SCHOOL OF ROCK

Rob Colletti doing his best Jack Black opposite a dozen of the most multi-talented tweens ever to burn up a stage add up to the fun-for-all-ages Broadway musical delight that is Andrew Lloyd Webber and Julian Fellowes’ School Of Rock, now playing at Orange County’s Segerstrom Center For The Arts.
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BIG FISH

Chance Theater takes full advantage of Big Fish The Musical’s newly revised “small cast edition” to transform an overblown Broadway flop into an intimate gem that could touch even a heart of stone.
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THE COLOR PURPLE

Swing Nikisha Williams’ star turn as Celie, a fabulous supporting cast, and imaginative staging make the Broadway Revival Tour of The Color Purple, Alice Walker’s powerful recounting of a young black woman’s road to self-discovery and self-assertion, well worth seeing despite a minimalist scenic design ill suited to (and volume levels turned way too low for) a hall as mammoth as the Segerstrom Center For the Arts.
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CLYBOURNE PARK

White flight circa 1959 and urban gentrification five decades later fuel Bruce Norris’s button-pushing, political-correctness-be-damned comedy Clybourne Park, winner of both the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, the finest production I’ve seen at Laguna Playhouse and one of the year’s very best.
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THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG

Sara, Gorgeous, and Pfeni Rosensweig are back and every bit as smart and sassy and engaging at South Coast Repertory as they were when playwright Wendy Wasserman, fresh from her Pulitzer Prize win for The Heidi Chronicles, debuted The Sisters Rosensweig back in 1992.
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ELEVADA

A rather nonsensical premise is all that’s holding back Sheila Callaghan’s Elevada from being the unqualified smash romantic comedy it sets out to be. Even so, romcom lovers like this reviewer will find themselves captivated by its terrifically acted, stunningly designed Chance Theater West Coast Premiere.
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HAMILTON

The American Revolution revolutionizes American musical theater in Lin Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking, game-changing Hamilton, now thrilling audiences at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center For The Arts like virtually nothing before.
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GOOD PEOPLE

Good People’s Orange County Premiere makes at least two things abundantly clear. First of all that David Lindsay-Abaire’s 2011 Broadway hit is easily one of the past decade’s finest, most compelling new plays, and second, that Chance Theater continues to reign supreme among intimate OC stages.
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