Orange County Theatre Reviews

A Christmas Carol @ South Coast Repetory in Costa Mesa – Review

The cast of South Coast Repertory's 2013 production of A CHRISTM

photo courtesy : South Coast Repertory

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

What exactly is it that makes  a story and show stand the test of time? The obvious challenge in answering this question stems from the fact that each show is different and therefore entertains it’s audience in a different way.  In the case of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol the more arguable answer is the continued relevancy of the main character’s journey.  South Coast Repertory’s newest presentation of this iconic tale lives up to theatre goers’ expectations in most ways, bringing the play to you with both visual beauty and convincing acting. Continue Reading

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She Loves Me @ The Chance Theater in Anaheim – Review

All photos by Doug Catiller, True Image Studio

All photos by Doug Catiller, True Image Studio

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Welcome to the original “You’ve Got Mail”.  Oddly enough, I had no idea going into this show that that is what it is, but there you have it: You’ve Got Mail as set in Hungary in the 1930s.  And infinitely worthy of so much more recognition than that–this is one of the classier and more enjoyable romantic shows I have seen in years,  however I am fairly certain that this can be attributed more to the peppiness of the songs than to the originality of the script. Continue Reading

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Striking 12 @ The Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach – Review

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Photo Courtesy : Laguna Playhouse

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

There are so many different ways to impress an audience when telling a story.  Detailed sets and well made costumes can really get you in the right mood and whisk you away to the fantasy land of the creator’s choice.  Enhancement of the atmosphere is key.  Enhancing the atmosphere without the extravagant trimmings and elaborate details is exceptional.  For such an experience, one should attend Striking 12. Continue Reading

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Get Cartier @ Gourmet Detective in Newport Beach – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

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photo : Patrick Chavis

A night of murder, humor, and intrigue. In “Get Cartier” we are witnesses to the before and after affects of the murder of a wealthy man. In this dinner theater performance,  the audience gets to play the part of the deceased’s dinner guests. The experience will leave you with a wonderful night to remember but hardcore theatre devotees, might find it a little too cliche and devoid of enough actual storyline and passion to make for a fulfilling mystery. Continue Reading

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A Christmas Carol – Scrooge and Marley Together Again @ Mysterium Theatre in La Habra – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

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Photo Courtesy : Mysterium Theatre Chelsea Caracoza, Joseph Ott, Wilson Mizell, Hayley Jackson, Carolyn Zonana Royer

A Christmas Carol, the classic and possibly the original , “I hate Christmas/ now I love Christmas story”, was done once again at the Mysterium Theatre- this time in their new Locomotive location in the La Habra Depot Theatre. Although the play promotes the classic Christmas story from the perspective of the dearly departed Marley  (only friend of  notorious Christmas hater Ebenezer Scrooge) after the curtain closes it feels as though you’ve gone through a more condensed version, without any of the horror and back story that makes the original so effective. Continue Reading

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