Orange County Theatre Reviews

Orange Curtain Review Awards

2019

Best Shows

1. skylight @ Chance Theater

2. Poor Yella Rednecks @ South Coast Repertory

3. Zoot Suit @ Shakespeare OC

4. 1776 @ La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

5. Photograph 51 @ South Coast Repertory 

Runner up: American Mariachi @ South Coast Repertory 

 

Best Musical

1776 @ LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

 

BEST ORIGINAL ORANGE COUNTY SHOW

STRONG ARM @ WAYWARD ARTIST 

 

BEST ENSEMBLE 

1776 @ LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

 

BEST DIRECTOR 

Oanh Nguyen SKYLIGHT @ CHANCE THEATER

RUNNER UP: JEFF LOWE ALCHEMY THEATRE COMPANY’S  PUFF @ STAGEStheatre

 

Best Set 

Next to Normal @ Wayward Artist 

 

Best Actor

Joseph Dunham (Hank Felton) Strong Arm @ Wayward Artist

 

Best Actress 

Jessica Erin Martin (Kyra) Skylight @ Chance Theater

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2018

The website took an awards hiatus in 2018. 

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2017

Best Shows

1. Moby Dick & Once @ South Coast Repertory

2. IN A WORD @ Chance Theater

3. MAN OF LA MANCHA @ La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts 

4. EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL @ MAVERICK THEATRE

5. MERCHANT OF VENICE @ STAGESTHEATRE  

Runner up: HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES @ NEWPORT THEATRE ARTS CENTER & A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM @ CURTIS THEATRE 

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2016

Best Shows 

1. Dogfight the musical @ Chance Theater

2. Hamlet @ Shakespeare OC 

3. Office hour @ South Coast Repertory  

4. A Chorus Line @ Chance Theater 

5. Torch Song Trilogy @ Theatre Out 

Runner up: Sex and Education @ The Laguna Playhouse 

 

Best Original Orange County Show

Monuments @ STAGESTHEATRE 

 

BEST COLLEGE SHOW

CLYBOURNE PARK @ UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE 

 

BEST DIRECTOR 

MATTHEW MCCRAY AND TAYLOR STEPHENSON Dogfight @ Chance Theater 

 

BEST SET 

EMPIRE THE MUSICAL @ La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

 

Best Actress

Ashley Arlene Nelson Dogfight @ Chance theater 

 

Best Actor 

Andrew James Villarreal Gruesome Playground Injuries @ Stagetheatre  

 

Best Young Actor

Adrian Villegas The Producers @ Huntington Beach Academy of the performing arts 

 

Best Young Actress

Erica Jackson  Dog Sees god and absolute turkey @ Stagestheatre

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2015

Best Shows 

1. Loch ness a new musical @ chance theater 

2. abundance @ South Coast Repertory 

3. avenue q @ maverick theatre 

4. As you like it @ Shakespeare oc 

5. marriage of bette and boo @ costa mesa playhouse 

Runner up: high fidelity the musical @ The Curtis Theatre 

 

BEST ORIGINAL ORANGE COUNTY SHOW

GRACE NOTE @ OC-CENTRIC NEW PLAY FESTIVAL

 

BEST COLLEGE SHOW

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S TWELFTH NIGHT, OR WHAT

YOU WILL – FULLERTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Runner up: Carrie The Musical @ Cal State University, Fullerton 

 

BEST COSTUME

CYRANO DE BERGERAC @ MAVERICK THEATRE & THE ADDAMS FAMILY: A NEW MUSICAL COMEDY @ 3D THEATRICALS 

 

BEST SET

KISS ME KATE @ VANGUARD UNIVERSITY 

RUNNER UP: THE DRAGON PLAY @ CHANCE THEATER

 

BEST DIRECTOR

PETER URIBE As you like it & Pirates of Penzance @ Shakespeare OC

 

Best Actor

NATHAN MAKARYK Cyrano De Bergerac @ Maverick THeatre

 

Best Actress 

JULIA CASSANDRA SMITH Loch ness The Musial @ Chance Theater  

 

Best Young Actor 

Timothy Bright Twelfth Night @ Fullerton Community College  

 

Best Young Actress

Sarah McGuire The Miracle Worker @ Attic Theater

 

 

 

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