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Interview with Production Liaison Erin Kociela about Annie @ Peppertree Park in Tustin – Podcast

(photo courtesy: Sharyn Sakimoto)

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations.  She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. Taken from website. 

August 15 – 19 2017 

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The Understudy @ The Modjeska Playhouse in Lake Forest – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

Plays are a great medium for focusing on one subject. You’ve got a stage, actors, a few props and –potentially–maybe only a few scene changes. For the most part plays are very good at stripping away the excess of the exterior and uncovering the inter-workings of the people and ideas right in front of you.  Theresa Rebeck’s play The Understudy (running now at The Modjeska Playhouse) is one of those plays. However it tries to walk a tight rope between comedy and drama, with jokes that fail to bring laughs and dramatic moments which lack weight.     Continue Reading

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Food For Thought : Dinner With Friends @ The Costa Mesa Playhouse – Review

Written by Daniella Litvak 

 

Lily: We’re not gonna date them; we’re just gonna be friends with them.

Barney: That’s the couple’s version of dating.[1]

 

Dinner With Friends is Donald Margulies’ play about two very different married couples —Karen/Gabe and Tom/Beth.  These couples have been friends for a long time.  They’ve vacationed together, raised kids together, and of course shared many dinners together.  Karen and Gabe think all is well until one evening when Beth announces her and Tom’s marriage is over.  Now the four of them must face the consequences this bombshell leaves in its wake. Continue Reading

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Musical Theatre Orange County presents: The Little Mermaid @ PYLUSD Performing Arts Center in Plancentia – Review

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Written by Patrick Chavis 

Originally a Hans Christian Anderson story written in the 1800’s, The Little Mermaid underwent a serious revamping in 1989, courtesy of Disney. It created one of the most successful animate features in Disney filmography, while also cementing the title mermaid Ariel as one of their most popular princesses. There is no need for imagination here, Musical Theatre OC’s The Little Mermaid is Disney to the core.  The show posts a high production value–a fun familiar story and a mostly game cast with some minor direction issues. Continue Reading

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Shakespeare OC presents: The Tempest @ Strawberry Bowl in Garden Grove – Review

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Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

In order for a story about magic to have an impact on its audience, we obviously need Hollywood level special effects and an eight million dollar budget involved, right?  False.  I know this because I just saw Shakespeare/Summerfest’s production of The Tempest, and while I will not presume to make statements about their budget, I can say that while I initially considered magic and special effects necessary to make this story enjoyable, I have now been otherwise educated through this more spiritual take on the material. Continue Reading

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