Orange County Theatre Reviews

Lucha Dreams – Orange County Premiere : The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity @ Chance Theater – Review

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Written by Patrick Chavis

Pro-wrestling and theatre. When you think about it, it’s not a weird combination. Isn’t pro-wrestling recycled theatre with jocks? The stage is the wrestling ring, and the script determines the outcome. The only things that change are the characters (wrestlers), the storyline, and the performance. The Chance Theatre puts on a spectacle with the pro-wrestling satire The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. Continue Reading

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A Streetcar Named Desire @ Santa Ana College – Review

photo credit: Matthew M. Hayashi

Written by Daniella Litvak 

Tennessee Williams is in the pantheon of greatest playwrights of all time. The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama A Streetcar Named Desire is considered the crown jewel of his works.  To this day, it remains a popular show for playhouses to produce.  Santa Ana College initially planned to perform A Streetcar Named Desire in 2020. Then COVID happened.  We are fortunate the Santa Ana College Theatre Arts Department didn’t abandon their plans because they put on an intense, remarkable version of it. Continue Reading

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The Whale @ Costa Mesa Playhouse – Review

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Written by Patrick Chavis

Peter Hilton, Mia Anderson

The Whale will have a full cinematic release in movie theaters in early December 2022. It has already accrued early accolades on the film festival circuit with standing ovations for Brendan Fraser, who plays the lead character. The movie, mainly known by the theatre community, is based on the play produced in the early 2000s and garnered some prestigious theatrical awards. The Costa Mesa Playhouse puts on a whale-sized, powerhouse production of this powerful, dark, and crudely honest story about family, regret, and life. Continue Reading

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