Orange County Theatre Reviews

Breaking The Fourth Wall With Ashlee And Tim Espinosa Podcast

Tim Espinosa

Written by Daniella Litvak

Ashlee and Tim Espinosa are active members of the Southern California theater scene. They’re actors, directors, and educators. Orange County audiences might be familiar with Ashlee’s performance as Alison Bechdel in Chance Theater’s production of Fun Home in 2020, and Tim directed Fullerton College’s 2017 production of American Idiot. (The Orange Curtain Review has reviews for both shows). They’ve taught at UC Irvine and Fullerton College. They have also turned their talents to Podcasting. Continue Reading

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The Electric Company Theatre & MOXIE Theatre Present: Lauren Gunderson’s I and You Streams March 4-28

Written by Patrick Chavis

The synopsis for I & You by Lauren Gunderson taken from playscripts.com

“One afternoon, Anthony arrives unexpectedly at classmate Caroline’s door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, an urgent assignment from their English teacher. Homebound due to illness, Caroline hasn’t been to school in months, but she is as quick and sardonic as Anthony is athletic, sensitive, and popular. As these two let down their guards and share their secrets, this seemingly mundane poetry project unlocks a much deeper mystery that has brought them together.” Continue Reading

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EQUalITY @ Chapman University – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis

Izzy Kaplan

During this pandemic, the theater has been hit as hard as any industry during this horrific time. But theater and the people that make it are also resilient, and it’s a medium built on creativity and making the impossible possible. At least, I like to think so.  Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and the horrendous killing of George Floyd, Chapman students filmed and wrote an almost 2-hour production of shorts named EQUalITY.  The film covers racial inequality topics, specifically highlighting the black community’s struggles with racism and other historical injustices. The play also covers the struggles of other marginalized groups using different mediums — spoken word, skits, and interviews  — that cover the topics of equality and racial justice.  Continue Reading

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A Very, Very Chance Holiday Cabaret @ Chance Theater in Anaheim – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis

A Very, Very Chance Holiday Cabaret is a streamed show full of Holiday Musical performances. The musical performances are split up by the comedic styling of well-known Chance Performers Alex Bueno (Loch Ness) and Matt Takashi (A Charlie Brown Christmas). While some of the songs are quite moving, the choice of mostly slow songs and ballads drags the show quite a bit. If you’re patient enough and can see through the 90’s style video production quality, the show can be quite charming and a throwback in a way. Continue Reading

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OC Theatre Guild Has Created a Theatre Artists’ Relief Fund

The OC Theatre Guild recognizes the struggles that face individual artists in light of COVID-19. With theatre doors closing, many have lost contracts and wages on which they depend. We also understand that with the uncertain nature of this crisis, we can not predict when jobs will return.

Our mission is to nurture, support and promote live theatre in Greater Orange County. It is our hope that by supporting independent artists in their time of need, we will nurture the community as a whole.This is where you come in. If you are able, we encourage you to donate to the artists in need by visiting our OCTG Theatre Artists Relief Fund.

If you are an artist that needs financial support as a result of COVID-19, you’ll find an application link on this page as well. (Post taken from OC Theatre Guild)

https://www.octheatreguild.org/relief-fund

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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.

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