Laguna Playhouse Stages HARVEY Starring French StewartLaguna Playhouse Stages HARVEY Starring French Stewart
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2019

LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE is delighted to present French Stewart and Vanessa Claire Stewart starring in the wonderfully comic HARVEY, written by Mary Chase and directed by Andrew Barnicle. Comments Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham and Executive Director Ellen Richard, "We could not think of a better play to end our 98th season with than HARVEY, starring French and Vanessa Claire Stewart under the inspired direction of Andrew Barnicle. French Stewart will be the perfect Elwood, a role he has always wanted to play! (more...)

BWW Review: Chance Theater's Superb SKYLIGHT Reunites Flawed Ex-Lovers Scarred by their AffairBWW Review: Chance Theater's Superb SKYLIGHT Reunites Flawed Ex-Lovers Scarred by their Affair
by Michael Quintos - May 12, 2019

The specific highs and lows---and all the cloudy, uneasy details in between---of a failed relationship are all picked apart and analyzed by a pair of distressed former lovers in British playwright David Hare's absorbing 1995 play SKYLIGHT, currently on stage at Anaheim's Chance Theater through May 19, 2019. Directed with an appealing yet captivating casualness by Chance Theater's own artistic director Oanh Nguyen, this excellent, beautifully-acted new local revival of the Olivier and Tony Award-winning drama focuses on a pair of deeply flawed individuals who have been trying their best to move on separately with their respective lives despite the deep scars that continue to haunt them. After three years apart, could a resuscitation of their past relationship be the key to put them both back in the right frame of mind again---or is their love unsalvageable? (more...)

David Hare's SKYLIGHT Begins April 19 at Chance TheaterDavid Hare's SKYLIGHT Begins April 19 at Chance Theater
by Sarah Hookey - Apr 4, 2019

Chance Theater, Anaheim's official resident theater company, presents David Hare's celebrated drama, Skylight. Written by David Hare and directed by Chance Theater's Artistic Director, Oanh Nguyen, Skylight will preview from April 19th through April 26th; with regular performances beginning April 27th and continuing through May 19th on the Cripe Stage at the Bette Aitken theater arts Center. (more...)

BWW Review: Musical Adaptation of Jane Austen's EMMA Beguiles at OC's Chance TheaterBWW Review: Musical Adaptation of Jane Austen's EMMA Beguiles at OC's Chance Theater
by Michael Quintos - Dec 19, 2018

While watching Chance Theater's brand new OC-premiere of EMMA: THE MUSICAL--Paul Gordon's charm-filled 2007 stage musical adaptation of Jane Austen's beloved 1815 novel--I noticed a welcome sensation that took over me throughout most of the production… I could not stop smiling. Delightfully appealing and positively buoyant in a great many aspects, this wonderfully witty and quite beguiling production--directed with engaging gusto by Casey Long--continues performances at their Cripe Stage in Anaheim through December 23, 2018. (more...)

BWW Review: EMMA at Chance Theater in AnaheimBWW Review: EMMA at Chance Theater in Anaheim
by E.H. Reiter - Dec 3, 2018

EMMA, now playing at the Chance Theater in Anaheim through December 23rd, is like a perfect tea time confection.  It's lovely, sweet, and has just enough tartness to keeping it all from getting too sticky to enjoy. (more...)

SOFT POWER, Kathleen Marshall and More Nominated for 2019 LA Stage Alliance Ovation AwardsSOFT POWER, Kathleen Marshall and More Nominated for 2019 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2018

The nominees for the 29th Annual LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards, celebrating theatrical excellence and achievement throughout Los Angeles, were announced this week. (more...)

JANE AUSTEN'S EMMA, THE MUSICAL Starts November 23 At Chance TheaterJANE AUSTEN'S EMMA, THE MUSICAL Starts November 23 At Chance Theater
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2018

Chance Theater, Anaheim's official resident theater company, is delighted to introduce Jane Austen's Emma: The Musical to Orange County for the first time as part of our 2018 Holiday Literature Series!  Book, lyrics, and music by Tony-nominated composer Paul Gordon, directed by Casey Long, and with music direction by Bill Strongin, Jane Austen's Emma: The Musical will preview from November 23rd through November 30th; regular performances will begin December 1st and continue through December 23rd on the Cripe Stage at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center. (more...)

Photo Flash: David Lindsay-Abaire's GOOD PEOPLE At Chance TheaterPhoto Flash: David Lindsay-Abaire's GOOD PEOPLE At Chance Theater
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2018

Chance Theater, Anaheim's official resident theater company, is excited to announce the second show in its 20th Season ... Good People. Written by David Lindsay-Abaire, and directed by Jocelyn A. Brown, Good People will preview from April 20 through April 27; regular performances will begin April 28 and continue through May 20 at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center on the Cripe Stage. (more...)

David Lindsay-Abaire's GOOD PEOPLE Begins 4/20 At Chance TheaterDavid Lindsay-Abaire's GOOD PEOPLE Begins 4/20 At Chance Theater
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2018

Chance Theater, Anaheim's official resident theater company, is excited to announce the second show in its 20th Season ... Good People. Written by David Lindsay-Abaire, and directed by Jocelyn A. Brown, Good People will preview from April 20 through April 27; regular performances will begin April 28 and continue through May 20 at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center on the Cripe Stage. (more...)

Photo Flash: THE EIGHT: REINDEER MONOLOGUES Returns For 14th Straight Year To Chance TheaterPhoto Flash: THE EIGHT: REINDEER MONOLOGUES Returns For 14th Straight Year To Chance Theater
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2017

Chance Theater is set to present its 14th annual production of the irreverent, raunchy and pitch-black dark holiday satire... The Eight: Reindeer Monologues. Written by Jeff Goode, directed by Resident Artist James McHale. The Eight: Reindeer Monologues will perform December 8 through December 23 on the Fyda-Mar Stage at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center. (more...)

