Orange County Theatre Reviews

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Hamlet Goes Gangster : American Coast Theater Company Presents Hamlet @ Vanguard University in Costa Mesa – Review

(Photo courtesy: Susie Sprinkel Hudson)

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Many, if not most leading characters in successful fiction today have qualities that endear them to the viewer, making them desirable as friends, lovers, or both.  But before there was all that nonsense about actually liking the star, there was someone else–there was Hamlet.  An angst-filled Danish prince forever brooding about his castle, Hamlet is often described with words like “depressed,” “whiny,” and “cowardly.” As a result, he has often been the target of viewers’/readers’ scorn, derision, and annoyance.   In contrast, is the portrayal from American Coast Theater Company’s Hamlet.  The young prince here is heavily sarcastic, bitter, and volatile. He is not likable or sympathetic, but he has a strange energy to keep you hooked.   Continue Reading

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The Addams Family @ Vanguard Uni in Costa Mesa – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

For the benefit of the ten percent of people reading this review that isn’t familiar, I’ll mention that the Addams are a family that finds pleasure in torture and all things Gothically strange–keeping that in mind, it’s fair to note that the show would probably be better suited to the cold, dreary month of October than the hot spring days of April. But strangely enough, Vanguard University’s production is anything but spooky. Instead, the musical relies mostly (if not entirely) on comedic witticisms from the cartoon and television series, both of those stories lacked the darker, more sinister feelings from the 90s films.   This is the tamest rendition of The Addams Family I’ve ever seen, which is not necessarily a bad thing–it’s family-friendly. The cast mirrors the original characters with skill levels that range from good to all-around-exceptional. Continue Reading

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On The Spot with the Cast of Addams Family : The Musical @ Vanguard University – Video

Shot & Edited by Patrick Chavis 

Everyone’s favorite creepy clan, The Addams Family, hits the stage with a macabre musical that’s so deathly hilarious it’s scary. Gather around the family mansion and watch Morticia and Gomez wrestle with a nightmarish turn of events. Their daughter, the ever-precocious Wednesday, has done the scariest thing imaginable — she’s fallen in love with an average, run-of-the-mill boy. Taken from the Website 

April 8 – 24 2016

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William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale @ Vanguard University in Costa Mesa – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Vanguard University is putting on a production of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.  Unlike some other Shakespearean shows I’ve seen recently, Vanguard’s production sticks to a time period appropriate for the piece, making for a costume design scheme that is more realistic and historically accurate.  This straightforward approach keeps the story, but it is somewhat lacking in creativity. Continue Reading

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Christmas Is Here Again @ Vanguard Uni in Costa Mesa – Review

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American Coast Theatre Company presents : Always A Bridesmaid @ Vanguard University – Review

Photo courtesy: Susie Sprinkel Hudson 

Written by Daniella Litvak

It’s not summer until you’ve eaten a barbecue, gone to the beach, or attended a wedding. Luckily, “Always A Bridesmaid” by American Coast Theatre Company invites you to four weddings. During their high school prom, we meet Libby Ruth (Susan K. Berkompas), Deedra (Maria Cominis), Charlie (Vanda Eggington), and Monette (Deborah Marley), who are four best friends making a pact to be bridesmaids at each other’s weddings. Time passes, and now they have to make good on their promise –over and over again.

The plot is just an excuse to get four friends together in a room and let them engage in snark-to-snark combat while wearing ridiculous bridesmaid dresses before the impending nuptials occur. The downside of this repetitiveness is that the few times “Always A Bridesmaid” tries to discuss something seriously, it feels shoehorned in. The instance that sticks out is Libby Ruth’s fear that her daughter won’t find love. While the first scene is necessary to establish characters, tone, and a normal atmosphere to heighten the contrast with later wackiness, the scene could be trimmed down a fair bit to make the story tighter. The upside is the show stuffs itself with great one-liners and banter, which makes for a fun viewing experience. Continue Reading

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