Orange County Theatre Reviews

Breaking The Fourth Wall With Ashlee And Tim Espinosa Podcast

Tim Espinosa

Written by Daniella Litvak

Ashlee and Tim Espinosa are active members of the Southern California theater scene. They’re actors, directors, and educators. Orange County audiences might be familiar with Ashlee’s performance as Alison Bechdel in Chance Theater’s production of Fun Home in 2020, and Tim directed Fullerton College’s 2017 production of American Idiot. (The Orange Curtain Review has reviews for both shows). They’ve taught at UC Irvine and Fullerton College. They have also turned their talents to Podcasting. Continue Reading

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News, Press Releases, The Wayward Artist, Theater Comments Off on THE WORLD PREMIERE OF “FELIZ” Drive-Through & Streaming Information |

THE WORLD PREMIERE OF “FELIZ” Drive-Through & Streaming Information

Written by Patrick Chavis

Taken from the press release:

The play follows a Mexican- American family in Bakersfield, California filled with secrets of addiction, desire and identity. Within the world of Latinx magical realism, the family must finally face the truths they are all avoiding. “Feliz – An American Play” premieres on April 17, 2021 at 7 p.m. with a drive-in experience screened by The Frida Cinema.

The cast of “Feliz – An American Play” includes Moises Rodriguez as Augusto, Sheresade Poblet as Amanda, Miguel Torres Cruz as Joe, Jennifer Aguilar as Vicki, Isaac Ybarra as Eric, Roberta H. Martínez as Consuela, and Chayan Tavakoly as Sam.

Location:

Mess Hall Market at FLIGHT, 1705 Flight Way Tustin, CA 92782

Feliz – An American Play will have an online streaming event the week following the drive-in event.

La Habra, News, Press Releases, The Electric Company, Theater, Uncategorized Comments Off on The Electric Company Theatre & MOXIE Theatre Present: Lauren Gunderson’s I and You Streams March 4-28 |

The Electric Company Theatre & MOXIE Theatre Present: Lauren Gunderson’s I and You Streams March 4-28

Written by Patrick Chavis

The synopsis for I & You by Lauren Gunderson taken from playscripts.com

“One afternoon, Anthony arrives unexpectedly at classmate Caroline’s door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, an urgent assignment from their English teacher. Homebound due to illness, Caroline hasn’t been to school in months, but she is as quick and sardonic as Anthony is athletic, sensitive, and popular. As these two let down their guards and share their secrets, this seemingly mundane poetry project unlocks a much deeper mystery that has brought them together.” Continue Reading

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EQUalITY @ Chapman University – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis

Izzy Kaplan

During this pandemic, the theater has been hit as hard as any industry during this horrific time. But theater and the people that make it are also resilient, and it’s a medium built on creativity and making the impossible possible. At least, I like to think so.  Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and the horrendous killing of George Floyd, Chapman students filmed and wrote an almost 2-hour production of shorts named EQUalITY.  The film covers racial inequality topics, specifically highlighting the black community’s struggles with racism and other historical injustices. The play also covers the struggles of other marginalized groups using different mediums — spoken word, skits, and interviews  — that cover the topics of equality and racial justice.  Continue Reading

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A Very, Very Chance Holiday Cabaret @ Chance Theater in Anaheim – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis

A Very, Very Chance Holiday Cabaret is a streamed show full of Holiday Musical performances. The musical performances are split up by the comedic styling of well-known Chance Performers Alex Bueno (Loch Ness) and Matt Takashi (A Charlie Brown Christmas). While some of the songs are quite moving, the choice of mostly slow songs and ballads drags the show quite a bit. If you’re patient enough and can see through the 90’s style video production quality, the show can be quite charming and a throwback in a way. Continue Reading

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PAN DAMN IT! – A Live Zoom Reading of a New Play NOV 15th 4pm PST @ University of California, Irvine

photo credit: Steve Zylius / UCI

“Pan-Damn-It!” is a “zoom” play written by Kyung Hyun Kim, a faculty member in the Department of East Asian Studies and Visual Studies at UC Irvine, and co-directed by Jane Page, a faculty member in UCI’s Drama Department, and Gavin Cameron-Webb, theater director. The script highlights the much-publicized mask debate in the US by juxtaposing the moral conflict between individual liberty and public health and by exposing the invisible social divisions that are complicated by the dynamic multi-ethnic makeup of Southern California.  Taken from the press release. Continue Reading

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