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Laguna Playhouse

606 Laguna Canyon Road Laguna Beach, CA 92651 | Laguna Beach | 949-497-2787

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Laguna Playhouse is a theater in Laguna Beach, right off of Route 133 and nestled in the canyons. They stage all sorts of productions, but nothing was better than a recent staging on the life of Hank Wlliams, Sr. This Randal Myler-and-Mark Harelik piece (Myler also directed) was much more than a musical revue or nostalgic stroll down the hillbilly highway. The duo did a fine job of not only tracing the trajectory of Williams' rise to fame and harrowing fall, but also capturing his aching humanity and singular genius. Anyone who walked out of the performance not realizing that Williams was every bit an American original as Louis Armstrong or Levi's wasn't paying attention. The singer always gets the headlines, and it was Van Zeiler's commanding turn as Hank Williams Sr. that drew the rave notices in this show. Great work, no doubt, but ringers in the lead role aren't uncommon in musicals.


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We will maintain The Laguna Playhouse as a long-standing cultural and educational force on the regional and national theatre landscape. We will reflect and serve our community. We will actively engage artists and audiences through enlightened programming of the highest quality. We will develop future theatre artists and audiences through education programs for adults and youth. We will fortify the organization and operate it in a fiscally responsible manner. We will revitalize the Moulton Theatre and preserve it for future generations.

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