Beat Goes On @ Vanguard University in Costa Mesa – Review

photos by Susie Sprinkel Hudson

Written by Daniella Litvak 

Rock ‘n’ roll belongs to everyone, but the origin of The Beat Goes On belongs to Orange County. Back in 2014 Vanda Eggington created The Beat Goes On as a showcase for Vanguard University’s students. It was a hit. Now it’s back, but it’s not just a repeat of a previous success. This time The Beat Goes On is an American Coast Theater (the resident professional theater of Vanguard University) production. In addition to the professional upgrade, Eggington has also made some changes that include more material. Continue Reading

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Hollywood Fringe 2017: CHEEK (AND OTHER STORIES) @ Underground Annex Theatre in Hollywood – Review

While this show is going on at the Hollywood Fringe in Los Angeles. The show was actually created and Produced in Orange County. 

Best friends: We love them, we’d do anything for them, but sometimes, they can be an actual pain in the ass. Three comedic shorts explore the ups, downs and all arounds of best friendships through mischief, love, and the perfect tattoo.

June 17 – 24 2017 

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Calendar Girls @ Newport Theatre Arts Center – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

It is absolutely essential for a story to have conflict.  You cannot have a story without it.  Problems are what drive the narrative and keep us in the audience interested.  Sometimes the conflict is overt, abrupt, and slamming against your face the entire time you’re watching.  Sometimes it’s subtle.  Sometimes it’s too subtle.  Sometimes it’s so subtle you completely forget there was a conflict at all, only to be briefly reminded before a hasty resolution, and you walk out of the theater frustrated and exhausted because the show is so…darn…long.  In this instance, the show is called Calendar Girls. Continue Reading

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Man of La Mancha @ La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts – Review

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Written by Daniella Litvak 

Miguel de Cervantes was born near Madrid in 1547 and died in Madrid in 1616. He was a soldier, a prisoner, a poet, and a playwright. He is also credited with authoring the first modern novel —Don Quixote. Hundreds of years have passed since it was written, and the world still loves Don Quixote. The novel has spawned numerous adaptations. One of the most popular is Man of La Mancha — a Broadway musical created by Dale Wasserman, Joe Darion, and Mitch Leigh that debuted in 1965.[1] Continue Reading

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The Actor’s Studio of Orange County Summer Camps & Intensives 2017

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The Killer Angels, Soldiers of Gettysburg @ The Maverick Theatre in Fullerton – Review

(photo courtesy : Brian Newell)

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

As one might surmise from the title “The Killer Angels, Soldiers of Gettysburg”, this is a play about the Battle of Gettysburg and the soldiers that fought in it.  It’s an attempt to peer closely into the hearts and minds of men fighting on the opposite sides of the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil and effectively “humanize” them.  Whether they ever lacked the humanization this play seeks to grant them is a question worth exploring in and of itself, but I digress.  “The Killer Angels, Soldiers of Gettysburg” is pretty much a social studies lecture–habitually informative, occasionally thrilling, but often dull. Continue Reading

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