Oprah Winfrey is one of the few people in this world who can do whatever the fuck she wants and get away with it, no questions asked. You want to start a cult consisting almost entirely of middle-class housewives who have nothing to do during the day but watch you speak from the glowing box in their living rooms? Splendid! And you want to hock all sorts of products at them that they will blindly purchase strictly because they dont want to be left out of the hip trend of the moment? Wonderful! Once Oprah puts her stamp of approval on something, it sells like acne medication to a pubescent teenager. And as much as we hate to admit it, the woman has great taste. Thats why she branded the new Broadway-musical version of Alice Walkers Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple because its an amazing story being told in an entirely new light. The show has become a critical success, and now the production has come to Orange County, where it hopes to spread its message of hope and love to a whole new crowd of middle-class housewivesand the husbands they drag along with them.
Nov. 18-22, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 22, 2 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 23, 1 p.m.; Nov. 25-30, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 29, 2 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 30, 1 p.m., 2008