Orange County Theatre Reviews

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Steve Martin & Edie Brickell's "Bright Star": Pre-Sale

at Carpenter Performing Arts Center, CSULB, Long Beach
OFFER DATES:
Fri, October 19
Sat, October 20
Sun, October 21
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FULL PRICE: $32.50 - $69.50
OFFER PRICE: $20 - $59.50

From Grammy-, Emmy- and Academy Award-winning actor Steven Martin and Grammy Award-winning songwriter Edie Brickell comes "Bright Star", the five-time Tony-nominated Broadway musical that "The New Yor... [more+]

From Grammy-, Emmy- and Academy Award-winning actor Steven Martin and Grammy Award-winning songwriter Edie Brickell comes "Bright Star", the five-time Tony-nominated Broadway musical that "The New York Times" called a "shining achievement." This sweeping tale of love and redemption, set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and '40s, unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances. Grab your Goldstar pre-sale tickets and prepare to be swept away when Musical Theatre West brings this touching musical to the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. [less-]

Love & Revenge in the Wild West

at Attic Community Theater, Santa Ana
OFFER DATES:
Fri, October 19
Sat, October 20
Sun, October 21
FULL PRICE: $25
OFFER PRICE: $12.50

In this classic tale of love, hope and revenge set against the vicious backdrop of a lawless society, a young scholar travels into the Wild West in search of a new life ... only to end up beaten and l... [more+]

In this classic tale of love, hope and revenge set against the vicious backdrop of a lawless society, a young scholar travels into the Wild West in search of a new life ... only to end up beaten and left for dead on the dusty streets of Twotrees by notorious outlaw Liberty Valance. A local girl gives him purpose in this broken land. But when Valance returns to finish what he started, the young scholar must make the choice: Turn and run or stand and fight, and become "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance". Catch this classic tale on the stage of Orange County's Attic Community Theater. [less-]

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" With Archie Andrews Radio

at Camino Real Playhouse, San Juan Capistrano
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Fri, November 23
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FULL PRICE: $22 - $27
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Originally broadcast in 1947 as part of the Archie Andrews radio show, join Archie and his pals Jughead, Veronica and Betty in another comic adventure from Riverdale, performed as a live radio broadca... [more+]

Originally broadcast in 1947 as part of the Archie Andrews radio show, join Archie and his pals Jughead, Veronica and Betty in another comic adventure from Riverdale, performed as a live radio broadcast as a preview before the main show. Then join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount a play, save a tree and uncover the true meaning of Christmas in "A Charlie Brown Christmas". Charles M. Schulz's Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning story has warmed the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television more than 50 years ago. The classic television special comes to life at San Juan Capistrano's Camino Real Playhouse in a stage adaptation featuring Vince Guaraldi's timeless score. [less-]

Theater, Silent Movie Screenings & More at The Muckenthaler Cultural Center

at Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
OFFER DATES:
Thu, October 18
Thu, October 25
FULL PRICE: $25
OFFER PRICE: $14

From silent movies to live theater, classic show tunes to modern dance, Fullerton's Muckenthaler Cultural Center is once again the place to be for unique and accessible entertainment. In 2018, guests ... [more+]

From silent movies to live theater, classic show tunes to modern dance, Fullerton's Muckenthaler Cultural Center is once again the place to be for unique and accessible entertainment. In 2018, guests will encounter Don Knott's daughter, Karen -- honoring her father with a one-woman show about his life. Plus, Celtic bluegrass, American Ragtime, and a heartfelt and humorous tribute to 70s soft rock bands! [less-]

Vampire Queen of Mars

at Costa Mesa Playhouse, Costa Mesa
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Sat, October 20
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FULL PRICE: $22 - $25
OFFER PRICE: $11 - $12.50

In this campy spoof of 1950s low-budget, sci-fi B-movies like "Cat Women of the Moon," "Queen of Outer Space," and "Rocketship X-M, " Earth launches the first manned rocket to the planet Mars in respo... [more+]

In this campy spoof of 1950s low-budget, sci-fi B-movies like "Cat Women of the Moon," "Queen of Outer Space," and "Rocketship X-M, " Earth launches the first manned rocket to the planet Mars in response to mysterious distress signals -- and encounters a race of Amazon vampires with a thirst for human blood, led by the evil Queen Voluptua. A world premiere written and directed by Michael Dale Brown. [less-]

Halloween Drag Show and Dinner: "Drop Dead GOREgeous"

at Velvet Lounge, Santa Ana
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Thu, October 18
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FULL PRICE: $49.99 - $69.99
OFFER PRICE: $20 - $44.99

