Daniella Litvak graduated from the University of California Riverside with a degree in Creative Writing. She has been the Assistant Editor and a writer for the Orange Curtain Review since January 2015

EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL

Evil Dead The Musical is a fantastically fun theater going experience. I recommend taking a trip down to the Maverick Theater and paying honor to the Necronomicon. It’ll be groovy.

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THE BEAT GOES ON

Rock ‘n’ roll belongs to everyone, but the origin of The Beat Goes On belongs to Orange County. Back in 2014 Vanda Eggington created The Beat Goes On as a showcase for Vanguard University’s students. It was a hit. Now it’s back, but it’s not just a repeat of a previous success.

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MAN OF LA MANCHA

As mentioned in the Artistic Director’s Note, Man of La Mancha is not intended to be a faithful rendition of Cervantes’ life or of Don Quixote. Cervantes wrote Don Quixote as a farce, and the audience is meant to see Quixote as a fool. Despite that many people still believe in the nobility of Quixote’s actions, which Man of La Mancha capitalizes on. The result is an uplifting, touching show with a lot of humor and great songs.

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ON GOLDEN POND

Some plays are designed for the mind. Sometimes it is because the playwright wants to send out a specific message. Other times the goal is to challenge the audience’s beliefs or to get us to think about things from a new perspective. Then there are the plays created for the heart where emotions are the story’s most important element. On Golden Pond definitely falls into the latter category.

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MY FAIR LADY

There are plenty of reasons to like My Fair Lady. The characters are interesting. The dialogue is amusing. The cast and crew of Rose Center Theater do a great job of keeping the audience engaged and laughing while the actions transpires. And then of course, there are the songs. It is true-nearly every single one of them is incredibly catchy and will have you humming during the car ride home.

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A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED

A Murder Is Announced is comfortable viewing, which is its blessing and curse. I mentioned earlier the story had surprising twists but the actual plot twists are not new and inventive in themselves. Considering Agatha Christie’s widespread influence on the genre this is expected, but it also lessens the thrill factor.

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