Orange County Theatre Reviews

Guys and Dolls @ Laguna Niguel Community Theatre – Review

Written by Daniella Litvak

Wiseguys and musicals–they go together. If not like peanut butter and jelly, then perhaps like avocado and chocolate. The combination might appear bizarre, but as the success of Bullets Over Broadway and Kiss Me, Kate demonstrate, it works. Perhaps the most known entry in the wiseguy/musical pantheon is the show responsible for the Broadway standard “Luck Be a Lady” —Guys and Dolls. Continue Reading

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Greater Tuna @ STAGEStheatre in Fullerton – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson

To say Greater Tuna is hilarious is, while accurate, somewhat missing the point.  It is true there are tons of laughs in this play, and it’s true that every single joke lands, but Greater Tuna is much more subtle than most other good comedies.  It honestly has heart.  The heart itself is composed of humor, which starts out cliche enough but quickly transforms into an entire town’s worth of people imploring the universe for assistance.  For an added bonus, the actors performing at Stages’s Theater in Fullerton are phenomenal. Continue Reading

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Funny Money playing @ Whittier Community Theatre : June 1 – 16

Synopsis: 

Henry Perkins gets quite a birthday surprise when he discovers he has picked up someone else’s briefcase in the subway and instead of boring papers and a half-eaten sandwich he’s got a case full of money. The money is clearly someone’s ill-gotten gains, so Henry’s plan is to grab the wife and fly to Barcelona to start a new life. But Life has other plans and the next two hours will be the most hectic and hilarious ever committed to paper. Synopsis taken from site.  

 

 

 

June 1st – 16th 2018 @ whittier

community theatre 

7630 Washington Ave. Whittier, CA

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Can Good People Ever Get Ahead? : GOOD PEOPLE @ Chance Theatre in Anaheim – Review

(photos by Doug Catiller, True Image Studio)

Written by Scotty Keister 

Much is made in David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People of the notion of equality of opportunity; that is, anyone who works hard enough can get ahead in America. Then the rest of the play goes on to flatly disprove it. The average Joe requires not only hard work, but opportunity, brains, connections and even a little luck to get anywhere, especially if one hails from the Southie neighborhood of Boston. Continue Reading

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Shrew! @ South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa – Review

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Written by Daniella Litvak 

Time to brush up on your Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew is one of Shakespeare’s most popular —actually his second most popular according to a survey the Royal Shakespeare Company conducted in 2003. The story goes like this. In sixteenth century Italy, Padua to be exact, there lives a rich gentleman named Baptista. He has two daughters. Several suitors clamor for the hand of Bianca, the younger daughter. Unfortunately, Baptista refuses to permit any of the suitors marry Bianca until his elder daughter, Katherine (whose name varies from production to production), is wed first. Katherine is deemed a shrew —aka an abusive woman who does not know her place. Bianca’s suitors convince Petruchio —a gentleman of Verona —to woo Katherine. Attracted to her dowry and the idea of breaking her, Petruchio goes after Katherine’s hand while the rest of them continue to scheme for Bianca’s.  Continue Reading

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