This Halloween, creep into the Velvet Lounge and get your freak on as SoCal's leading drag dinner theater presents the "Drop Dead GOREgeous Dinner Show", an all-new production of its popular seasonal ... [more+]

This Halloween, creep into the Velvet Lounge and get your freak on as SoCal's leading drag dinner theater presents the "Drop Dead GOREgeous Dinner Show", an all-new production of its popular seasonal show. Indulge in a world of mystery and horror as a fury of freaks trickle out of their mad house to come play with (and scare) you. These lovely female impersonators will bewitch you with their charms and haunt your nightmares, so prepare yourself for plenty of blood, guts and glitter. In addition to the show, you'll enjoy a three-course prix fixe meal. [less-]

"The Dinner Detective": Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Show

at Four Points by Sheraton Anaheim, Anaheim
OFFER DATES:
Sat, October 27
Sat, November 10
Sat, November 24
FULL PRICE: $92
OFFER PRICE: $59

Could you be dining with a killer? Named "Best Dinner Show" in Los Angeles and Denver for four years running, "The Dinner Detective" makes its way to Orange County to serve up a tasty whodunit along w... [more+]

Could you be dining with a killer? Named "Best Dinner Show" in Los Angeles and Denver for four years running, "The Dinner Detective" makes its way to Orange County to serve up a tasty whodunit along with a four-course dinner. And since this comedic murder mystery is set in the present day and actors are dressed just like everyone else, you'll have no way of knowing whether someone at your table is just another guest or one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect ... including you! The event starts out with a reception featuring plated hors d'oeuvres, followed by the meal, which includes fresh rolls and butter, salad, an entree and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. The top sleuth even wins a prize package at the end of the evening -- not to mention serious bragging rights. [less-]

A Murder Reenactment With a Twist in "The Jury Room"

at Westminster Community Playhouse, Westminster
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Fri, November 02
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FULL PRICE: $22
OFFER PRICE: $11

Twelve jurors gather to decide the fate of a young girl. Did she stab her uncle in cold blood? Eleven jurors say yes; one, a student actress, says no. The jurors agree to her request to re-enact the c... [more+]

Twelve jurors gather to decide the fate of a young girl. Did she stab her uncle in cold blood? Eleven jurors say yes; one, a student actress, says no. The jurors agree to her request to re-enact the crime right there, complete with props, including the actual murder weapon. As the re-enactment proceeds, the verdict, the solution, and the climax all come together with an unexpected twist! Catch C.B. Guilford's "The Jury Room" at the Westminster Community Playhouse. [less-]

"Sherlock Holmes and the Masters of Crime"

at Camino Real Playhouse, San Juan Capistrano
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Fri, October 19
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The master sleuth is back on the case! This time, Sherlock Holmes must enlist the help of the next generation of young detectives after the "great one" himself is attacked by mysterious thugs in a Lon... [more+]

The master sleuth is back on the case! This time, Sherlock Holmes must enlist the help of the next generation of young detectives after the "great one" himself is attacked by mysterious thugs in a London alley. Match your wits with the great detective as Holmes solves a crime in which he himself is the victim. A thrilling "whodunit" sure to captivate the most dedicated Sherlockian, this is the fourth in a series of delightfully original Sherlock plays written by C.P. Stancich and produced by The Camino Real Theatre. The play has all the elements you would expect from the best Sherlock Holmes mystery and devoted fans will not be disappointed. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic crime solver character, Holmes, is a legendary master of his craft. Doyle is long gone (he died in 1930), but Holmes is very much alive in this production. The script is the work of C.P. Stancich, who has written this play in the style of Sir Conan. It's a seamless script, channeling Doyle and Holmes such that one could barely discern whether this is a product of Doyle or Stancich. A new Sherlock Holmes is in store for Playhouse audiences ... but rest assured that the title role will have the look, the feel, and the gravitas of his distinguished predecessors. Stancich gives Holmes the usual obscure clues and leads and allows our director Gary McCarver to help you moment by moment move ever closer to identifying the culprit with a hand-picked cadre of characters. [less-]

ShowOff! International Playwriting Festival 2018

at Camino Real Playhouse, San Juan Capistrano
OFFER DATES:
Fri, January 11
Sat, January 12
Sun, January 13
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FULL PRICE: $22 - $27
OFFER PRICE: $11 - $13.50

ShowOff! International Playwriting Festival is a Camino Real Playhouse fan-favorite, with drama, comedy, intrigue and the variety that comes from seeing seven short plays and a wonderful extra in Read... [more+]

