Best Theater Town - 2012
Costa Mesa gets the big plays and big talent at South Coast Repertory and the Orange County Performing Arts Center, but when you consider the range and diversity of the theaters in Fullerton, it's impossible to not call this town the Off-Broadway of Orange County. The county's longest established storefront theater, STAGEStheatre (20 years and going strong) is here. The second-longest established storefront, the Hunger Artists, is here. Brian Newell's cinematic-infused Maverick Theater is here. The bustling theater departments of Fullerton College and Cal State Fullerton are here. OC Weekly theater critic Joel Beers lives here. And if you want real-live street theater, just check out the douchebags and hootchie mamas who line the downtown streets every weekend.