Orange County Theatre Reviews

Top Hat 8 Repertory: Heathers The Musical in Tustin – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

Before  there was Mean Girls–a movie in the early 2000’s about a three-girl clique of popular girls dominating their high school with  pretty looks, attitude and cruel gags, there was a much darker, less comical movie in the earlier 90’s called Heathers–a movie about a three-girl clique dominating their high school with pretty looks, attitude and cruel gags. A musical version of Heathers was created much later and while it maintains some of the darkness of the original film it goes in a much more fun and comical direction.   Top Hat 8 Repertory’s version of Heathers High School Edition is done completely with high-schoolers.   While technically flawed in certain sections, the performance from much of the cast coupled with the movement thought up by the director and perfect live band accompaniment makes this production of Heathers a great first showing for anyone.   Continue Reading

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Top Hat 8 Repertory presents : Legally Blonde The Musical @ The Village Theatre in Orange – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

If you want an underdog story told in the most unorthodox way possible, look no further than Legally Blonde: The Musical. On its face the show is plastic nails and a shade of pink that makes Barbie look manly, but if you let it, the show can actually surprise you. There’s a lot of heart and a positive message about the power of diversity and the difficulties of being true to yourself when other people are saying something else.  The overall vocal talent of  Top Hat 8 Repertory’s cast cannot be denied, although multiple issues with the singing dynamics hamper the overall enjoyment of a truly spirited performance. Continue Reading

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