ShowOff! International Playwriting Festival is a Camino Real Playhouse fan-favorite, with drama, comedy, intrigue and the variety that comes from seeing seven short plays and a wonderful extra in Reader's Theatre! As the audience you only see the top seven and nightly you will also hear one of the runner-up plays read as a Reader's Theater. It's seven different directors and seven different plays. This event is suitable for teenagers and adults. [less-]

Solve a Murder & Eat a Meal at Dainty Dames Events' Murder Mystery Dinner Show

at Red Lion Hotel - Anaheim, Anaheim
OFFER DATES:
Sat, October 20
Sun, October 28
FULL PRICE: $105
OFFER PRICE: $65

Mystery, intrigue and a grisly murder await in this new audience interactive murder mystery dinner show at Anaheim's Red Lion Hotel. You'll be thrown into the story and become part of the action as yo... [more+]

Mystery, intrigue and a grisly murder await in this new audience interactive murder mystery dinner show at Anaheim's Red Lion Hotel. You'll be thrown into the story and become part of the action as you help crack the case in this fun whodunit, where the dining room is full of suspects and the murderer could be anywhere -- even your table! Interrogate suspects, gather hidden clues and try to piece the puzzle together before the killer strikes again at this unforgettable and thrilling three-course meal. [less-]

Comedy of Manners: "The Long Weekend"

at Westminster Community Playhouse, Westminster
OFFER DATES:
Fri, January 11
Sat, January 12
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FULL PRICE: $22
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Laugh along as the truth and lies of a friendship come to the surface, along with plenty of surprises. In this comedy of manners, Max and Wynn invite their friends Roger and Abby up for a weekend at t... [more+]

Laugh along as the truth and lies of a friendship come to the surface, along with plenty of surprises. In this comedy of manners, Max and Wynn invite their friends Roger and Abby up for a weekend at their country home. These couples are old friends, the kind with plenty of troublesome baggage. Fresh, funny and full of sharp writing, "The Long Weekend" can be enjoyed at the Westminster Community Playhouse. [less-]

Classic Adventure Tale "Around the World in 80 Days"

at Lyceum Theater, Costa Mesa
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Fri, April 12
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Sat, April 13
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FULL PRICE: $16
OFFER PRICE: $8

Long before "The Amazing Race" hit TV screens, master of adventure and steampunk founding father Jules Verne dreamt up the original madcap globetrotting race: "Around the World in 80 Days". Packed wit... [more+]

Long before "The Amazing Race" hit TV screens, master of adventure and steampunk founding father Jules Verne dreamt up the original madcap globetrotting race: "Around the World in 80 Days". Packed with stampeding elephants, raging typhoons and runaway trains, this action-packed tale comes alive onstage, as five actors play dozens of characters in a race against time and treachery. With his resourceful servant, Passepartou, at his side, fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg sets out from Victorian London and into a world bursting with danger, romance and comic surprises as he endeavors to traverse the globe in an unheard-of 80 days. But his every step is dogged by a detective who thinks he's a robber on the run. Buckle up and get ready for a trip like no other when "Around the World in 80 Days" comes to the Lyceum Theater in Costa Mesa. [less-]

March Magic

at Westminster Community Playhouse, Westminster
OFFER DATES:
Fri, March 29
Sat, March 30
Sat, March 30
FULL PRICE: $28
OFFER PRICE: $14

Magic at its best performed by professionals from Ring 96 of Seal Beach! Come join us and let the child in you experience the wonder.... [more+]

Magic at its best performed by professionals from Ring 96 of Seal Beach! Come join us and let the child in you experience the wonder. [less-]

"The Pirates of Penzance": Gilbert & Sullivan's Rollicking Musical

at Lyceum Theater, Costa Mesa
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Thu, February 21
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FULL PRICE: $20
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Lovably wacky and filled with catchy tunes, "The Pirates of Penzance" has all the ingredients for the perfect operetta farce: a damsel in distress, sentimental pirates, an adorably dopey Major-General... [more+]

Lovably wacky and filled with catchy tunes, "The Pirates of Penzance" has all the ingredients for the perfect operetta farce: a damsel in distress, sentimental pirates, an adorably dopey Major-General, and a series of delightfully absurd mix-ups. Expecting to be released from servitude on his 21st birthday, the orphaned pirate apprentice Frederic falls for the beauteous young Mabel. But due to a leap-year technicality, the poor lad soon discovers that he must be away from the love of his life and continue his apprenticeship for another 63 years. Will he ever be free? Will he win the hand of his beautiful Mabel? Find out as the Vanguard University Theatre Department brings this fun musical to Costa Mesa's Lyceum Theater. [less-]

