Registered Critic: Daniella Litvak

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
Oct

The Producers

Max and Leo's relationship is the heart of the show. Once I saw Lorton and Bodrero perform together in the initial “Leo has a hysterical breakdown scene,” I knew I could sit back and relax because they play off one another brilliantly. Their acting and singing is also top-notch. Special mention goes to their performance of the physical comedy. Every fight, pratfall, and ridiculous walk brought the laughs.

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Aug

Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls is first and foremost a breezy rom-com, which is a good thing. The heart of the show are the Nathan/Adelaide and Sky/Sarah love stories. Analyze the relationships outside the rom-com prism and it brings up questions about whether or not to root for the aforementioned couples. Yet since the dialogue exchanges bring the laughs, the songs do the emotional lifting, and the antics involved with the craps game are zany fun, it is easy for the most part to not take things seriously and enjoy what is happening onstage.

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Nov

PROOF

Proof is a well written play. It is well structured and well plotted with nothing extraneous getting in the way. Although not a mystery, there are a few mystery elements that nicely heightening the drama. The dialogue is engaging, and the characters become people you want to know and root for. As for the ending, it achieves the perfect balance of wanting more but leaving you satisfied with where the audience must part from the characters.

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Jul

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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Jun

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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Jun

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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Apr

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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Feb

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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Feb

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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Dec

SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT

The show focuses more on its gags, puns and the individual scenes than its story. While that is not necessarily a bad thing, the execution is hit or miss.

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