Orange County Theatre Reviews

Alchemy Theatre Company, News, Press Releases, Theater Comments Off on Alchemy Theatre Company Presents: The Lion in Winter : Live Virtual Performance – May 30th 7pm |

Alchemy Theatre Company Presents: The Lion in Winter : Live Virtual Performance – May 30th 7pm

Alchemy Theatre Company is proud to present, in association with Concord Theatricals, James Goldman’s The Lion in Winter. Sibling rivalry, adultery, and dungeons – The Lion in Winter, by James Goldman, is a modern-day classic. Comedic in tone, dramatic in action – the play tells the story of the Plantagenet family, who are locked in a free-for-all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom. As Eleanor says, “Every family has its ups and downs,” and this royal family is no exception.

Performing One Night Only this with be a virtual performance on May 30th at 7pm. Alchemy Theatre Company is eagerly awaiting when we can get back out and perform live theatre in front of a live audience in person. But until then, theatre doesn’t stop for us; it’s in our veins. As such, this a show Free for Admission.

You can obtain admission to the show in two ways:

This is our opportunity to keep theatre alive with a group of fantastic actors and crew:

Producers: Alchemy Theatre Company

Arrangement: Adam West and Kelsey Somerville

Starring

  • Joe Parrish as King Henry II
  • Rose London as Eleanor of Aquitaine
  • Brandon Sanchez as Richard the Lionheart
  • Jeff Lowe as Geoffrey
  • Jon Cates as John
  • Laura Hathaway as Alais
  • Joey Nestra as King Philip II of France

Taken from the press release

Read more

Anaheim, Review, The Chance Theater, Theater, Uncategorized Comments Off on Fun Home @ Chance Theater – Review |

Fun Home @ Chance Theater – Review

(All photos by Doug Catiller, True Image Studio)

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Fun Home is currently playing at the Chance Theater in Anaheim.  This musical is not without critical acclaim, taking home five Tony Awards (including Best Musical and Best Original Score) when it was on Broadway in 2015.  Contrary to the title, Fun Home is not actually very “fun.”   When I think of fun, I think of lighthearted, easy-going excitement, and this ironically named show is certainly not something I would consider fun.  It is, however, a tear-jerking and spellbinding look into one woman’s innermost thoughts and memories.

Continue Reading

Read more

Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa Playhouse, Review, Theater, Uncategorized Comments Off on Lost in Yonkers @ The Costa Mesa Playhouse – Review |

Lost in Yonkers @ The Costa Mesa Playhouse – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

It’s been two years since Neil Simon, one of the most well-known playwrights of his generation, passed away. He had a very successful career in writing more than 30 different plays, which were often adapted into feature films.  Simon’s plays were famous for being comedic but also dramatic.  Even before I started a deep dive into theatre, the name Neil Simon was a well-known, like Einstein or Mother Teresa.  Lost in Yonkers won the Pulitzer prize in 1991, and in a career that resulted in the creation of so many plays, it’s often known as one of the highlights of his career.  The Costa Mesa Playhouse has now put on a production of this famous play. Under the precise direction of Wendy Ruth, the charm, the comedy and dangerous side of families are well performed, almost the entire way through.

Continue Reading

Read more

Costa Mesa, Review, South Coast Repertory, Theater Comments Off on Fireflies @ South Coast Repertory – Review |

Fireflies @ South Coast Repertory – Review

(Photo by Jordan KubatSCR)

Written by Daniella Litvak 

Racism, sexism, homosexuality, adultery, reproductive rights — many dramatists could compose a play lasting for hours around just one of those subjects. Fireflies tackles all of those topics and more in only 90 minutes. It’s an intense theatrical experience. Continue Reading

Read more

Anaheim, Review, The Chance Theater, Theater, Uncategorized Comments Off on A Charlie Brown Christmas @ Chance Theater in Anaheim Hills – Review |

A Charlie Brown Christmas @ Chance Theater in Anaheim Hills – Review

All photos by Doug Catiller, True Image Studio

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

A Charlie Brown Christmas is now playing over at the Chance Theater in Anaheim. Even though I’m not a big Peanuts fan, halfway through this 45-minute show, I found myself a little charmed and even somewhat invested in the story.  Add in the smiling faces of the children in the audience and I consider this a worthy holiday treat for young ones and avid fans of the franchise.

Continue Reading

Read more

Review, Rose Center Theatre, Theater, Uncategorized Comments Off on Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella @ Rose Center Theater – Review |

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella @ Rose Center Theater – Review

Written by Daniella Litvak 

One of Cinderella’s enduring qualities is its adaptability. The fairy tale about a girl and her glass slippers has been told in novels, films — animated and live-action — and of course musicals. Theater legends Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II adapted Cinderella into a musical for television in 1957 (starring Julie Andrews in the title role). Afterwards, it made the transition to stage show, becoming a popular production in the process. Continue Reading

Read more