Orange County Theatre Reviews

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The Merry Wives of W.I.N.D.S.O.R @ Laguna Hills Community Center – Review

Written by Daniella Litvak 

Sir John Falstaff has always been one of the Bard’s most beloved characters.  Queen Elizabeth was such a fan she allegedly demanded Shakespeare write a play about Falstaff in love.  As with much of the information we have about Shakespeare, whether or not Queen Elizabeth actually ordered him to write such a story is debatable.  However, such a play does exist, and it’s called The Merry Wives of Windsor (hereinafter referred to as “Merry Wives”). Continue Reading

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The Ninth Annual OC-centric New Play Festival August 15-25, 2019

Taken from the press release: 

OC-centric, which has been awarded the honor of Orange County’s “Best New Play Festival” by the OC WEEKLY, is the only theatre festival fully producing new works from dramatists who live in or hail from Orange County, and it features actors and directors who have worked in theatres in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Orange County and the Inland Empire. This year’s festival (August 15-25, 2019) is devoted to one-acts, and you can see all four of them at each performance.

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Ragtime @ Chance Theater – Review

All photos by Doug Catiller, True Image Studio

Written by Patrick Chavis 

American stories, Chinese stories, even Jamaican stories — there are stories that’s don’t just define individuals but define a collective idea, collective identity or at the very least a strongly perceived identity.  Ragtime is a true American story because it explores the collective idea of America, the idea that anyone, no matter where you come from can make it in America.  Not only does it tell this story but the musical also challenges this idea of anyone can make it in America — highlighting the real-life obstacles put against immigrants, people of color, and adherents of different faiths.  To tell a story of this magnitude, any production of Ragtime needs a wide stage and big cast. Continue Reading

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World Premiere: Strong Arm @ Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana – Review

Allie (Autumn Paramore)

photo courtesy: Jordan Kubat

Written by Patrick Chavis 

As the old saying goes — what was once old becomes new again.  I’ve heard this before, but I don’t remember who said it. The basic idea, though, is ideas from the past are always recycled.  When something is recycled or not original, you start noticing how that idea, that style seems to reverberate more. Sometimes there are good explanations for why these thoughts reverberate so much. Sometimes, there’s no explanation.  Still, as a theatre critic seeing these thoughts reverberate and become trends, it informs me of how storytelling has changed over the years.  These trends influence how I judge new material. This fact is a factor in everything I review.  Some shows make this more apparent than others. Continue Reading

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