Orange County Theatre Reviews

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Wait Until Dark @ Camino Real Playhouse in San Juan Capistrano – Review

Written by Daniella Litvak 

A common complaint about movies and tv shows these days is that they devolve into overindulgent CGI-fests.  Sure, entire galaxies could be at stake or an endless horde of zombies could overrun humanity, but sometimes when the scope is so broad and the images are so over the top, the ability to connect with the story on an emotional level is lost.  Theater in general, and plays like Wait Until Dark in particular, are a great reminder of how stories with smaller stakes and more intimate settings can be far more intense than any blockbuster.     Continue Reading

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Bodice Ripper @ Camino Real Playhouse in San Juan Capistrano – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- it’s hard to do comedy, especially when they’re straight comedies. It’s also a type that’s lacking in Orange County Theatre, which isn’t to say it isn’t attempted.  There are a few successful improvisational comedy groups in the OC and every once in a while a show will come around that does the genre justice.  Using what I would describe as an awkward comedic plot structure, El Camino Real’s “Bodice Ripper” takes you on a weird roller coaster ride full of cheesy nonsensical dialogue, cleverly awkward situations and yes, it even makes you think (a little). Continue Reading

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Sherlock Holmes : The Maple Leaf Murder @ Camino Real Playhouse in San Juan Capistrano – Review

Patrick Chavis 

Sherlock Holmes is without a doubt the most famous detective in recognized detective fiction. Sherlock is an archetype of the brilliant but eccentric crime-solver. I say archetype because he’s been copied over as  different book characters to literal adaptions, to shows, and re-imaginings (see House).  In Sherlock Holmes and the Maple Leaf Killer, we find ourselves watching maybe the most Un-Sherlock Sherlock Holmes story imaginable–partly because the man is rarely there. This is actually the story of Sherlock’s protégés (not Watson) Oscar Dove and Busby. Can they solve the crime? Will the brave detectives survive? Or will the dangerously cold Canadian climate be too much for our heroes? Continue Reading

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