Orange County Theatre Reviews

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A Play About Words : In a Word @ The Chance Theater in Anaheim – Review

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Written by Scotty Keister

Deflection and reflection. In Lauren Yee’s play, In a Word, now running at Chance Theater, words matter. The behavior of its characters is reflected in how they use words. Many times the same words are used over and over again but adopt different meanings with each use, as the characters choose to use the words to deflect or reflect the truth. Continue Reading

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Don’t Dress For Dinner @ Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Huntington Beach High School just kickstarted their year with the hilarious, two act farce Don’t Dress For Dinner.  The fact they attempted a work with such expansive dialogue is to their credit, and the fact that every wink and nod enabled the jokes to land without a hitch makes them worthy of acclaim.  To put it plainly, the cast from HBHS is terrific.   Continue Reading

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Broadway In The Park Presents: Annie @ Peppertree Park in Tustin – Review

(Photo Courtesy: Sharyn Sakimoto)

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Ladies and gentlemen, she’s back.  The girl with the curly red hair, the sandy-colored dog, the steadfast optimism and the voice of gold–Annie.  Annie has returned to us, this time for one week over at Peppertree Park in Tustin.  Her mission, to spread courage and good cheer while entertaining families in an outdoor setting late at night.  Does she succeed? In spite of sound issues and rushed pacing, I would say its close enough. Continue Reading

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Interview with Production Liaison Erin Kociela about Annie @ Peppertree Park in Tustin – Podcast

(photo courtesy: Sharyn Sakimoto)

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations.  She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. Taken from website. 

August 15 – 19 2017 

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The Understudy @ The Modjeska Playhouse in Lake Forest – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

Plays are a great medium for focusing on one subject. You’ve got a stage, actors, a few props and –potentially–maybe only a few scene changes. For the most part plays are very good at stripping away the excess of the exterior and uncovering the inter-workings of the people and ideas right in front of you.  Theresa Rebeck’s play The Understudy (running now at The Modjeska Playhouse) is one of those plays. However it tries to walk a tight rope between comedy and drama, with jokes that fail to bring laughs and dramatic moments which lack weight.     Continue Reading

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