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  • 'Chapatti' exceeds simplistic cat-versus-dog tale

    Think a play that features a dog and 19 cats is about pets? Think again.

    True, Christian O’Reilly’s play “Chapatti” places its canine and feline characters front and center – but only to illustrate the personality traits of two people in particular and human nature in general.

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  • ‘Chapatti’ Delights Hearts and Minds

    He enters the stage calling out to a dog named Chapatti and segues into a monologue about the animal’s idiosyncrasies and wanting to give his piano to his landlord. Except there is no dog in sight, no one plays the piano and for the first 10 minutes one might think that the man we get to know as Dan is eulogizing his pet or has gone mental in some way.

    So begins “Chapatti,” a multi-faceted, perfectly paced, poignant and also humor-laced one-act play by Christian O’Reilly.

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  • 'Chapatti' play a pet project

    The power of companionship between two lonely pet owners is explored in the two-person play “Chapatti.”

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  • ‘Chapatti’ and the Long Road to Love

    “It was a gorgeous story, beautifully told in just straight poetic language.”

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  • Sleeping Beauty and Holiday Traditions

    If you’ve read any of my posts, you’d know that I love theater and taking my family to as many shows as possible. It doesn’t matter the venue; I’m always up for a show. Last month one of my friends was talking about having a mom’s night out with our kids to see Sleeping Beauty at the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach instead of a regular holiday dinner gift exchange. I loved the idea of making holiday memories that didn’t consist of food and gifts, instead of experiences.

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  • Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight - WOW!

    Lythgoe Family Panto is back in the OC as the Laguna Playhouse treats kids of all ages to Sleeping Beauty And Her Winter Knight, Orange County’s most song, dance, and laugh-packed December treat.

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  • Family-friendly 'Sleeping Beauty' in Laguna is broadly silly, musically solid

    The Lythgoe family is working to establish a holiday tradition in Orange County theater in the form of the panto. If Laguna Playhouse continues as a presenting house each December, that very well may come to pass.

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  • Wendie Malick & Dan Lauria to Lead Love Letters at Laguna Playhouse

    Love Letters is the story of a love affair carried on primarily through letters, written in and about a world where letter-writing was very much an essential mode of communication, especially between men and women. This play will be presented in the traditional manner - very simply, with the two actors seated, reading from the script, as if from letters.

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  • Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight @ Laguna Playhouse - Review

    “A panto is a traditional fairy tale complete with songs, dances, jokes, exaggerated characters and lots of audience participation.” Panto is the word being used to describe Laguna Playhouse’s Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight, and it is apt.

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  • Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight at Laguna Playhouse is Laguna Beach!

    Laguna Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Panto announce a very special Holiday Event!

     

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  • Laguna Playhouse returns to holiday panto with 'Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight'

    Cozi Zuehlsdorff stars with the ensemble in the Laguna Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Panto production of “Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight.” 

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  • The Lythgoes Bring ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Panto to the Laguna Playhouse

    The Lythgoes bring Laguna Playhouse its second annual holiday show.

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  • M*A*S*H Vet Stars in Laguna Operation

    Loretta Swit says she finds fulfillment portraying Eleanor Roosevelt in a one-woman show.

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  • Review: 'Chapatti' a fetching (and affecting) saga of moving on

    The entire idea of the “meet cute” might have met its match with “Chapatti,” a play in which a man and woman’s first encounter occurs over a spilled box of kittens.

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  • Critic's Choice : 'The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey' shines with humanity

    There's nothing quite as gratifying as spending 90 minutes in the company of a gifted storyteller.

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  • Review: ‘The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey,’ James Lecesne’s One-Man Play

    A show about the brutal murder of a 14-year-old boy should not, logically speaking, leave you beaming with joy. And yet that’s the paradoxical effect of “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey,” a superlative solo show at Dixon Place written and performed by James Lecesne, himself a pretty darn dazzling beacon of theatrical talent.

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  • The Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre Presents The Boxcar Children

    The Boxcar Children is coming to Laguna! The Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre presents this production on-stage beginning Friday, November 11 through Sunday November 20 at the Laguna Playhouse Moulton Theatre, The Boxcar Children will be directed by Bethanie Knieser, with musical direction by Mark Turnbull.

