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Best Musical Production Orange County 2013 - Triassic Parq: The Musical

Readers' Choice: Wicked

You name it, and director (and co-creator) Marshall Pailet nailed it in this Chance Theater production: outstanding production values, a blistering pace, visceral choreography, ample T&A, and terrific performances. The gleefully over-the-top parody of a certain movie is also a deceptively sincere homage to not only the female dinosaurs who populated the island, but also to the even-more-dimwitted, barbaric humans who inherited their world. Issues of sexual identity, teen angst, wrestling with authority and basically trying to fit in to a universe whose cosmic odds always seem against you permeate this play, and this production triumphantly presented them. It wasn't the deepest, most intense or most important play on a local stage in the past 12 months, but it was absolutely the most entertaining and memorable.

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