Orange County Theatre Reviews

CATS THE MUSICAL @ SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS – Review

(Photo by Matthew Murphy)

Written by Patrick Chavis 

Cats was, for nearly a decade, the longest-running Broadway show in history. Some of the songs in Cats are iconic. I’ve never seen Cats, but I found myself humming along to the tunes as if I’ve known them my entire life. Cats is playing now at the Segerstrom Centers for the Arts for a very short run of 6 nights. While this production will probably thrill the already initiated Cats fan. The spectacle of Cats can leave newbies a little confused with the direction of the story. Continue Reading

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Interview with Amberly Chamberlain Director of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot playing now @ Santa Ana College – PODCAST

(Art by Pedro Garcia) (Photos: Jaime Diaz)

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
by Stephen Adly Guirgis
A hilarious, poignant, thought-provoking work, boasting a zany cast of characters that asks one of the most plaguing questions in the Christian ideology: What happened to Judas Iscariot and should we care? Taken from the website. 

***For mature audience, due to strong language and subject matter***
Remaining performances:
Friday, April 5 at 7:30PM, Phillips Hall Theatre
Saturday, April 6 at 7:30PM, Phillips Hall Theatre
Sunday, April 7 at 6:30PM, Phillips Hall Theatre

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Canada Rocks : Come From Away @ Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

Even though Come From Away is set against the tragic backdrop of 9/11, it focuses more on the tension, feelings, and emotions of the time — as opposed to a more strait-laced recap of the period. The characters we see stranded in Canada remind us of the pain felt by all Americans at home and abroad alike. Yet even in tragedy, the characters were about to find a silver lining.   Continue Reading

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The Barber is In: Sweeney Todd is Back in Town @ South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa – Review

(photo by Jordan Kubat)

Written by Scotty Keister 

Chinese proverb: He who seeks revenge should remember to dig two graves.

The legend of Sweeney Todd is a long and storied one. Todd began life in the mid-19th century in a penny dreadful tale. In this original version Todd was a secondary character. He soon came to life in a stage version penned by George Dibdin Pitt. His legend continued throughout the 20th century in dozens of stage, film and television versions. Ultimately, when British playwright Christopher Bond created Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street in 1973, new life was breathed into Sweeney’s aging, bloodthirsty barber. The tale was fleshed out, making the story into more of a revenge tragedy, and not simply a bloody horror tale. This is the version that first brought Sweeney to Stephen Sondheim’s attention and led to him creating  what might be considered the ultimate edition in 1979. Continue Reading

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More Clown Please : William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night , or What You Will @ Fullerton Community College in Fullerton – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

As you become more familiar with Shakespeare’s works, you will soon find different trends and concepts explored more then once in different places.  I have always felt Twelfth Night to be the perfect example of this.  Twelfth Night is like a late night paper, the kind a brilliant but procrastinating student writes at the last second in order to graduate.  It’s creative, outside the box and probably a mixture of three or four old ideas–but who cares, because we need to pump out another play and I want to go to the bar!  What makes it even more hilarious, it’s also known under the title What You Will.  Shakespeare already knows he’s shot gunning out another play, but you have to admire his “you’re gonna love it because I’m Shakespeare” attitude.

Fullerton Community College’s production of Twelfth Night, directed by Tim Espinosa, is a unique and extremely comical rendition.  With masterful stage work, design, music and direction we witness a truly professional level throughout a large portion of the production.  The minor flaws with line delivery and a lack of energy at lengthily sustained moments are pretty much remedied in this brave new adaptation. Continue Reading

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