Orange County Theatre Reviews

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Chess: the musical @ Irvine Barclay Theatre in Irvine – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

We’re in a politically charged climate and UCI has elected to put on Chess the musical.  While I have heard of Chess, before tonight I had not heard any of the score, nor had I read up on the synopsis–I walked in blind.  Believe it or not I kind of thought it might be in the same vein as the “Putnam Spelling Bee” musical–I was wrong.  So very wrong.  Chess could not be more dramatic if it tried, and it really really tries.  Continue Reading

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Gem of the Ocean @ South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa – Review

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Written by Patrick Chavis 

Gem of the Ocean, now playing at South Coast Repertory, is the first play in a 10-play series by August Wilson, which covers every single decade of the twentieth century.  These plays were not written in order, nor was Gem of the Ocean the first play written. Regardless, all of them demonstrate Wilson’s talent for getting to the point of serious issues –predominantly African-American issues but a few other topics as well –while also creating dramatic, honest and entertaining theatre.  South Coast Repertory’s rendition of this classic play is a strong production, but more importantly, its lessons about what is right, wrong, and truthful are still incredibly relevant more than a decade later.   Continue Reading

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Secret in the Wings @ Fullerton Union High School – Review

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Written by Daniella Litvak 

Of all the plays I have had the privilege of reviewing this year, Secret in the Wings is by far the most unconventional.  This quality is a double edged sword.  On the one hand we are being treated to stunning visuals and some hysterical moments of black comedy.  On the other it leads to muddled and repetitive storytelling.  It is an interesting, unnerving theatrical experience. Continue Reading

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The Woman in Black @ STAGEStheatre in Fullerton – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis

October is the time of the year for themed plays –particularly horror themed. Sadly, the horror genre is not all that popular in the modern theatre scene –at least with standard plays. However, I’m noticing some real horror innovations in Immersive Theatre these days. Usually when people want to put on a horror play, we are taken back to the classics. One of these classics is The Woman in Black. It’s so popular the play opened in 1989 and has consistently run for 28 years, which makes it one of the longest running West End (London Theatre) shows ever. This two-hander play is a slow burning thriller with an old-school approach to horror (they take a long time to do anything). While the cast and overall stage work in this production is well executed in many areas, the long, (unfortunately) necessary, expository monologues in this play does drain some of the plot’s forward momentum and demands its audience to be very patient theatre goers. Still it’s a classic for a reason and a good study on some of the basics of the genre. Continue Reading

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