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Orange @ South Coast Repertory – Review

(Photo by ​Debora Robinson/SCR)

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

There is not a single person on earth who has never felt loneliness.  Most people, I am fairly certain, have had a desire to go off and do something wild, wonderful, exciting, or to simply put it –have an adventure.  If either of my assertions are wrong, you are welcome to correct me (since I am not you, I will have to take your word for it.)  Still I rather think I am right. It is part of humanity’s history and condition to desire companionship and excitement in some form or another.  Aditi Brennan Kapil’s Orange over at the South Coast Repertory is one of the finest depictions of these desires in the modern day.  Set right here in Orange County, Orange is exciting, funny, and compassionate in all the right ways.  It’s also complex enough to keep you alert and ready for more the entire time. Continue Reading

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AMB Theatre Podcast #33 presented by OCR – A Bright New Boise @ The Chance Theatre in Anaheim – Podcast

A gentle and fractured man — who has recently had his world forcibly turned upside-down. Will looks to the white walls and florescent lighting of Boise’s Hobby Lobby to provide him with a new job and, hopefully, a fresh start. What starts off innocently with Will getting to know the eclectically goofy group of employees, quickly begins to unravel as the truth about his past is revealed…. and his true motivation for returning to Boise threatens to change all their lives. Taken from the Chance Theatre website

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Dancing at Lughnasa @ CSUF in Fullerton – Review

Written by Zack Johnston 

(Photo Courtesy of CSUF College of The Arts)

For the dense slice-of-life story Dancing at Lughnasa, it can be understandably tricky to create an entirely captivating production. While Cal State Fullerton’s production of the Irish drama fails to engage in compelling storytelling, it succeeds in some of its performance and technical aspects.

Set in Donegal, Ireland in 1936, the humble Mundy siblings struggle to maintain their household while different obstacles threaten their stability. With an absent father, an ill-minded brother and the household’s main source of income on the line, the five Mundy sisters must find a balance between pleasure and discipline. Continue Reading

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New Show – OCR Presents : Advanced Drama with Aj Rafael

Written by Patrick Chavis & Alina Mae Wilson 

Announcement!   The Orange Curtain Review presents our newest collaboration, Advanced Drama with AJ Rafael.

 AJ Rafael is known for performing covers and original songs on his YouTube channel.  His full-length album, Red Roses, was released in 2011.  Since then he has continued to make new music and videos. 

AJ’s love of musical theatre drove him to create the YouTube channel Advanced Drama, which focuses on music from that genre.  As of 2015 AJ has joined with the Orange Curtain Review to perform with different theatre artists in the O.C. area. We couldn’t be happier to have AJ on aboard. Look out for his new show on our website theorangecurtainrev.com in our Shows & Columns section.  

Below are the first two episodes.   Watch AJ performwith Julia Cassandra Smith, who has performed in Anaheim’s Chance Theatre’s productions of In the Heights and (most recently) Loch Ness: A New Musical.  Together they both perform “Seventeen” from Heathers and Hey #1 #2 #3 Medley”  from Next to Normal. Continue Reading

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Bickering Royalty : The Lion In Winter @ Costa Mesa Playhouse in Costa Mesa – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

New way, new day, new play—new things abound.  I had not seen this play before.  Although the name is something I’ve heard often enough.  Costa Mesa Playhouse is currently running The Lion in Winter –an impressive title if ever there was one.  (The Chronicles of Narnia can just step aside because the war of the titles is over).  The storyline is about a king and his captive queen living in a castle while their three sons argue and scheme to inherit the throne.  It’s a basic story with what turns out to be some great characters, but the acting is not as impressive.

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