THE EIGHT: REINDEER MONOLOGUES Returns For 14th Straight Year To Chance TheaterTHE EIGHT: REINDEER MONOLOGUES Returns For 14th Straight Year To Chance Theater
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2017

Chance Theater is set to present its 14th annual production of the irreverent, raunchy and pitch-black dark holiday satire The Eight: Reindeer Monologues. (more...)

BWW Review: OC's Chance Theater presents Thought-Provoking Play TRIBESBWW Review: OC's Chance Theater presents Thought-Provoking Play TRIBES
by Michael Quintos - Oct 9, 2017

In its admirable Orange County premiere production directed by Marya Mazor, Chance Theater presents an intimately-staged version of Nina Raine's thoughtful, award-winning 2010 play TRIBES, now playing through October 22, 2017. This comedic drama which centers around a young deaf man caught between his hearing family and a new hearing impaired girlfriend asks: is it possible to choose one tribe over another, knowing what each brings to the table? (more...)

Photo Flash: OC Premiere of Nina Raine's TRIBES Comes to Chance TheaterPhoto Flash: OC Premiere of Nina Raine's TRIBES Comes to Chance Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2017

Chance Theater, Anaheim's official resident theater company, is pleased to announce the fifth show in our 19th Anniversary Season... Tribes. Written by Nina Raine and directed by Marya Mazor, Tribes will preview from September 24 through September 29; regular performances will begin September 30 and continue through October 22 at Chance Theater at Bette Aitken theater arts Center on the Cripe Stage. (more...)

California State University, Fullerton's 2017"2018 Season Opens with FRANKENSTEINCalifornia State University, Fullerton's 2017"2018 Season Opens with FRANKENSTEIN
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2017

Cal State Fullerton's 2017-2018 season opens with Frankenstein based on the novel by Mary Shelley, adapted by Bruce Goodrich and directed by CSUF Professor Maria Cominis, which runs September 29-October 15, 2017 in the Young Theatre on campus. An electrifying new version of Frankenstein will keep audiences mesmerized by the sheer power of Mary Shelley's 19th century classic. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at the So Cal Premiere of Lauren Yee's IN A WORD at Chance TheaterPhoto Flash: First Look at the So Cal Premiere of Lauren Yee's IN A WORD at Chance Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2017

Chance Theater, Anaheim's official resident theater company, presents the sixth show of its 2017 season... in a word. Written by former Chance Theater Resident Playwright Lauren Yee, in a word has received numerous awards and was recently named a New York Times Critic's Pick. Directed by Jocelyn A. Brown, in a word opens tomorrow, September 16, and continues through October 8 at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center on the Fyda-Mar Stage. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Review: ARSENIC AND OLD LACE - A Most Potent Showcase for Sheelagh Cullen And Jacque Lynn ColtonBWW Review: ARSENIC AND OLD LACE - A Most Potent Showcase for Sheelagh Cullen And Jacque Lynn Colton
by Gil Kaan - Aug 28, 2017

The 1941 ARSENIC AND OLD LACE gets a dusting off from the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble providing a wonderfully expressive vehicle for the acting talents of Sheelagh Cullen and Jacque Lynn Colton as Abby and Martha Brewster, the seemingly harmless and most delightful murderers of their single unattached male boarders. Cullen and Colton totally charm while dithering on ever so casually describing their deadly deeds as calmly as sharing a recipe of elderberry pie. (more...)

Laugh Out Loud with ARSENIC AND OLD LACE at the OdysseyLaugh Out Loud with ARSENIC AND OLD LACE at the Odyssey
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2017

Two murderous old ladies, a Theodore Roosevelt impersonator, a Boris Karloff look-alike and a theater critic in love. Odyssey Theatre Ensemble presents a revival of Joseph Kesserling's infectiously funny black comedy Arsenic and Old Lace. Directed by Elina de Santos, opening night is August 26 at the Odyssey Theatre. (more...)

Lauren Yee's IN A WORD Gets SoCal Premiere at Chance TheaterLauren Yee's IN A WORD Gets SoCal Premiere at Chance Theater
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2017

Chance Theater, Anaheim's official resident theater company, is pleased to announce the sixth show of our 2017 season… in a word. Written by former Chance Theater Resident Playwright Lauren Yee, in a word has received numerous awards and was recently named a New York Times Critic's Pick. Directed by Jocelyn A. Brown, in a word will preview from September 8 through September 15; regular performances will begin September 16 and continue through October 8 at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center on the Fyda-Mar Stage. (more...)

Laugh Out Loud with ARSENIC AND OLD LACE at the Odyssey
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2017

Two murderous old ladies, a Theodore Roosevelt impersonator, a Boris Karloff look-alike and a theater critic in love. Odyssey Theatre Ensemble presents a revival of Joseph Kesserling's infectiously funny black comedy Arsenic and Old Lace. Directed by Elina de Santos, opening night is August 19 at the Odyssey Theatre. (more...)

Chance Theater Proudly presents the Southern California Premiere of MIDDLETOWN
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

Chance Theater, Anaheim's official resident theater company, is pleased to announce the second show in our 19th Anniversary Season… Middletown. Written by Will Eno and directed by Trevor Biship, Middletown will preview from April 21 through April 28; regular performances will begin April 29 and continue through May 21 at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center on the intimate Fyda-Mar Stage. (more...)

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