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  • Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight

    Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Joely Fisher, Barry Pearl and More to Star in SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT at Laguna Playhouse

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  • Double Play: Wild About Wilder—and Chandler, Too

    What are the actuarial odds? A pair of plays may have theatergoers and film buffs seeing double. Within a week, by sheer coincidence, two different shows about writer/director Billy Wilder have opened on SoCal stages and at the heart of both is the creation of the 1944 film noir classic Double Indemnity, which Wilder helmed and co-wrote with that maestro of mysteries and crime fiction, Raymond Chandler.

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  • Purposeful Play: Youth Theater’s Benefits Go Beyond the Stage

    Th Laguna Playhouse's Youth Theatre program offers rich, hands-on learning opportunities for aspiring actors and curious minds alike. 

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  • Easy-to-take Rockapella Weaves Pure Vocal Magic

    Even if you don’t realize it, you’ve probably heard the singing of “Rockapella,” an a cappella group as steeped in the commercial side of show-biz as in the artistic. 

    Though it’s been around since 1991, the quintet has never performed at Laguna Playhouse – so hats off to that venue for offering these five super-talented gents a showcase for their masterful vocal skills.

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  • Broadway World: Chapatti at North Coast Rep

    The much-anticipated San Diego directing debut of well-known actress and director Judith Ivey in the west coast premiere of Christian O'Reilly's Irish-themed comedic drama Chapatti at North Coast Rep did not disappoint.

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  • Lee Rocker Shares More Than Music in Laguna Playhouse show

    Grammy Award-nominated Stray Cats bass player Lee Rocker is ready to rock his hometown inside out. The Laguna Beach resident and rockabilly icon will debut his newest show Sunday at the Laguna Playhouse.

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  • Rockapella Performs Popular Hits at Laguna Playhouse

    Rockapella is undoubtedly the seminal a cappella singing group in the US. In this era of NBC’s The Sing-Off, movies like Pitch Perfect and innumerable school vocal groups, certainly with almost 25 years on the scene, Rockapella has been a strong influence on the genre. And their exciting, perfectly executed performance was a thorough pleasure to experience.

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  • Rockapella celebrates 25 years at Laguna Playhouse

    The Laguna Playhouse stage will present the group’s newest touring concert “Hits Like You Never Heard” for three weeks, beginning Wednesday and running through Aug. 28. This will be the first time the group has performed at the playhouse.

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  • L.A. small-theater hit 'Louis & Keely' makes comeback after six years

    Louis & Keely: Live at the Sahara” is back on its feet after a six-year interruption and is headed for the Geffen Playhouse and Laguna Playhouse this winter in what’s billed as a new production that includes Taylor Hackford as director and Vanessa Claire Stewart as pop singer Keely Smith.

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  • First Look at Laguna Playhouse's Louis & Keely 'Live' at the Sahara

    LOUIS & KEELY: 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARA is the compelling story of Louis Prima and Keely Smith, who were an American musical sensation in the 50's and 60's, pioneering the Lounge Act in Las Vegas.

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  • Critic's Choice 'Louis & Keely': It's still got that swing

    Vintage nightclub artistry ignites palpable frissons around the Geffen Playhouse, where “Louis & Keely: ‘Live’ at the Sahara” has sailed back in triumph.

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  • Louis & Keely Revives the Vegas Lounge Llife

    Tony Award winner Anthony Crivello and Vanessa Claire Stewart mesmerize in the Laguna Playhouse show, "Louis & Keely 'Live' at the Sahara."

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  • Vibrant 'Louis and Keely' captures excitement of bygone musical era

    Singer, trumpet player and bandleader Louis Prima may not have the name recognition of Frank Sinatra, but in “Louis and Keely ‘Live’ at the Sahara,” a stage bio with music, Sinatra is but a supporting character.

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  • Student, teacher match wits in 'Sex and Education'

    "Director Andrew Barnicle establishes a brisk, good-humored pace that enables him to sidestep every sand trap and land mine."

