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Deep Dark Reindeer Secrets : The Eight Reindeer Monologues @ The Chance Theatre in Anaheim – Review

Written by Scotty Keister 

Who knew the reindeer were so disgruntled? But considering the secrets we find out about the real Santa (not to mention his wife) in The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, it’s no freaking wonder. It’s also no wonder this is the 12th year the Chance Theater has brought this show back for Christmas. For those seeking out a particularly irreverent holiday show, they need seek no further. Continue Reading

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Christmas Is Here Again @ Vanguard Uni in Costa Mesa – Review

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Holiday Humor : David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries & Season’s Greetings @ Modjeska Playhouse in Lake Forest – Review

Written by Daniella Litvak

The holiday season inevitably stirs up a lot of emotions.  Right now, I’m nostalgic, remembering the time a friend gave me a book tiled Holidays On Ice and thereby, introducing me to the world of humorist David Sedaris.  I have read other Sedaris works since then, but Holidays On Ice has stuck with me the most, probably because it features my favorite Sedaris authored work, “SantaLand Diaries.”

Admittedly choosing “SantaLand Diaries” as my favorite is not a surprising choice.  Back in 1992 Sedaris was an unknown artist until the day he made, “his comic début on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, reading ‘SantaLand Diaries.”[1]  Sedaris was a hit, and that reading became Sedaris’ springboard to a prolific career, which includes several published books, two Grammy Award nominations, and a stage adaptation of the “SantaLand Diaries” combined with “Season’s Greetings to Our Friends and Family!!!” (another selection from Holidays On Ice) titled The SantaLand Diaries & Season’s Greetings. Continue Reading

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AMB Theatre Podcast #40 presented by OCR : The Holiday GEM @ The Gem Theatre in Garden Grove – Podcast

The celebration begins with a journey into the magical world of Christmas Fantasy Land, where you’ll discover that anything is possible as long as you believe. Featuring well-known standards and contemporary holiday classics that are sure to fill you with the spirit of the season. Enjoy favorites such as Winter Wonderland, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Baby It’s Cold Outside and Sleigh Ride as you’ve never heard them before.

The magic continues when the second act curtain opens to reveal a breathtaking scene reminiscent of Victorian England from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Dressed elegantly in ball gowns and top hats and tails, the cast brings to life the traditional songs of the season including Carol of the Bells, White Christmas, Do You Hear What I Hear andSilent Night. Taken from the gem theatre Website

November 27 – December 20, 2015

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Christmas Carol @ Musical Theatre Village in Irvine – Review

scrooge

Courtesy : Musical Theatre Village

Written by Patrick Chavis

Christmas time is over but that doesn’t stop the influx of Christmas plays, especially that Classic Charles Dickson play, A Christmas Carol (we reviewed three this year but couldn’t make them all). I’ve seen the movies, watched the plays, seen the Christmas straight to TV versions. There is definitely no shortage of creative versions here. Musical Theatre Villages version, entitled ‘Scrooge’ is a welcome addition to the every-growing lexicon of Christmas Carol adaptions with catchy music, exceptional performances by a few and a fun-filled laid back spirit that makes this a perfect show for the entire family. Continue Reading

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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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