Orange County Theatre Reviews

The Vandal @ The Chance Theater – Review

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Two strangers are waiting for the bus on a cold road at night… next to a cemetery. The bus is late. The woman’s coat is too thin. And this fast-talking teenager waiting at the same bus stop won’t leave her alone. He works hard to get her to talk to him, using everything from philosophical riffs to brash seduction. Just around the corner is a liquor store, whose owner is waiting for a special delivery. All three people have no idea what this fateful night holds in store… and that it may provide the answers they’ve all been looking for.  Taken from the website.

September 22 – October 22, 2019

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American Mariachi @ South Coast Repertory – Review

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Written by Patrick Chavis 

I can’t say I know much about Mariachi music. I couldn’t name you a popular performer off the top of my head if I tried. Still, I’ve grown up in California my entire life and have been exposed to allot of Mexican culture. If you haven’t seen a Mariachi group by chance when walking into a Mexican restaurant, chances are you heard Mariachi on the occasions you accidently click the car radio to a Mexican station — hearing those strong trumpets on your speakers is usually the indicator.   From what I picked up from this play American Mariachi.  Mariachi is all about emotion, tradition and the friendships among musicians playing together to produce a harmony that is authentically Mariachi. Continue Reading

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RUBE! @ Curtis Theatre in Brea – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

In the early 1900s, George Edward “Rube” Waddell dominated Major League Baseball in strikeouts, which should be just enough to get your attention.  What should keep your attention is how the man spends his free time: wrestling alligators, starring on Broadway, and pulling off actual acts of heroism to save human lives.  But who is Rube Waddell?  What’s his “deal?”  One American sportswriter decides it’s time someone found out and sets his sights on making sense of the unfathomable behemoth who dominated MLB while pitching for six consecutive years.  We are subsequently treated to a series of retellings of the mythical exploits of one talented and fantastically chaotic Rube Waddell in the hopes of finally understanding him as a person. Continue Reading

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Shakespeare Orange County Presents: Zoot Suit @ Santa Ana College – Review

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Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

I just watched an amazing play called Zoot Suit.  Prior to this performance, I had never heard of the Zoot Suit Riots or Henry Leyvas- the man upon whom the central character is based.  After watching Zoot Suit at Santa Ana College, I immediately raced home to bombard Google with searches about the riots and Henry Leyvas, which led to me to gasping over my ignorance on the subject.  How could something like the Zoot Suit Riots happen in my home state, in nearby Los Angeles to be exact, without me knowing about it?  How could the subject of Henry Leyvas’s (and many other people’s) false arrest and imprisonment not be broached a single time during all my years of education?  Continue Reading

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Can’t Keep These Puffs Down : Puffs @ STAGEStheatre in Fullerton – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

Harry Potter is one of the top, if not the top, best-selling fantasy books of all time.  It’s a story people of all ages know. Puffs utilizes nostalgia and the preexisting story structure of the Harry Potter series to weave a smaller and slightly less epic tale about the lives of average students attending Hogwarts School of Wizardry. Think of them as the crew members on Star Trek who were never named or, better yet, as the nameless extras seen in the Harry Potter movies.  Now there’s a play all about them.  Alchemy Theatre Company presents: Puffs at STAGESTheatre in Fullerton.  It’s a theatrical feast with an excellent cast, charming story. and non-stop comedy for two hours.  This is quality theatre at community theatre prices. More than that – it’s magical!     

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The Merry Wives of W.I.N.D.S.O.R @ Laguna Hills Community Center – Review

Written by Daniella Litvak 

Sir John Falstaff has always been one of the Bard’s most beloved characters.  Queen Elizabeth was such a fan she allegedly demanded Shakespeare write a play about Falstaff in love.  As with much of the information we have about Shakespeare, whether or not Queen Elizabeth actually ordered him to write such a story is debatable.  However, such a play does exist, and it’s called The Merry Wives of Windsor (hereinafter referred to as “Merry Wives”). Continue Reading

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