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STAGEStheatre confirms they will be closing their doors because of the Pandemic

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Friends and Family,

When STAGEStheatre was started almost thirty years ago, we had no idea how long we would be around or how many stages we would move through as an organization. Looking back, it’s been a fantastic, wild ride.

In March of 2020, it became clear to us that COVID-19 was here to stay for a while, that it was going to take a significant toll on all live entertainment, and quite possibly decimate many, if not all, small venues as we were left with no way to keep our doors open to the public. Continue Reading

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The Barber is In: Sweeney Todd is Back in Town @ South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa – Review

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Written by Scotty Keister 

Chinese proverb: He who seeks revenge should remember to dig two graves.

The legend of Sweeney Todd is a long and storied one. Todd began life in the mid-19th century in a penny dreadful tale. In this original version Todd was a secondary character. He soon came to life in a stage version penned by George Dibdin Pitt. His legend continued throughout the 20th century in dozens of stage, film and television versions. Ultimately, when British playwright Christopher Bond created Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street in 1973, new life was breathed into Sweeney’s aging, bloodthirsty barber. The tale was fleshed out, making the story into more of a revenge tragedy, and not simply a bloody horror tale. This is the version that first brought Sweeney to Stephen Sondheim’s attention and led to him creating  what might be considered the ultimate edition in 1979. Continue Reading

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Behind the Orange Curtain with Scott Keister #1

IMG_1025_100dpi 2 Written by Scott keister 

What does it take to put on a successful theater show? This simple question is posed to OC theater producers and attendees every weekend, with varying results. And, as it turns out, it has little to do with money. There are a lot of choices for community and professional theater, everywhere from Fullerton to Laguna and spots in between. You can see Broadway touring companies at Segerstrom for big bucks in a not-so-friendly space with weak sound and bad sight lines, or you can see some what recent Broadway shows at local theaters as soon as they become available, produced at drastically smaller budgets, usually at more than one theater per season (Les Miserables is playing at no less than two spaces next year). Still, what it comes down to is not the size of the check behind the show. It’s the limits of the imagination, within those who produced it. Continue Reading

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Frighteningly Dull : The Haunting of Hill House @ Costa Mesa Playhouse in Costa Mesa – Review

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A group of people, a haunted house. A large and ominous mansion that at times seems to have a will of its own, psychologically controlling its hosts and keeping viewers on tenterhooks. This premise is used in many ghost stories, including the classic horror film The Haunting, adapted from Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel The Haunting of Hill House. Imagine a story based on psychological torment, spiritual manipulation, and desperation for safety that contrasts sharply with despair for belonging–now imagine a stage production of that story that methodically strips away most of that tension, and you’ve summed up the Costa Mesa Playhouse show.  

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