"Plan 9 From Outer Space": Stage Version of the Worst Film Ever Made

at Maverick Theater, Fullerton
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Sat, November 03
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FULL PRICE: $20
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Ed Wood's 1959 film "Plan 9 From Outer Space" has earned cult status as "the worst film ever made." The film features flying saucers, zombies and cardboard tombstones, and was Bela Lugosi's last scree... [more+]

Ed Wood's 1959 film "Plan 9 From Outer Space" has earned cult status as "the worst film ever made." The film features flying saucers, zombies and cardboard tombstones, and was Bela Lugosi's last screen appearance. It's the story of a pair of aliens who set up shop in a cemetery, set on stopping humans from creating a weapon that could destroy the universe. Now the oddly endearing disaster gets a campy, fully staged treatment by Staged Cinema Productions at Maverick Theater in Fullerton. [less-]

A Dreamlike Look at the Darker Side of Life

at STAGEStheatre, Fullerton
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Fri, October 19
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FULL PRICE: $22
OFFER PRICE: $8 - $15

A captivating voyage into our collective childhood subconscious, "The Secret in the Wings" weaves elements from "Beauty and the Beast" with several Brothers Grimm fairy tales into a dreamlike explorat... [more+]

A captivating voyage into our collective childhood subconscious, "The Secret in the Wings" weaves elements from "Beauty and the Beast" with several Brothers Grimm fairy tales into a dreamlike exploration of the darker side of human impulses. Punctuating the tales' haunting truths with breathtaking visual moments and poignant snatches of song -- and challenging the belief that fairy tales are only for children -- "The Secret in the Wings" is an invitation for adults to immerse themselves in a rare and magical storybook experience told in an imaginative and colorful style. Enjoy this show at Fullerton's STAGEStheatre. [less-]

Political Comedy "Kings"

at Segerstrom Stage, South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa
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Tue, October 16
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FULL PRICE: $52 - $66
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Fresh from New York, this incisive comedy takes an unflinching look at how things get done in Washington. When Sydney Millsap wins a seat in Congress, she's determined to drain the swamp. Then she mee... [more+]

Fresh from New York, this incisive comedy takes an unflinching look at how things get done in Washington. When Sydney Millsap wins a seat in Congress, she's determined to drain the swamp. Then she meets Kate, a whip-smart lobbyist who gets her clients what they want -- whatever they want. When Kate helps Sydney try to unseat a powerful senator steeped in cronyism, the result is a "sleek, fast-paced, absorbing and very funny" ("Vogue") exploration of money's corrosive effect on politics. See "Kings" at Segerstrom Stage, South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa. [less-]

"South Pacific": See the Broadway Musical Fave

at Westminster Community Playhouse, Westminster
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Fri, May 10
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FULL PRICE: $25
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With its hothouse of emotions, lush melodies and ever-timely commentary on racial tolerance, "South Pacific" steams up the stage as both a romantic musical and a deeply felt drama. As Americans statio... [more+]

With its hothouse of emotions, lush melodies and ever-timely commentary on racial tolerance, "South Pacific" steams up the stage as both a romantic musical and a deeply felt drama. As Americans stationed on an island paradise during World War II, a nurse and a GI both fall in love with island residents, but a culture clash threatens their relationships. Ultimately love wins out, but the dangers of war threaten their happy endings. The unforgettable Rodgers & Hammerstein score is filled with all-time faves like "Some Enchanted Evening," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair" and "Bali Ha'i." Both a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony winner, this Broadway classic now comes to the Westminster Community Playhouse. [less-]

"Fancy Nancy": Musical Based on the Best-Selling Kids' Book

at Chance Theater, Anaheim
OFFER DATES:
Fri, October 19
Sat, October 20
Sat, October 20
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The simply fabulous little girl whose choice of wardrobe leans towards feather boas, fairy wings and fuzzy slippers, "Fancy Nancy" stars in her very own fun-filled musical for kids, complete with grea... [more+]

The simply fabulous little girl whose choice of wardrobe leans towards feather boas, fairy wings and fuzzy slippers, "Fancy Nancy" stars in her very own fun-filled musical for kids, complete with great songs, clever lyrics and valuable lessons. Returning to the Chance Theater in Anaheim Hills and based on the best-selling children's books by Jane O'Connor, the show follows the always-posh Nancy and her friends as they prepare for their very first school recital. Nancy is positive that she'll be selected for the lead. But when another girl wins the coveted role, Nancy's stuck playing a dreary tree. But no matter, she's determined to bring some of her signature ooh-la-la to the mundane role. Stick around after the show for a photo and autograph session. [less-]

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