Posts Tagged ‘South Coast Repertory’

THE MONSTER BUILDER

A topnotch cast attack The Monster Builder with gusto, but a rather creepy lead character and a bit too much of the quirky and bizarre make Amy Freed’s South Coast Repertory World Premiere satire of architectural pretention more miss than hit despite occasional forays into the weirdly hilarious.
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A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2

Nora’s come back to the “doll’s house” she once called home, though how long she’ll stay is anybody’s guess in Lucas Hnath’s audacious, scabrous, wordy, discussion-prompting, and often surprisingly droll sequel to the Henrik Ibsen classic, the South Coast Repertory World Premiere of A Doll’s House, Part 2.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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THE ROOMMATE

Jen Silverman reinvigorates the surefire (if overly familiar) odd-couple comedy in The Roommate, a South Coast Repertory West Coast Premiere that may well defy credibility in its final scenes but never fails to entertain, particularly as performed by a crackerjack couple of SoCal stage treasures.
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DESTINY OF DESIRE

Passions ignite—and then some—in Destiny Of Desire, Karen Zacarías’s muy deliciosa musical comedy spoof of the world’s most popular TV genre, la telenovela, now treating South Coast Repertory audiences to two-and-a-half hours of scrumptiously over-the-top love, lust, and laughs.
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DISTRICT MERCHANTS

Playwright Aaron Posner offers theatergoers his 21st-century riff on Shakespeare’s The Merchant Of Venice in District Merchants, a South Coast Repertory West Coast Premiere at once unabashedly romantic, cautiously cynical, and resolutely hopeful. I loved every minute of it.
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