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Shakespeare OC presents : Pirates of Penzance @ The Strawberry Bowl in Garden Grove – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

 

Garden Grove’s Strawberry Bowl Theatre was built-in 1979 and has provided a variety of programming: band shows, comedy skits, and movie nights.  Most notable however are their Shakespearean plays, which Shakespeare Orange County performs, typically with fervor and quality costumes.  Now they are breaking new ground with their first non-Shakespearean play (fine, musical), the Gilbert and Sullivan favorite Pirates of Penzance.  Based on what could be heard the acting and singing ability are definitely on full display.  To get the full picture across I will point out that I saw the preview night performance.  As such there were visible kinks to work out.  I can’t ignore the blatant issues, but if they intended to hook up the speakers before their real run then the problem may have already been fixed.   But therein lies the problem–audio.  Despite setting up chairs on the stage to form closed in quarters, the microphones do very little to pick up sound.  The soloists are all but inaudible.  In spite of this obvious  problem the delightful chorus and enthusiastic acting communicate the story effectively. Continue Reading

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Virtual Slippers – OZ 2.5 @ South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa – Review

South Coast Repertory presents the Theatre for Young Audiences production of “OZ 2.5” by Catherine Trieschmann, inspired by “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum, directed by Shelley Butler. Cast: Larry Bates (Lion), Celeste Den (Aunt Em/Wicked Witch), Amin El Gamal (Munchkin/Guardian of the Gates/Monkey), Michael Faulkner (Toto/Munchkin/Monkey/Steve), Joe Fria (Uncle Henry/Scarecrow), Christopher Rivas (Tin Man), Emily Yetter (Dee). Julianne Argyros Stage, May 22 - June 7, 2015

Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR

Written by Daniella Litvak 

Life got you down? Is the world looking a little too gray? Does home feel like the last place you want to be? The cure for all of that is a trip to Oz. These days you don’t have to depend on a tornado for transportation. You can the read book, watch the movie, or go see Oz 2.5.

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Christmas Carol @ Musical Theatre Village in Irvine – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis

Christmas time is over, but that doesn’t stop the influx of Christmas plays, especially that Classic Charles Dickson play, A Christmas Carol (we reviewed three this year but couldn’t make them all). I’ve seen the movies, the plays, and the Christmas straight-to-TV versions. There is no shortage of creative versions here. Musical Theatre Villages version, ‘Scrooge,’ is a welcome addition to the ever-growing lexicon of Christmas Carol adaptions. With catchy music, exceptional performances by a few, and a fun-filled laid back spirit, this a perfect show for the entire family. Continue Reading

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