Orange County Theatre Reviews

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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Behind the Orange Curtain with Scott Keister #1

IMG_1025_100dpi 2 Written by Scott keister 

What does it take to put on a successful theater show? This simple question is posed to OC theater producers and attendees every weekend, with varying results. And, as it turns out, it has little to do with money. There are a lot of choices for community and professional theater, everywhere from Fullerton to Laguna and spots in between. You can see Broadway touring companies at Segerstrom for big bucks in a not-so-friendly space with weak sound and bad sight lines, or you can see some what recent Broadway shows at local theaters as soon as they become available, produced at drastically smaller budgets, usually at more than one theater per season (Les Miserables is playing at no less than two spaces next year). Still, what it comes down to is not the size of the check behind the show. It’s the limits of the imagination, within those who produced it. Continue Reading

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Ed Asner’s No Frills Recession Style FDR : FDR @ The Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach- Review

PHOTO COURTESY: Laguna Playhouse

PHOTO COURTESY: Laguna Playhouse

Written by Patrick Chavis 

Ed Asner. You may know of him from works such as “The Mary Tyler Moore show” and “Roots”. If you’re a bit younger  you’ll know him from his voice in cartoons like “UP” and the hilarious character voice of Ed Wuncler in “The Boondocks”. Whatever age you are, Ed Asner has proven himself a great talent. His interpretation of FDR is comical (in a  ” *sigh* oh grandpa” sort of way), serious, and true to life but I left more entertained and laughing at Asner’s unique quirks and less from his portrayal of our 32nd president. Continue Reading

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