Orange County Theatre Reviews

THE TOXIC AVENGER at Wayward Artist final weekend is CANCELED – NEWS

Taken from the press release:

I regret to inform you that the closing weekend of The Toxic Avenger is canceled. Unfortunately, a breakthrough case of Covid-19 has appeared in our team. Out of an abundance of caution, the remaining performances are being canceled. It is our hope that a final performance can be rescheduled once it is safe to do so. Our company is working diligently with the actors and creative team to see if this is possible. You will be the first to know. Patrons who purchased tickets for this weekend’s performance were emailed with instructions. If you were not contacted, please email info@thewaywardartist.org as soon as possible.

The wellness of our cast, crew and audiences is of the utmost importance. Everyone is deeply saddened by these recent events. We hope all who attend and participate in our shows remain healthy and safe. Thank you for your patience and understanding. I look forward to welcoming you back to our space very soon.

Craig Tyrl [he, his, him]

Artistic, Director, The Wayward Artist

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The Wayward Artist Presents : THE NETHER @ Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana – Review

(photo courtesy: Francis Gacad)

Written by Patrick Chavis

Disclaimer: This review and show covers mature themes.

The Wayward Artist opens its doors to the public for the first time in over a year with possibly one of their most risqué plays to date – The Nether written by Jennifer Haley. One of the play’s themes is pedophilia. I know this is a bridge too far for some, but this is why this play is advertised as a mature show for adults. So, if you’re not 18 and up, don’t come to this show.  Wayward Artist’s production of The Nether explores one potentially problematic features of a fully realized virtual world and its philosophical implications through a sci-fi, futuristic lens. Continue Reading

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Streamed performance: Ordinary Days @ The Wayward Artist Ensemble – Review

(Photo credit Francis Gacad)

Written by Patrick Chavis

Kimberly Tiongco (Deb) David Albulario (Warren)

It was night, and I found myself sitting in my silver Prius surrounded by all types of trucks and cars on top of the Mess Hall parking structure in Tustin, waiting for the premiere of Ordinary Days, a musical put on by the Wayward Artist Theater Ensemble and the Frida Cinema.  I’ve been to a drive-thru before, but this was definitely a different experience. The production is a mixture of live theater performance production with film cuts and cinematography seamlessly moving with the story and transitions. If you didn’t make the one-time drive-thru premiere, you could watch the same recorded performance streamed from the Wayward Artist website through August 7th. Continue Reading

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THE WORLD PREMIERE OF “FELIZ” Drive-Through & Streaming Information

Written by Patrick Chavis

Taken from the press release:

The play follows a Mexican- American family in Bakersfield, California filled with secrets of addiction, desire and identity. Within the world of Latinx magical realism, the family must finally face the truths they are all avoiding. “Feliz – An American Play” premieres on April 17, 2021 at 7 p.m. with a drive-in experience screened by The Frida Cinema.

The cast of “Feliz – An American Play” includes Moises Rodriguez as Augusto, Sheresade Poblet as Amanda, Miguel Torres Cruz as Joe, Jennifer Aguilar as Vicki, Isaac Ybarra as Eric, Roberta H. Martínez as Consuela, and Chayan Tavakoly as Sam.

Location:

Mess Hall Market at FLIGHT, 1705 Flight Way Tustin, CA 92782

Feliz – An American Play will have an online streaming event the week following the drive-in event.

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The Wayward Artist presents: God of Carnage @ Grand Central Arts Center in Santa Ana – Review

(photo courtesy: Jordan Kubat)

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

“God of Carnage” surprisingly, is not a myth about unclothed Spartans. It’s a lurid headline that brings to mind grisly images of battles led by a shirtless Gerard Butler, but funnily enough, there are no naked Grecians here to be found. Forced into close proximity by the violent actions of their own children, two very American, very “typical” couples show us that wrath lurks in the hearts of even the most refined among us. The Wayward Artists “God of Carnage” is a thought provoking show that pumps out a few shocks along the way.

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World Premiere: Strong Arm @ Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana – Review

Allie (Autumn Paramore)

photo courtesy: Jordan Kubat

Written by Patrick Chavis 

As the old saying goes — what was once old becomes new again.  I’ve heard this before, but I don’t remember who said it. The basic idea, though, is ideas from the past are always recycled.  When something is recycled or not original, you start noticing how that idea, that style seems to reverberate more. Sometimes there are good explanations for why these thoughts reverberate so much. Sometimes, there’s no explanation.  Still, as a theatre critic seeing these thoughts reverberate and become trends, it informs me of how storytelling has changed over the years.  These trends influence how I judge new material. This fact is a factor in everything I review.  Some shows make this more apparent than others. Continue Reading

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