Orange County Theatre Reviews

fullerton, Review, Stagestheatre, Theater, Uncategorized Comments Off on Maple and Vine @ STAGEStheatre In Fullerton- Review |

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

Read more

fullerton, Review, Stagestheatre, Theater, Uncategorized Comments Off on Raised in Captivity @ STAGEStheatre in Fullerton – Review |

Raised in Captivity @ STAGEStheatre in Fullerton – Review

Written by Daniella Litvak 

You know that famous Tolstoy quote — it’s in the opening line to Anna Karenina, and it goes, “All happy families are like one another; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”  Seeing STAGEStheatre’s production of playwright Nicky Silver’s Raised in Captivity reminded me just how true that quote really is.   Continue Reading

Read more

fullerton, Press Releases, Stagestheatre Comments Off on It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Comes Home to STAGEStheatre for the Holidays |

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Comes Home to STAGEStheatre for the Holidays

Fullerton CA—There aren’t many things that signal the beginning of the holiday season quite like watching It’s a Wonderful Life.  STAGEStheatre is proud to kick off the holiday season with the adaptation of this heartwarming classic. In Joe Landry’s adaptation, Its a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play it’s December 24, 1946 in Studio A at WSTG Radio and a cast of actors are preparing to present Its a Wonderful Life live to their listening audience. With the help of a pianist and a sound effects artist, the ensemble recreates the story of George Bailey, a young man whose dreams of traveling the world are thwarted by his sense of responsibility to the family business. Down on his luck, George Bailey, a compassionate yet disheartened businessman, is at the end of his rope, questioning his purpose in life. Just when he comes to believe that life is not worth the effort, some divine intervention allows him to see the way that his life has affected all those he loves, and he learns what his life is really worth.  Continue Reading

Read more

fullerton, Review, Stagestheatre, Uncategorized Comments Off on The 39 Steps is a Galloping Good Time @ STAGEStheatre in Fullerton – Review |

The 39 Steps is a Galloping Good Time @ STAGEStheatre in Fullerton – Review

Scotty Keister 

Patrick Barlow’s madcap adaptation of the 1935 Hitchcock thriller, “The 39 Steps” (from the novel by John Buchan) seems like it’s getting staged a lot these days, and that’s easy to understand. It requires very few props, no scenery, only four actors, and when done well, it’s a freaking hoot. Stages Theatre takes on the task and succeeds admirably about 97% of the time. The unique aspect to this show is, it not only is slapstick, abstract and always on the move, but it actually has a recognizable mystery plot, a genuine character arc and a nifty surprise ending, very true to Hitchcock. This production features four adept and funny performers, some silly and hysterical ideas from director Jill Johnson and onstage piano accompaniment by Jeffrey Larson, which helps to cover some of the slower scene changes. In this show, any pause longer than 5 seconds seems like a lifetime. The pace is that frenetic. Continue Reading

Read more

fullerton, interview, podcast, Stagestheatre, Uncategorized Comments Off on AMB Theatre Podcast #14 presented by OCR – House of Yes @ STAGEStheatre in Fullerton 5/2015 |