ANDREW LIPPA’S WILD PARTY

Dramatically dark and daringly sexual, Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party, the latest from Cal State Fullerton, showcases not just its multitalented ensemble headed by a phenomenal Hannah Clair as blonde bombshell Queenie. CSUF’s Wild Party is direction, choreography, and design at their SoCal pro-level best.
(read more)

BERNARDA ALBA


Michael John LaChiusa’s Bernarda Alba, the multiple-Tony-nominated composer-lyricist’s darkly dramatic adaptation of the Federico García Lorca classic, not only provides its all-female, mostly Cal State Fullerton student cast with an equal-parts challenging/rewarding showcase for their considerable musical theater gifts, it offers Southland audiences the opportunity to see a rarely-produced chamber gem in a production so stunning, it rivals the finest intimately-staged musicals in town.
(read more)

THE SIEGEL

An out-of-the-blue wedding proposal a full two years after a couple’s breakup is hardly a conventional way to start off a romantic comedy, but the originality of this opening salvo is just one reason why Michael Mitnick’s The Siegel is such a South Coast Repertory treat.
(read more)

FINDING NEVERLAND

It’s telling that the Best Picture Oscar-nominated Finding Neverland scored not a single Tony nomination when set to music on Broadway in 2015. Despite a number of memorable moments (and an Act One finale that may well inspire longer, louder, more deserved cheers than any in recent memory), Finding Neverland The Musical substitutes broad comedy, generic songs, and cartoonish supporting characters for the subtlety and depth that made Finding Neverland The Movie one of 2005’s most acclaimed films.
(read more)

ORANGE

An Indian teen somewhere on the autism spectrum spends one adventurous night discovering The OC with her Americanized cousin and her cousin’s skater-dude boyfriend in South Coast Repertory’s West Coast Premiere of Aditi Brennan Kapil’s Orange, not only a delightful cross-cultural comedic treat but a particularly apt choice for Orange County’s premier regional theater.
(read more)

A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER

Homicide has rarely been as hilarious as it is in A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder, the murderously mirthful quadruple-Tony-winning Best Musical of 2014, now paying a crowd-delighting weeklong visit to the Segerstrom Center For The Arts.
(read more)

CLAUDIO QUEST

Innovative musical theater triple-threats Drew Fornarola and Marshall Pailet pay affectionate, nostalgic tribute to mid-1980s video games in Claudio Quest, a delightfully tuneful Chance Theater West Coast Premiere with particular appeal to Mario Bros. franchise fans.
(read more)

MOBY DICK

Ten brilliantly talented performers, an inspired director/adapter, and a dazzlingly ingenious production design team join talents on South Coast Repertory’s Segerstrom Stage as Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre Company’s acclaimed Moby Dick visits Costa Mesa, proof positive that you don’t need a hundred-million Hollywood bucks to turn a Herman Melville classic into two-and-a half hours of epic storytelling magic.
(read more)

« Older Entries Newer Entries » « Older Entries Newer Entries »