Orange County Theatre Reviews

A Bronx Tale @ Stage Door Repertory – Review

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Written by Patrick Chavis

A Bronx Tale, the musical loosely based on actor Chazz Palminteri’s life growing up in the Bronx during the 1960s, had its Southern California premiere at the Stage Door Repertory in Anaheim. Stage Door’s production lacks the tightness and finesses a stripped-down musical version like A Bronx Tale needs. Even die-hard fans would have trouble rekindling old memories from the film or the original play that inspired it. Continue Reading

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Actually @ Wayward Artist in Santa Ana – Review

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Written by Patrick Chavis

I had the pleasure of seeing the world premiere of this play at the Geffen Playhouse about five years ago in 2017. At the time, I was impressed with the frank language and impressively drawn characters. What I didn’t know at the time was how well this story would age. It has aged like a fine wine, and it’s a warning about judging cases like this too rashly. Continue Reading

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Dancing at Lughnasa @ Costa Mesa Playhouse – Review

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Written by Daniella Litvak

You know how Game of Thrones has been described as The Sopranos meets Middle Earth and Breaking Bad as Goodbye, Mr. Chips meets Scarface?  If I had to play that game with Dancing at Lughnasa, I would say it is Pride and Prejudice meets Angela’s Ashes. Continue Reading

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