Orange County Theatre Reviews

Misery @ Maverick Theatre in Fullerton – Review

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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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Ju1ce One Act Plays by OC Playwrights @ Wayward Artist – Review

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Written by Patrick Chavis

JU1CE, for one weekend only, is a theatrical event where eight — yes eight — unique plays are presented by different Orange County, California playwrights. Orange County isn’t the only connection. The event has a theme, and the theme is communication in the past, present, and future. While these are eight independent stories, it’s bundled as one night of theater. So, I will score each play individually and take the overall average of the night.

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EMOTIONAL OVERLOAD : Playwright Baylee Shlichtman

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Written by Patrick Chavis

Emotional Overload: Playwright Baylee Shlichtman

I met playwright Baylee Shlichtman for the first time in real life (IRL) at one of the tables in the 4th Street Market, a popular food hall smack dab in the center of historic downtown Santa Ana. Baylee considers herself a Santa Ana playwright, so I thought the setting would be fitting. I’m also a fan of the stalls at 4th street, so why not? I was hungry. Continue Reading

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Rose Center Theatre presents: A Christmas Carol – Review

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Written by Patrick Chavis

A Christmas Carol is playing now at the Rose Center Theatre on Dec 2 – 4 & 15 – 18. Rose Center Theatre’s production boasts a large cast of spirited dancers and singers with excellent choreography and performances. On the other hand, the extra background effects can be more distracting than necessary in this production. Continue Reading

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