Orange County Theatre Reviews

Rose Center Theatre presents: A Christmas Carol – Review

Photo Credit: Ryan Salazar

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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A Christmas Carol @ South Coast Repertory – Review

(photo credit: Jenny Graham/SCR)

Written by Daniella Litvak

Charles Dickens wrote in the preface to A Christmas Carol,

“I have endeavored in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humor with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me.” 

His endeavor succeeded. Year after year — December after December — his “Ghost of an Idea” visits those of us walking the Earth. It’s unavoidable. However, good adaptations — like the one currently running at the South Coast Repertory — of this classic are great reminders of why this story has and will continue to endure.  Continue Reading

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A Bronx Tale @ Stage Door Repertory – Review

(photo credit: Amy Gettys)

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

( Photo credit: Francis Gacad )

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

(photo credit: Stephanie Noel Garrison)

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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