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 Artists Theatre Co., which closed in November. Both announcements were disheartening because, together (if you cou ... More >>
By Dave BartonThat instantly recognizable signature.
The O an open mouth yawping in protest.
The dot of the I like a projectile being thrown.
The remaining letters leaning forward to attack.
You don't even have to know his work to recognize political cartoonist Pat Oliphant is a confrontational indi ... More >>
In charting its course to becoming one of America's premiere regional theaters, South Coast Repertory has been awfully busy. There's the craft of cultivating writers, the art of producing plays, the business of raising funds and paying the bills. Along the way, it's helped smaller, local theaters fr ... More >>
In its 12 years of staging the most visceral, uncompromisingly political and balls-to-the-walls theater that Orange County had ever seen, the Rude Guerrilla Theatre Company never staged a signature show. Mostly because nearly everything the Santa Ana-based company did adhered so closely to i ... More >>
The Unkindest Cut: David Lynch's Blue Velvet
When I scribble a good review, the people on the receiving end are generally so grateful for the kudos, they never question or bother to ask about my internal criteria that determines how their work was superior (or just more interesting) ... More >>
Today marks the beginning of Joel Beers' theater blog, which will feature news and notes about everything theater-related in Orange County. - Lilledeshan Bose It's hard to find a bigger name in American stage directing than Warner Shook. He led Seattle's Intiman Theatre to national prominence ... More >>
Melita Ann Sagar
A blow to Monkey WrenchThe Monkey Wrench Theater Collective's debut--originally planned for this weekend--will still happen but where and when is yet to be decided. Monkey Wrench Artistic Director (and Weekly contributor) Dave Barton posted on his Facebook page yester ... More >>
Thousands rallied on 5/30 in Fresno for Meet in the Middle 4 Marriage Equality event, which included a 14-mile march. Protest organizers chose the city of Fresno--instead of marching to the capitol or in so-called "gay ghettos"--because they city had voted 65%-70% for the passing of Pro ... More >>
Weekly contributing writer Dave Barton and his friend Greg Adkins directed and edited this moving No on Prop 8 clip, currently making the rounds of YouTube and even the Daily Kos. The lines being read are from 1 Corinthians. And of course you already knew that Proposition 8 is the November religious ... More >>