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    This preview of the 10 most interesting OC-area theater shows of the summer almost didn't get written. Not that it was hard to find 10—in fact, the challenge was keeping it to 10. It's...
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    They may not have played football in ancient Rome, but there's an unintentional similarity between the beginning of A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum and that curb-stomping NFL...
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    Whether your Christmas celebration is an affirmation of all that is decent about the holiday season (joy, goodwill to all, Wal-Mart gift cards) or all that is overbearingly rotten...
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    Whatever your take on the phrase "politically correct," any piece of work that disparages a person's race or sexuality is bound to raise the hackles of all PC pendejos. Unless it's really...
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    John Waters, Trey Parker, Rod Serling, Old Hickory and, yes, hold your breath—NEIL FUCKING SIMON!—are merely five of the legendary masters of their crafts (from X-rated films...
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    Monsanto's poisonous fumes wreaking havoc on the environment. Anti-IRS, global-conspiracy theorists meeting in clandestine patriot groups. The simmering anger of the white working class,...
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    So this is how one memorable chapter in the history of Orange County theater ends: not with a bang, but a whimper. It's not that the two Mark Ravenhill one-acts chosen by Dave Barton as his...
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    If you've been to Stages Theatre in the past decade, you've met "Ma." She hands you your seat assignments, reminds you of the concessions, asks you to remember to turn off your cell phone,...
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    Marlon Brando's character said it most succinctly in the 1953 film The Wild One. When asked what he was rebelling against, he replied, "Whaddya got?" Three years later, Jean Genet's play The...
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    In a little more than a year, Orange County lost two of its edgiest, longest-established storefront theaters: The Monkey Wrench Collective, which closed in December 2011, and the Hunger...
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    Welcome to the 2012 OC Weekly holiday theater preview, the timing of which is weird on two fronts: Most of these shows wrap up this weekend, which doesn't give interested parties a whole lot...
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    "Fake it till you make it." These six little words have been sound advice for generations of aspiring business professionals and gold-digging social climbers everywhere. In the acting world,...
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    Rod Serling's legendary television series The Twilight Zone shook up mainstream-minded squares and creepy-geeky sci-fi nuts alike from 1959 to 1964 by offering a glimpse into a parallel...
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    The time is always right, unfortunately, for a play, television show or film about hate crimes in America—this year alone, we've had more tragedies and exposition on the issue than any...
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    “He doesn’t stand a chance.” When those are the first words uttered by a courtroom guard as the 12 jurors leave to begin deliberations, it appears to be an open-and-shut...
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    One might think, with the array of garbage on television—from filthy hoarders and illiterate swamp people to shrewish dance moms and Kathie Lee & Hoda (a combination of the...
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    When you imagine a trailer park, maybe you think about Hank Hill delivering propane and propane accessories to a camper cluster where women hang their underwear on plastic chairs. Maybe you...
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    It's not uncommon to see the name Shakespeare pop up on the schedules of many a theater during the summer. The epic scope and huge casts involved in his plays make them ideal for outdoor...
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    Amanda DeMaio debuted Unrelenting Relaxation three years after our nation declared 1992 "The Year of the Woman," which was a response to the record number of female senators elected to...
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    If the Mayan long-form calendar is right (and, obviously, any civilization that hit its peak 1,000 years ago was right about everything . . .) the world ends Dec. 21. Good thing we've got...
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    "As long as you can make fun of everyone, you can make fun of anyone." That's the third rule of the Lobby Improv team (following "it is never too soon" and "there is no line"), a mantra that...
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    As a guest star on The Simpsons, John Waters tried to explain to Homer the meaning of camp, "The tragically ludicrous? The ludicrously tragic?" he offered. Though Homer may have thought the...
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    In a 1956 essay, Arthur Miller reduced every great play to one central element: "How may a man make of the outside world a home? How and in what ways must he struggle, what must he strive to...
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    While most of us will gather around swimming pools, beaches, barbecues and other places afflicted by the unrelenting fucking glare of the goddamn sun this summer, the cool kids will hunker...
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    Cue the creepy three-note theme music: STAGEStheatre in Fullerton is reinventing the classic television series The Twilight Zone for the stage this month. The series helped to bring...
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    Before the days when corporate businessmen disguised as producers injected millions into musical versions of any film that achieved a modicum of success, there were people like composer Alan...
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    Sounds like the kind of weekends we wish we had: marital infidelity, a neophyte actress, a savvy female private detective, a brash Hollywood producer, a bickering divorced couple, a missing...
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    Some 400 years after his plays were originally composed, messing with Shakespeare is not only acceptable for contemporary productions, but also frequently a must. Twelfth Night has already...
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    “Hell is other people.” That may seem like an odd phrase in the age of social networking, for which we willingly sacrifice hours of our day to keep tabs on people we barely know...
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    Most plays that fail do so because they don’t say enough. A few fail because they try to say too much. You can place The Last Days of Judas Iscariot in the latter category.It’s...
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    Set in a time-bending, darkly comic world between heaven and hell, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is a courtroom drama in which the forces of good and evil put the Bible's most infamous...
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    From an opera about Jerry Springer to the monumental drama of Willy Loman, the theatrical landscape of 2011 will plumb the highs and lows of the human condition.But rather than a preview...
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    Only the bitterest Grinch could dare find fault with any theater entity producing a holiday-themed play the month of December. So, in the spirit of last year’s LAME (Lamentably Asinine...
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    See the difference one person can make in the powerful 1946 American holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life —reimagined by Joe Landry as a fresh and innovative spin-off of Frank...
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    An evening of mystery and macabre awaits you this Halloween at STAGEStheatre. Upon this midnight dreary, encounter an array of Edgar Allan Poe’s poems and stories embedded into a night...
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