Orange County Theatre Reviews

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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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Shout Out to the Talented OC Set and Costume Designers

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Written by Patrick Chavis 

Every year the OCR crew and I dedicate a lot of time to promoting our love for theatre (though nowhere near as much time as the people on stage or back stage of the performances we watch), which includes creating an annual magazine covering the theatre community in Orange County, CA.  So far we’ve released two magazines, which are free to the community.   Though the issues are not perfect we are pretty proud of what we’ve accomplished in the last two years. That being said, there is still room for improvement, and after being notified by a very trusted source, I’ve realized in the last two editions of OCR Magazine when we listed our favorite Set Designs and Costumes each year, we have forgotten to actually mention the people creating the sets and putting together the clothes, a huge misstep on my part, which will be rectified in future OCR Magazine editions and our regular reviews.  To start things off, see below for a list of the great designers whose work we marveled over during the past two years. For a full free copy of both magazines download a free copy @ http://theorangecurtainrev.com/magazine/  Continue Reading

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Hamlet Goes Gangster : American Coast Theater Company Presents Hamlet @ Vanguard University in Costa Mesa – Review

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Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Many if not most leading characters in successful fiction today have qualities that endear them to the viewer, making them desirable as friends, lovers, or both.  But before there was all that nonsense about actually liking the star, there was someone else–there was Hamlet.  An angst filled Danish prince forever brooding about his castle, Hamlet is often described with words like “depressed” “whiny” and “cowardly”. As a result he has many times been the target of viewers’/readers’ scorn, derision, and annoyance.   In contrast with this is the portrayal from American Coast Theater Company’s Hamlet.  The young prince here is heavily sarcastic, bitter, and volatile. Not really likable or sympathetic, but he has an energy that is strange enough to keep you hooked.   Continue Reading

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Bonnie and Clyde The Musical @ Curtis Theatre – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

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Bonnie & Clyde (1967) Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway

Bonnie and Clyde are no strangers to the spotlight.  Although I am certain not everyone knows exactly who they were and what they did, their names are forever linked with a certain sense of notoriety and tragedy.  Now, I remember meeting an older gentleman who expressed frustration that a movie like the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde would be made considering the nature of the subject matter (he viewed the couple as contemptible and any film featuring them to be needless glorification of thuggery). Had he watched the Curtis Theatre’s production of the Broadway musical Bonnie and Clyde, he might have noticed that glorification of criminality occurs at a minimum.  The show is much more about the title characters’ relationship than it is about how exciting it is to rob banks.  And the story of that relationship is played up well enough to be more exciting than any bank robbery any day. Continue Reading

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