Irony is a staple of theater, so consider the irony of an indispensable member of Orange County's playrighting community, Stephen Ludwig, traveling to France for a writing vacation,only to die in the place that inspired him so much. Yet, there is also something romantic about both dying in the plac ... More >>
Figuring out life without a road map in the Monkey Wrench Collective's staging of 'Disappeared'
As you've probably gathered if you've read my rave review of the current Bowers Museum exhibition on the life of Benjamin Franklin, I've become a bit of a Franklin enthusiast overnight. So profound is my admiration for the show--and for Franklin himself--I rented documentaries from Netflix and sp ... More >>
Will BlakelyBrad Fraser's True Love LiesBack in the days when water was clean, love was worth it and nothing but unlimited promise beckoned on the horizon, OC Weekly used to host an annual OC Weekly Theater Awards. Launched in 1997 in order to celebrate the best theatrical accomplishments of the ... More >>
A list of lists from our Heard Mentality blog's culture coverage
Monkey Wrench Collective production leaves you feeling . . . something. And that's a good thing
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 >>
Anyone who has had the pleasure of experiencing a musical at the Chance Theater knows that the Anaheim-based troupe kicks butt in terms of staging sophisticated, grown-up musicals. Recent offerings of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine art-infused Sunday in the Park with George, the tribal rock-mu ... More >>
Courtesy Hibbleton Gallery It's no secret that I tend to get a case of the fanboy drools every time I think (or write) about Fullerton's Hibbleton Gallery. I'm certainly not alone in that regard: The OC Weekly awarded it Best Art Gallery-2009 in our yearly Best Of issue, saying "You'd be hard-pre ... More >>
Anyone who thought the trial in the federal lawsuit challenging California's ban on gay marriage would be a dry, legalistic affair has been proven wrong by accounts of the first two days inside the San Fransisco courtroom. It's a case about the constitution, but the testimony thus far has delved ... More >>
Jennie Warren / OC WeeklyA few ideas I couldn't quite fit into this week's cover story on gay-rights activism in Orange County: - LGBT-rights doesn't necessarily mean LGBT: Most of the LGBT activists working in Orange County told me that one of the most remarkable thing about the network that has ... More >>
Dave Barton, Artistic Director of the Rude Guerrilla Theater Company (and frequent Weekly contributor), posted these two messages on his personal blog about a nasty Saturday morning fire that damaged the downtown Santa Ana building which houses RGTC (reprinted with permission): "Oh, God...Rude Guer ... More >>
Beirut is a timeless metaphor of the past
Rude Guerrilla makes The Cut
"You had me with you until your last paragraphy where you wrote: 'His balls were much, much bigger than any of ours.' "
David Greig’s script is all over the place, which makes the potential for this Rude Guerrilla production so exciting
Rude Guerrilla gets its gay on with two plays by the iconic Charles Busch
'THAT WAS BULLSHIT! YOU SHOULD SEE THE LADY DOWN THE STREET FROM ME! SHE USED TO BE HOT! NOW SHE LOOKS LIKE A MEXICAN COW!'
At this years OC Weekly Theater Awards starring George W. Bush. Maybe.
The Year in Your Hateful Letters
In praise of Urbans dramaturgical excess
Cleansed did it
Honorable theatrical mentions
Orange County, California: 2001
Clive Barkers Frankenstein In Love
No more march to socialism, just a billion stories
Introducing our nominees for the years best theater!
Straight America's favorite gay playwright still deals in stereotypes