Orange County Theatre Reviews

Next to Normal @ Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana – Review

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The Wayward Artist is pleased to produce the pop/rock, hit musical ‘Next to Normal’! Join Diana Goodman and her family in their anything-but-normal suburban home. ‘Next to Normal’ explores the effects of extreme loss and the tolls mental illness can have on a modern-day family.

April 12 – 28, 2019 

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The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot @ Santa Ana College – Review

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Written by Patrick Chavis

After watching The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at Santa Ana College, I was reminded about not just the nature of drama but comedy as well.  Good drama — if not always then very often –requires comedy to lighten the load of the story especially when it comes to very difficult topics or subject matter. Comedy should balance the drama in a yin and yang sort of way so that comedic and dramatic parts of the play complement each other.  In this production, playing only one more weekend at the Phillips Hall in Santa Ana, the dramatic and comedic elements tended to fight each other instead of complementing the narrative.  Still,  there is plenty of meaty material coming from some very talented actors as well as some brave, enlightened scene staging.    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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Audition for A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS in Santa Ana – News

Auditions for children to play the dwarves in A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS at Westfield Main Place shopping Mall in Santa Ana on Sunday, October 4, 2015. With special guest judge, “So You Think You Can Dance” creator and judge Nigel Lythgoe.

Auditions will begin with sign in at 12pm 2800 N. Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92705. Be prepared to dance. A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS, directed by Chris Baldock, plays December 2-27 at the Laguna Playhouse. Michael Orland of “American Idol” will serve as musical director and Spencer Liff of “So You Think You Can Dance” and the current Broadway revival of Spring Awakening will serve as choreographer.

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Taken directly from the press release 

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Gidget Goes Psychotic : Psycho Beach Party @ Theatre Out in Santa Ana – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

Theatre Out is not modest about anything it does.  Even its name speaks to the transparency of its shows.  When directed in the right way, this can be a strength.  As I nestled down in my seat amongst a small audience divided into those wearing Hawaiian shirts and everyone else, I was bombarded with a scene by scene, in your face comedy that holds no punches and goes places that would make Andy Kaufman blush.  With an outstanding cast and breakout performances from the two (sort of) leading ladies, Psycho Beach Party leaves you a little bamboozled.  It might be the most brilliant or brainless show I’ve ever seen.  Whatever I just saw, I couldn’t look away.

Psycho Beach Party is the story of a mild mannered, slightly nerdy girl named Chicklet (Andrew J. Villarreal) who is trying to fit in with the beach crowd.  In her quest to become more popular, Chicklet casts aside her best friend Berdine (Alexis Stansfield) in order to get closer to two surfer dudes.  One is legendary surf bum Kanka (played by Ben Green), and the other is Kanka’s new apprentice Star Cat (played by Ian James).  As Chicklet gets closer to her new surfer pals, the audience learns she has a deep rooted identity disorder which causes her to unleash a myriad of different personalities at any given moment –the most dominant being a sexually aggressive dominatrix  type dubbed Ann Bowman. Continue Reading

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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum @ The Attic Theatre in Santa Ana – Review

Written by Daniella Litvak 

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum’s (hereafter referred to as “A Funny Thing”) opening number makes a lot of guarantees to its audience.  No kings will be grasping for crowns in this play.  There will be “Something for everyone.”  Most of all, no tragedy allowed because it’s a comedy.  Does this farce about Roman slave Pseudolus helping his master woo the girl next door (in exchange for his freedom) deliver on its promises? 

The first act’s pacing is not perfect.  Some plot points and character observations get repeated over and over again.  When the end of the act comes, it feels like the show could be wrapped up then and there with just a couple of extra minutes needed to tie up loose ends.  Fortunately, the second act averts this problem with a much better flow. Continue Reading

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