Orange County Theatre Reviews

SURREALISM OF THE HEART : Fullerton Playwright Matthew Hayashi

(photo credit: Matthew M. Hayashi and Gennie Kauper)

Written by Patrick Chavis 

I reviewed the World Premiere of Sustained Release at the Larking House somewhere in Anaheim in early December — December 8th, if I’m remembering correctly. It was opening night, and I was aware the play was taking place in a garage and not some theater, not even a small theater. This is where someone eats and sleeps, and you must be guided to the bathroom before the show. I sat down in this garage, the lights went off, and there it was – a new place, a new story, and the best seat in the house. Continue Reading

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Misery @ Maverick Theatre in Fullerton – Review

photo credit: Jessica Peralta

Written by Patrick Chavis

Stephen King is one of today’s most prolific and successful horror writers. His influence on pop culture, film, television, and even theatre, is undeniable regardless of whether you enjoy his work. Despite a vast catalog of work, Misery stands out as a high watermark in suspense and drama. Misery is not a play you can take lightly. It’s incredibly challenging material, especially as related to the lead role of Annie Wilkes (Alli Maier). There are echoes of greatness in this production, but it ultimately settles for good with a performance that lacks the intensity this character sorely needs. Continue Reading

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The Eighth Wonder of the World King Kong @ The Maverick Theatre – Review

(photo credit: Austin Bauman)

Written by Patrick Chavis

You’ve seen the giant monster ape, King Kong, on the big screen. You’ve seen him fight the King of Monsters, Godzilla, but you’ve never seen The Eighth Wonder of the World like this on the big screen and stage simultaneously. The Maverick Theatre puts on its third production of this original adapted production of King Kong, continuing to innovate on its experimental blend of cinematic and theatrical style. The Maverick, for years, has been carving out its own lane in the SoCal theatre world, and Kong, without a doubt, is King at the moment. Continue Reading

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