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It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Comes Home to STAGEStheatre for the Holidays

Fullerton CA—There aren’t many things that signal the beginning of the holiday season quite like watching It’s a Wonderful Life.  STAGEStheatre is proud to kick off the holiday season with the adaptation of this heartwarming classic. In Joe Landry’s adaptation, Its a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play it’s December 24, 1946 in Studio A at WSTG Radio and a cast of actors are preparing to present Its a Wonderful Life live to their listening audience. With the help of a pianist and a sound effects artist, the ensemble recreates the story of George Bailey, a young man whose dreams of traveling the world are thwarted by his sense of responsibility to the family business. Down on his luck, George Bailey, a compassionate yet disheartened businessman, is at the end of his rope, questioning his purpose in life. Just when he comes to believe that life is not worth the effort, some divine intervention allows him to see the way that his life has affected all those he loves, and he learns what his life is really worth.  Continue Reading

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(Spanish Version) Una Historia Bonita de Sangre : Blood Wedding @ Fullerton Community College in Fullerton – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Spanish Translation by Lesley Gonzalez 

Anoche fui a ver la producción de Federico García Lorca’s Blood Wedding, en Fullerton College. La trágica historia de Lorca de una boda horrible fue inspirada por recortes de periódicos del sur de España, y se nos hizo creer que Blood Wedding se produce en un lugar similar. Nosotros, en la audiencia somos transportados a otro tiempo, lugar, y cultura con el uso de dos idiomas en la narración de la historia. El diálogo que era una mezcla de español y ingles fue muy entretenido y efectivo, y en ocasiones un poco confuso, pero en final fue muy agradable.  Continue Reading

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Una Historia Bonita de Sangre : Blood Wedding @ Fullerton Community College in Fullerton – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Last night I went to see Fullerton College’s production of Federico Garcia Lorca’s Blood Wedding.  Lorca’s tragic tale of an ill-fated wedding got its inspiration from gruesome newspaper clippings from southern Spain, and we are led to believe Blood Wedding occurs in a similar location.  We in the audience are transported to another time, place, and culture through the use of dual-language storytelling techniques.  The back and forth dialogue of Spanish and English is entertaining and effective in telling a story that is, while occasionally confusing, ultimately enjoyable. Continue Reading

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Telekinetically Inclined : Carrie the Musical @ CSUF in Fullerton – Review

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(Top to Bottom) Brooke Aston as Margaret White and Madeline Ellingson as Carrie White Photo by Alvin Chiu.

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

In what is possibly the most logical decision a theatre department made this month, Cal State Fullerton has elected to put on Carrie the Musical.  With Halloween just around the corner it’s nice to have a spooky show to watch, and it’s even nicer to see a musical with some gore to shepherd in the holiday.  Stephen King’s 1974 novel Carrie has served as the inspiration for three films (and a horrible sequel),  and the picture of a girl drenched in blood is so iconic most people recall the image if not the actual story it originates from.  After a spectacular failure as a production on Broadway, many people thought Carrie the Musical was over for good until the Off-Broadway revival took a hatchet the original score and script.  Now Carrie the Musical is back with a vengeance, and Cal State Fullerton is bringing us their version of the telekinetic teen.  Of all the “scary” shows I have seen this is definitely one of the better ones. Continue Reading

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3D Theatricals presents : The Addams Family A New Musical Comedy @ The Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Here’s the thing–The Addams Family is old.  By kid’s standards, really old.  After being created by cartoonist Charles Addams in 1938, they decided to air the television series about the ghoulish family in 1964.    The premise of the show is mostly that some weird family living in a mansion consistently creeps out the neighbors with their non-traditional love of all things macabre, as well as some supernatural abilities that are never fully explained.  This was successful enough to warrant the creation of an Addams Family movie in 1991–which was in turn popular enough to warrant a sequel in 1993.  Some years later it was turned into a musical comedy and opened on Broadway in 2010.   3-D Theatricals current production of the show is cast absolutely perfectly, but the play itself is the problem.  It is built too heavily on the history of the Addams Family, and history does not entertain entire families. With a story so heavily geared towards people who are already fans, can this really qualify as a successful family show?   After seeing it Saturday night, I can’t help but say:  not really. Continue Reading

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