Orange County Theatre Reviews

Moon Over Buffalo @ Attic Theatre in Santa Ana – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

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Nicole Gerardi (Eileen) Courtesy: Attic Theatre Floyd Harden

Don’t let the fanciful  title fool you, Moon Over Buffalo is not a tragic and love-ridden romance piece.  It’s actually a comedic narrative which focuses mainly on former stars George and Charlotte Hay.  George and Charlotte are a flamboyant couple working as the stars in their touring company currently stationed in Buffalo, New York.  In the midst of a huge argument their daughter Rosalind  arrives at the theatre to introduce them to her new fiancé, while at the same time the famous film director Frank Capra calls to announce his plans to view one of their shows. The jokes and ultimately the plot of the play centered on the bickering and confusion brought on by these events. Continue Reading

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The Whipping Man @ South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa – Review

Adam Haas Hunter, Charlie Robinson and Jarrod M. Smith in South

Adam Haas Hunter, Charlie Robinson and Jarrod M. Smith Photo Courtesy: South Coast Rep.

Written by Scott Keister

At the time of the Civil War there were approximately 25,000 Jews living in the eleven states that seceded from the union. Many of these were slave owners, and several thousand actually fought on the side of the Confederacy. In this play, The Whipping Man, currently running at South Coast Rep, playwright Matthew Lopez explores the irony of how a race of people, the Jews, who struggled mightily to escape slavery, became a people who themselves owned and sold slaves. He digs the irony a little deeper by making two of his characters in the play black slaves who also follow the Jewish faith. The parallels of the Jews and the black slaves are layered on pretty deeply in what is occasionally an intriguing clash of characters—two former black slaves and a white man, all from the same household in Richmond, Virginia, gathered together in the final days of the Civil War—but is too often a mere polemic that goes nowhere.  Continue Reading

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A Christmas Carol @ South Coast Repetory in Costa Mesa – Review

The cast of South Coast Repertory's 2013 production of A CHRISTM

photo courtesy : South Coast Repertory

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

What exactly is it that makes  a story and show stand the test of time? The obvious challenge in answering this question stems from the fact that each show is different and therefore entertains it’s audience in a different way.  In the case of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol the more arguable answer is the continued relevancy of the main character’s journey.  South Coast Repertory’s newest presentation of this iconic tale lives up to theatre goers’ expectations in most ways, bringing the play to you with both visual beauty and convincing acting. Continue Reading

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Get Cartier @ Gourmet Detective in Newport Beach – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

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photo : Patrick Chavis

A night of murder, humor, and intrigue. In “Get Cartier” we are witnesses to the before and after affects of the murder of a wealthy man. In this dinner theater performance,  the audience gets to play the part of the deceased’s dinner guests. The experience will leave you with a wonderful night to remember but hardcore theatre devotees, might find it a little too cliche and devoid of enough actual storyline and passion to make for a fulfilling mystery. Continue Reading

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A Christmas Carol – Scrooge and Marley Together Again @ Mysterium Theatre in La Habra – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

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Photo Courtesy : Mysterium Theatre Chelsea Caracoza, Joseph Ott, Wilson Mizell, Hayley Jackson, Carolyn Zonana Royer

A Christmas Carol, the classic and possibly the original , “I hate Christmas/ now I love Christmas story”, was done once again at the Mysterium Theatre- this time in their new Locomotive location in the La Habra Depot Theatre. Although the play promotes the classic Christmas story from the perspective of the dearly departed Marley  (only friend of  notorious Christmas hater Ebenezer Scrooge) after the curtain closes it feels as though you’ve gone through a more condensed version, without any of the horror and back story that makes the original so effective. Continue Reading

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