Orange County Theatre Reviews

CATS THE MUSICAL @ SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS – Review

(Photo by Matthew Murphy)

Written by Patrick Chavis 

Cats was, for nearly a decade, the longest-running Broadway show in history. Some of the songs in Cats are iconic. I’ve never seen Cats, but I found myself humming along to the tunes as if I’ve known them my entire life. Cats is playing now at the Segerstrom Centers for the Arts for a very short run of 6 nights. While this production will probably thrill the already initiated Cats fan. The spectacle of Cats can leave newbies a little confused with the direction of the story. Continue Reading

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Interview with Amberly Chamberlain Director of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot playing now @ Santa Ana College – PODCAST

(Art by Pedro Garcia) (Photos: Jaime Diaz)

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
by Stephen Adly Guirgis
A hilarious, poignant, thought-provoking work, boasting a zany cast of characters that asks one of the most plaguing questions in the Christian ideology: What happened to Judas Iscariot and should we care? Taken from the website. 

***For mature audience, due to strong language and subject matter***
Remaining performances:
Friday, April 5 at 7:30PM, Phillips Hall Theatre
Saturday, April 6 at 7:30PM, Phillips Hall Theatre
Sunday, April 7 at 6:30PM, Phillips Hall Theatre

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You’re Trapped Underground! : Floyd Collins The Musical @ Newport Theatre Arts Center in Newport Beach – Review

(photo credit: Ron Yee)

Written by Scotty Keister 

Spelunking, or the exploring of caves, seems to be an odd topic for a stage musical. Floyd Collins, based on the true story of a Kentucky man stuck underground for seventeen days in 1925, proves a little too odd to be a complete success. The musical, now running at the Newport Theater Arts Center, is a handsomely produced show featuring a remarkable set design and solid performances, but there is something missing in the play itself. Continue Reading

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Maple and Vine @ STAGEStheatre In Fullerton- Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

There’s science fiction –stories set in the future depicting what humans might do or where they might someday go. Then we also have historical narratives, which explore what happened in humanity’s past. In Maple and Vine we sort of have a combination of both genres.  The characters are frustrated with modern living and explore the possibilities of living a simpler 1950s-like lifestyle in a private community.   Continue Reading

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Life Under A Microscope : Photograph 51 @ South Coast Repertory – Review

(Photo by Jordan Kubat/SCR)

Written by Patrick Chavis 

Photograph 51, a production currently at the South Coast Repertory, approaches the autobiographical drama in a new and innovative way.  While the audience puts Rosalind Franklin’s life under a microscope, Franklin uses a lens as well in her — groundbreaking — work of discovering the structure of DNA in this sophisticated meta-narrative. Continue Reading

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Blues in the Night @ Laguna Playhouse – Review

(PHOTO CREDIT:  Ed Krieger)

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Make of this what you will, but to me, the “blues” was only something that plays in the background while at restaurants (quietly of course so as not to distract from the table chatter).  I couldn’t help but feel underwhelmed at the prospect of spending an evening attending a show called Blues In The Night.  Yet once the show began, my biases were proven completely unfounded. Almost against my will, I was lured into the music and into the lives of the characters onstage.  Though I wouldn’t necessarily describe it as ‘riveting’ all the way through, Blues In The Night varies in range, tempo, and soul.  It is one of the most pleasant surprises I have had in a while. Continue Reading

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