Orange County Theatre Reviews

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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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Bang, Bang : Postmortem @ Newport Theatre Arts Center in Newport Beach – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

Postmortem fits in quite well with the paradigm of  the mystery play.  It follows the rules of a typical mystery to the tee.  On one hand, following tradition allows for wonderful dialogue and drama.  However, the traditional mystery structure also has weaknesses and when a show’s direction is almost none existent, the weaknesses become very obvious.  Even avid lovers of mystery theatre will have a hard time enjoying the Newport Theatre Arts Center’s production of Postmortem.  The stakes are so low, the authentic gun shots used in the play may be the only thing keeping your attention on the stage. 

The year is 1922.  Our protagonist, William Gillette, is not a detective but merely an actor who has become famous for playing a detective.  Whereas some leave the acting fantasy for the script, Gillette fancies himself a detective on and off the stage.  With his intentions shrouded in mystery, Gillette invites guests to an isolated mansion (because that makes it creepy) to perform a séance. Continue Reading

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Get Cartier @ Gourmet Detective in Newport Beach – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

2014-11-08 22.02.22

photo : Patrick Chavis

A night of murder, humor, and intrigue. In “Get Cartier” we are witnesses to the before and after affects of the murder of a wealthy man. In this dinner theater performance,  the audience gets to play the part of the deceased’s dinner guests. The experience will leave you with a wonderful night to remember but hardcore theatre devotees, might find it a little too cliche and devoid of enough actual storyline and passion to make for a fulfilling mystery. Continue Reading

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