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Rogue Artist Ensemble Presents : Wood Boy Dog Fish @ The Bootleg Theatre in Los Angeles – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Geppetto (Ben Messmer) and Puppet (Rudy Martinez, with puppeteers Lisa Dring and Mark Royston). Photo by Chelsea Sutton

Geppetto (Ben Messmer) and
Puppet (Rudy Martinez, with
puppeteers Lisa Dring and Mark Royston).
Photo by Chelsea Sutton

There is something comforting about knowing you are about to hear a story with magic.  Fairy tales are a huge part of our culture, and some of them are more engrained in the collective Bank of Childhood Memories than others.  This can be attributed to the might of one Walt Disney.  Disney took already famed tales and made them even more mainstream, doing various touch ups here and there on his scripts to make them more appealing in cartoon form.  Pinocchio is one of these stories.  Most people know all about the wooden puppet who longs to be a real boy and his devoted companion Jiminy Cricket.  So it would be nothing short of weird to hear our beloved marionette and his friends curse (as this is an adult production) and make sexual references (again, this is an ADULT PRODUCTION. FOR ADULTS).  Nevertheless this is what happens in Rogue Artists Ensemble’s production of Wood Boy Dog Fish. Continue Reading

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The Darkest Family Matters -The Marriage of Bette and Boo @ Costa Mesa Playhouse in Costa Mesa – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Indeed, a great many comedians today have proven that political and social issues can create the groundwork for sheer hilarity.   But I think matching the humor that numerous comedians bring to the table is especially difficult when attempting to do it in the form of storytelling. Black humor can be dated, it can hit too close to home, it can be so strange it doesn’t make sense in the context of the actual plot, but someway…somehow…The Marriage of Bette and Boo as done by Costa Mesa Playhouse hits just the right tone.  Continue Reading

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Future is Looking Good : Whisper All the Time @ Estancia High School in Costa Mesa – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

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Photo Courtesy : Estancia High School

It had wit, heartfelt emotion, and well-developed characters that are brought to life successfully by some really good actors who just happen to still be in high school. With a well written and hilarious script, Whisper all the Time at Estancia High School in Costa Mesa succeeds in telling the story of troubled family looking to reconnect — you won’t mind, that the adults look sixteen (they’re that good). Continue Reading

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