Orange County Theatre Reviews

Hairspray is Dated : Hairspray @ Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach – Review

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Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Good news everyone, obesity cures racism.  We’ve done it.  All this time we thought racism was a result of historical and societal pressures placed on individuals and cultures in masse to keep the power hierarchy in check, but it turns out it was just one or two bad people the whole time.  All you need is one fat hero to step in and save the day, and everything else will just fall in place.  As if you needed to be told, I am talking about the musical Hairspray, currently playing in all its creamy and gelatinous glory over at the Laguna Playhouse. Continue Reading

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Totally 80’s – The Wedding Singer : The Musical @ The GEM Theater in Garden Grove – Review

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Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

I’ve given it some real consideration, and I think everyone should try to see a comedy semi-regularly –something fun and lighthearted.  If it’s a musical then go ahead and consider that a bonus.  The world is overflowing with dark and edgy stories about tragedy and pain, so for gosh sake LIGHTEN UP! One way to do that would be to see the Gem Theater’s current production of The Wedding Singer. Continue Reading

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The Merchant of Venice @ STAGEStheatre in Fullerton – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Nothing says summer like Shakespeare –am I right?  Of course I’m right.  Theater upon theater, stage upon stage, and actor upon actor are racing to prepare elegant monologues for the benefit of theater goers all over this luscious orb we call Earth.  Ok, I might be exaggerating.  However, the fact remains that the season for Shakespeare is here, so it’s inevitable that we’ll be seeing more than one.  The first in the lineup is STAGEStheatre with their production of The Merchant of Venice and HOLY TOLEDO have they set the bar high.  I do not recall the last time I wished to see The Merchant of Venice twice. Continue Reading

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American Coast Theater Company Presents : The Beat Goes On @ Vanguard University in Costa Mesa – Review

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Written by Daniella Litvak 

Rock ‘n’ roll belongs to everyone, but the origin of The Beat Goes On belongs to Orange County. Back in 2014 Vanda Eggington created The Beat Goes On as a showcase for Vanguard University’s students. It was a hit. Now it’s back, but it’s not just a repeat of a previous success. This time The Beat Goes On is an American Coast Theater (the resident professional theater of Vanguard University) production. In addition to the professional upgrade, Eggington has also made some changes that include more material. Continue Reading

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Hollywood Fringe 2017: CHEEK (AND OTHER STORIES) @ Underground Annex Theatre in Hollywood – Review

While this show is going on at the Hollywood Fringe in Los Angeles. The show was actually created and Produced in Orange County. 

Best friends: We love them, we’d do anything for them, but sometimes, they can be an actual pain in the ass. Three comedic shorts explore the ups, downs and all arounds of best friendships through mischief, love, and the perfect tattoo.

June 17 – 24 2017 

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Story8.5
Acting10
Set & Design8
Costumes8.5
Entertainment9
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Calendar Girls @ Newport Theatre Arts Center – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

It is absolutely essential for a story to have conflict.  You cannot have a story without it.  Problems are what drive the narrative and keep us in the audience interested.  Sometimes the conflict is overt, abrupt, and slamming against your face the entire time you’re watching.  Sometimes it’s subtle.  Sometimes it’s too subtle.  Sometimes it’s so subtle you completely forget there was a conflict at all, only to be briefly reminded before a hasty resolution, and you walk out of the theater frustrated and exhausted because the show is so…darn…long.  In this instance, the show is called Calendar Girls. Continue Reading

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