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  • A Matterhorn of a Man

    published December 9, 2010

    So what to say about The Night of the Tribades, a play with little plot or dramatic action, no discernible conclusion or resolution,... More >>

  • Christmas Plays Are the Reason for the Season

    published December 2, 2010

    Only the bitterest Grinch could dare find fault with any theater entity producing a holiday-themed play the month of December. So, in... More >>

  • Teen Cheerleader Orgy Porn With a Message

    published November 11, 2010

    Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical may not feature any graphic sex scenes or nudity, but it’s very much like a porno in... More >>

  • Becky Shaw's Not the Focus of 'Becky Shaw'

    published November 4, 2010

    Like Citizen Kane’s Rosebud and the avian statue in The Maltese Falcon, the woman after whom Gina Gionfriddo’s... More >>

  • Shocking 'Shopping and Fucking'

    published October 28, 2010

    Mark Ravenhill wrote Shopping and Fucking in 1996. It took five years for an Orange County theater company to mount the English... More >>

  • Angels Press-Box Pooh-Bah

    published October 14, 2010

    Name an event in the 49-year history of the Los Angeles/California/Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and John Moynihan has seen... More >>

  • The Wheel Deal

    published October 14, 2010

    So what happened to Matt Hotch?Five years ago, the guy was the man in the custom-motorcycle-building world. He was a two-time... More >>

  • Onstage Orgasms, But Little Satisfaction in 'The Vibrator Play'

    published October 7, 2010

    A funny thing happens on the way to the climax of In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play):There isn’t one. It’s funny in... More >>

  • Man Loves Goat

    published September 30, 2010

    Type bestiality into Google (oh, like you’ve never done it before), and some 27 million sites are ready for your perusal, the first 10 of... More >>

  • This 'King Lear' Is Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth

    published September 9, 2010

    William Shakespeare’s King Lear is the Mount Everest of Western dramatic literature. Even for avowed Bard non-idolaters, it is a... More >>

  • 'The Hobbit' Rings True

    published August 26, 2010

    The first play I ever watched was The Hobbit. And I hated it. I was maybe 10 and had already read J.R.R. Tolkien’s precursor to... More >>

  • The L Word

    published August 5, 2010

    Most accounts of Cherrie Moraga’s Digging Up the Dirt, receiving its world-premiere production at the Breath of Fire Latina Theater... More >>

  • Pants On Fire

    published July 22, 2010

    A decade before a real sociopath who moonlighted as an actor on Orange County stages made national news by More >>

  • 'Spring's Awakening' Needs a Little More Action

    published July 8, 2010

    Sex may be everywhere and on everybody’s mind, but it does tend to complicate things. And if fortysomethings still need therapy to help... More >>

  • 'The Producers' Uber Alles!

    published July 1, 2010

    A chorus line of goosestepping, nubile women with swastika armbands parading onstage as a Nazi dominatrix sporting Iron Cross pasties prowls in... More >>

  • This Don Q Is Off-Tilter

    published June 17, 2010

    The short list of fictional characters who have slipped free from their paper asylums and emerged into the real word as full-fledged cultural... More >>

  • Safe At Home

    published June 10, 2010

    The 1920s Craftsman-style house of Leroy and JoAnne Pettigrew doesn’t stand out on its tree-lined street in downtown Fullerton. There are... More >>

  • Ten Sports You Can Play With a Beer in Your Hand

    published June 10, 2010

    Beer, beer, beer. What can you say? It’s great. Pain-go-bye-bye juice. Homer Simpson once called it the cure for, and source of, all... More >>

  • Play Time!

    published June 10, 2010

    ARCHERYIt doesn’t get the hype of surfing or volleyball, but the sport of archery is big in Southern California. The... More >>

  • Shooting for a Pole-In-One in Disc Golf

    published June 10, 2010

    Golf is in its name, drivers and putters are used, the targets are called holes, and score is kept by the same par system as golf.But,... More >>

  • Hitting the Dusty Trail

    published June 10, 2010

    Any mention of Orange County and its great outdoors must address the lazy stereotype that there is no nature here: just 948 square miles of... More >>

  • Fair Games

    published June 10, 2010

    We all know what the real sport is at the Orange County Fair: watching perfectly sane, perfectly responsible members of society transform into... More >>

  • Professional Grade

    published June 10, 2010

    Forget driving to many of the world’s biggest professional sporting events this summer: Most of them are FAR away. The World Cup takes place... More >>

  • In Your Cups

    published June 10, 2010

    I fell in love with the World Cup 16 years ago, the same day that it broke the heart of one of my best friends. It was July 9, 1994.... More >>

  • The Double Play's the Thing

    published June 10, 2010

    Type in the phrase “famous sports plays” on Google, and you’re going to get the following: the Immaculate Reception (Franco... More >>

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