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The Addams Family @ Vanguard Uni in Costa Mesa – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

It’s the beginning of April in 2016 and we are far and away from a time when a show like The Addams Family would feel relevant. For the benefit of the ten percent of people reading this review that aren’t familiar, I’ll mention that the Addams are a family that find pleasure in torture and all things Gothically strange–keeping that in mind, it’s fair to note that the show would probably be better suited to the cold dreary month of October than the hot spring days of April.  But strangely enough, Vanguard University’s production is anything but spooky. Instead the musical relies mostly (if not entirely) on comedic witticisms from the cartoon and television series, both of those stories lacked the darker, more sinister feelings from the 90s films.   This is the tamest rendition of The Addams Family I’ve ever seen, which is not necessarily a bad thing–it’s family friendly, and the cast mirror the original characters with skill levels which range from good to all-around-exceptional. Continue Reading

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On The Spot with the Cast of Addams Family : The Musical @ Vanguard University – Video

Shot & Edited by Patrick Chavis 

Everyone’s favorite creepy clan, The Addams Family, hits the stage with a macabre musical that’s so deathly hilarious it’s scary. Gather around the family mansion and watch Morticia and Gomez wrestle with a nightmarish turn of events. Their daughter, the ever-precocious Wednesday, has done the scariest thing imaginable — she’s fallen in love with an average, run-of-the-mill boy. Taken from the Website 

April 8 – 24 2016

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William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale @ Vanguard University in Costa Mesa – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Vanguard University is putting on a production of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.  Unlike some other Shakespearean shows I’ve seen recently, Vanguard’s production sticks to a time period appropriate for the piece, making for a costume design scheme that is more realistic and historically accurate.  This straightforward approach keeps the story, but it is somewhat lacking in creativity. Continue Reading

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Christmas Is Here Again @ Vanguard Uni in Costa Mesa – Review

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Four Weddings and Alot of Sarcasm – Always A Bridesmaid presented by American Coast Theatre Company @ Vanguard University in Costa Mesa

Photo courtesy : Susie Sprinkel Hudson 

Written by Daniella Litvak

It’s not summer until you’ve eaten barbecue, gone to the beach, or attended a wedding.  Luckily, “Always A Bridesmaid”   put on by American Coast Theatre company invites you to four weddings.  During their high school prom we meet Libby Ruth (Susan K. Berkompas), Deedra (Maria Cominis), Charlie (Vanda Eggington), and Monette (Deborah Marley) who are four best friends making a pact to be bridesmaids at each other’s weddings.  Time passes, and now they have to make good on their promise –over and over again.

Honestly, the plot is really just an excuse to get four friends together in a room and let them engage in snark-to-snark combat while wearing ridiculous bridesmaid dresses before the impending nuptials occur.  The downside of this repetitiveness  is that the few times “Always A Bridesmaid” tries to discuss something seriously, it feels shoehorned in.  The instance that really sticks out is Libby Ruth’s fear that her daughter won’t find love.  While the first scene is necessary to establish characters, tone, and a normal atmosphere to heighten the contrast with later wackiness, the scene could be trimmed down a fair bit to make the story tighter.  The upside is the show stuffs itself with great one-liners and banter, which makes for a fun viewing experience. Continue Reading

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American Coast Theatre Company presents : Comedy of Error @ Vanguard University in Costa Mesa – Review

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Photo Credit Susie Sprinkel Hudson

Written by Scotty Keister

(Spoiler alert : This review is full of Spoiler, you have been warned)

If online dating really went like this it might put the whole internet out of business. Comedy of <<ERROR>>, now in its world premiere at Vanguard University’s lovely Lyceum Theater, and produced by American Coast Theater Company, is a wild and wooly look at dishonesty and deception as played out on a particular dating site, Date Jane Eyre.com.

The idea is to put bookish folks together for romance. The site’s creator, Charles, is both the culprit behind a good deal of the malfeasance here and the romantic lead of the story. Charles is desperately trying to hook up his apparently one and only paying customer, Bill, before he quits and demands his money back, a sum of $800 which Charles happens to need desperately as a down payment for a honeymoon with his girlfriend Chloe, to whom he has not yet even proposed. Being that the engagement ring has been inadvertently locked in a kitchen safe by Chloe’s wacky brother Donald and cannot be extracted for a week, Charles has some nifty romance-spinning to do in order to keep alive his hopes of a successful proposal. Yeah, it all seems pretty convoluted and far-fetched. The basic idea that a dating site can exist with only one paying customer is crazy enough, but what follows is even crazier.

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