Posts Tagged ‘Chance Theater’

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.
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LITTLE WOMEN – THE BROADWAY MUSICAL

An almost entirely new cast breathes fresh new life into Little Women – The Broadway Musical in its Chance Theater return, one that audiences can consider themselves lucky to have caught during its just concluded five-week run.
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SEMINAR

What Terrence Spencer was to his tyrannized music students in Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-winning Whiplash, so novelist-turned-magazine correspondent Leonard is to the equally intimidated writers attending his uber-pricey workshop in Theresa Rebeck’s darkly comedic, dramatically potent Seminar, now being given a terrific Chance Theater Orange County Premiere.
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A CHORUS LINE

It takes balls to reimagine a classic and an abundance of talent to pull it off, particularly when the classic in question is the 1975 megaclassic A Chorus Line. Fortunately, Chance Theater’s Oanh Nguyen and Hazel Clarke have both, resulting in an A Chorus Line that might provoke protests from purists who’d have Michael Bennett’s direction and choreography set in stone but will likely thrill everyone else, this reviewer included.
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THE BIG MEAL

The meet-cute sequence that introduces us to 20somethings Sam and Nicole is but the preamble to The Big Meal, Dan LeFranc’s remarkable meditation on birth, death, life, love, and the whole damn thing, now getting a laughter-and-tear-filled Southern California Premiere that is one of Chance Theater’s finest intimate productions ever.
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DOGFIGHT

A mean-spirited U.S. Marine “tradition” yields unexpectedly touching romantic results in Dogfight, the Louise Lortel Award-winning Outstanding Musical of 2012, now being given a powerful Los Angeles and Orange County Premiere by Anaheim Hills’ illustrious Chance Theater.
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A BRIGHT NEW BOISE

A man undergoing a crisis of faith attempts to reconnect with the teenage son he gave up for adoption eighteen years ago in Samuel D. Hunter’s dark, gritty tragicomedy A Bright New Boise, now getting an electric Orange County production at Chance Theater.
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THE DRAGON PLAY

RECOMMENDED

Interspecies love fuels Jenny Connell Davis’ The Dragon Play, a gorgeously designed Chance Theater production most likely to enchant those willing and able to buy into its boy-meets-dragon, boy-loses-dragon conceit.
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