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License to Ill – OCcentric New Play Festival Presents : Grace Note @ Chapman University – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Stories with mentally ill people have a good track record with me.  Let me be clearer –I have yet to come across a story featuring a (potentially) mentally ill person failing to capture my undivided attention before the show is over.  Robert Riemer’s Grace Note is no different.  What starts out as a somewhat bland family narrative successfully becomes a dark comedy about life, death, and reality as we know it.

Our family is made up of Mama, Dad, Chris, and Michael.  Mom is sweet but a bit dippy. Dad is gruff but a bit loopy. Chris is seemingly

Family reunion: Christopher (Tyler Koster) is back in town, off the streets, escaped from ... Abyssinia? ... and home with Mom (Jennifer Novak Chun) and Dad (Paul Thomas Arnold) in Grace Note. | Photo by Stephen Rack

Family reunion: Christopher (Tyler Koster) is back in town, off the streets, escaped from … Abyssinia? … and home with Mom (Jennifer Novak Chun) and Dad (Paul Thomas Arnold) in Grace Note. | Photo by Stephen Rack

damaged beyond repair.  Meanwhile Michael is nice, friendly, helpful, and everything a loving son should be.  Chris arrives home after taking a long period of absence with his brother Michael’s girlfriend Lauren.  Dad’s drinking buddy Norman stops by, and despite their alleged friendship, takes continual pleasure in making Dad feel like crap.  As the night wears on we find ourselves on an assortment of twisted paths made up of truth, lies, and that mysterious gray area, which is neither lunacy nor sanity. Continue Reading

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AMB Theatre Podcast #18 presented by OCR – Little Women @ Costa Mesa Playhouse in Costa Mesa

 

May 29 – Jun 28 2015

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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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Playwright Nicolas Juarez goes back to High School – Whisper All The Time @ Estancia High School in Costa Mesa

Written by Patrick Chavis 

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I met play-write Nick Juarez last weekend inside a mobile home record store in the middle of the hyper-hipster paradise known as “The LAB” nestled in Costa Mesa, California. I’d never met Nick before but he was the only person in the trailer, so I took a guess and he greeted me nicely. We walked from the record store to a table near the middle of the Anti-mall. I started the interview by trying to get more information about the guy.  Who is Nick? What inspires him to write? But he just didn’t seem interested in himself.  Instead he focused on the kids in his new play Whisper all the Time and Estancia High School, the place that made him who he is today. Continue Reading

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