Orange County Theatre Reviews

Sense and Sensibility @ Costa Mesa Playhouse – Review

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Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Originally a novel by Jane Austen, the play Sense and Sensibility follows the lives of the Dashwood sisters as they maneuver the social complexities of the upper class in late 1700s England. While this play’s formal speech and historical realism begs a certain degree of patience and maturity in its’ viewer, Costa Mesa Playhouse’s production of Sense and Sensibility is heartfelt and sympathetic.

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The Saguaro Dove and Love In The Mirror @ Camino Real Playhouse – Review

Written by Daniella Litvak

Local playwright Anders Hosek does not lack ambition. To create a night of theater about the themes of affection, reflection, and connection, he staged two of his original works: The Saguaro Dove and Love In The Mirror.   One is an apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic survivor story. The other is a fairy tale. Both are love stories. Continue Reading

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weirdo or (make nice) @ The Larking House – Review

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Written by Patrick Chavis

Childhood is where everything begins. Those early moments can change so much in a person’s life. It’s an area of storytelling ripe with possibility. This new work by Playwright Simon J.O. Martin explores these possibilities, the happy and the sad moments. It was almost like watching a modern-day Peanuts-but no Snoopy.  Just Charlie and his imagination. Continue Reading

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Beauty and the Beast @ Cypress College – Review

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Written by Patrick Chavis

Disney, Disney, Disney — is it possible to escape the Mouse when you live down in Orange County? I think it’s possible, but it’s very difficult. If you’re not into Disney, you most likely have a friend who is and who, in the last few years, didn’t watch a Marvel movie. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is one of the most popular movies of all time, coming out during the  Disney Renaissance Era of Disney along with other big hits like The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, and Aladdin. The popularity of these movies led to stage adaptations. Cypress College takes on the stage version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast with a lot of heart, some gorgeous lighting moments, and a very open storybook design. Despite some uneven performances, this show has some claws.

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2022 OC Theatre Guild Award Nominations Announced!

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Taken directly from the press release: 

Congratulations to all of the Nominees. 

LIST OF THIS YEAR’S NOMINEES

Outstanding Production of a Play

Actually, The Wayward Artist

Cry It Out, Chance Theater

Kim’s Convenience, Laguna Playhouse

King Kong, Maverick Theater

The Whale, Costa Mesa Playhouse

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Curtis Theatre & Southgate Productions presents: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder @ Curtis Theatre – Review

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Written by Patrick Chavis

You know you’ve struck gold when you’ve created something that is rewatchable. People will rewatch new productions of Les Mis and Into the Woods until the cows come home.  These are good stories and good plays. Even when we know how it’s going to end, we want to watch it again. I experienced this with the musical comedy A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (hereinafter referred to as Gentleman’s Guide). It’s got a fantastic book of memorable tunes, and it’s genuinely funny. I was not surprised to find out it won a Tony. This new production of Gentlemen’s Guide from Southgate Productions captured the show’s spirit. Even if you’re only vaguely paying attention, it’s not bad. However, overall, the details keeping you engaged were at times lacking. Continue Reading

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