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  • 'Sex and Education' a potent combination in Laguna

    "Lissa Levin’s play provokes well-earned laughs as well as deep reflection."

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  • ‘Sex and Education,’ a Heady Mix on Stage!

    "A hilarious success!"

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  • On Theater: A remedial romp in Laguna

    "The show turns both sex and education into gold mines for comedy at the Laguna Playhouse."

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  • Moving lessons in ‘Sex and Education’ at the Laguna Playhouse

    "Tool on down to beautiful Laguna to catch this fine performance of a most moving play."

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  • 'Sex and Education' at the Laguna Playhouse

    "Absolute hilarity!"

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  • Sex and Education - A new hit at the Laguna Playhouse

    "A creative, fresh masterpiece."

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  • Show's Inspiration Rises from Below Ground

    "A funny and intelligent romp...Emerson Collins as Alex is first-rate"

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  • Emerson Collins to Star in Buyer & Cellar at Laguna Playhouse

    Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham is thrilled to announce the sixth and final show in the Laguna Playhouse 2015-2016 season, Emerson Collins starring in Buyer and Cellar.

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  • On Theater: Broad comedy in Babs' basement

    "It's high comedy with an imaginative twist at the Laguna Playhouse."

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  • A Hunk, A Hunk of Burning Yes!

    If you find yourself in Laguna Beach, make plans to see All Shook Up. You can thank me later.

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  • Elvis Gets Laguna "All Shook Up"

    Elvis Presley, Shakespeare and a touch of "Footloose" may not seem like a match made in theatrical heaven, but somehow it all comes together in the sprightly musical "All Shook Up," now entertaining audiences (and festival-goers) at the Laguna Playhouse.

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  • WOW! All Shook Up

    A whole lot of shaking’s going on in Laguna Beach this summer as a mix of East-coasters and OC locals join talents to entertain audiences of all ages with All Shook Up, the crowd-pleasingest jukebox musical since Mamma, Mia!

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  • Love-Filled Daisy Chain in ‘All Shook Up’

    “A bless my soul what is wrong with me; I’m itching like a man on a fuzzy tree…. I’m in love, I’m all shook up.”

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  • 'All Shook Up' a whole hunka burnin' Elvis fun

    No question that “All Shook Up” deserves, and has earned, a place on theater season schedules as a crowd-pleaser, and Laguna’s production more than delivers on that promise.

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  • All Shook Up - The Music of Elvis Presley

    The plot of the play is all about love, what else! So it’s where Shakespeare meets Elvis.  One girl’s dream and a surprise visit from a mysterious leather-jacketed, guitar-playing stranger help a small town to discover the magic of romance and the power of rock & roll in this all Elvis musical, loosely based on William Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night.

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  • Rockapella Sings Nostalgic a Capella

    What is it about a cappella pop groups that makes their spirit so playful? As Rockapella, an influential ensemble since the early 1990s, performed a sleek set of oldies at Feinstein’s/54 Below on Friday, the show became the musical equivalent of watching the members of a basketball team happily toss a ball around.

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  • Story of Hollywood Legends Billy & Ray Will Return to the West Coast

    Mike Bencivenga’s tale of Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler will play the Laguna Playhouse.

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  • 'Billy & Ray' in Laguna goes behind the scenes of the iconic film 'Double Indemnity'

    The 1943 Academy Award-nominated film “Double Indemnity” made a groundbreaking impact on censorship in the American film industry with its graphic themes of scamming, murder and adultery. But what was happening behind the scenes between the film’s writers is actually a revolutionary – and entertaining – story in itself.

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  • It's hate at first sight for 'Billy & Ray'

    One look at “Billy & Ray” and you’ll marvel that the 1944 thriller “Double Indemnity” was even made, let alone that it set trends in the film noir genre and emerged as a landmark in the battle against Hollywood censorship.

    That’s because the movie’s key creators, director Billy Wilder and writer Raymond Chandler, were about as compatible as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

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  • Pairing of ‘Billy & Ray’ Proves a Hit

    The pulp fiction story by James M. Cain turned into “Double Indemnity,” the 1944 film noir thriller that enraptured audiences with a plot and action that craftily circumvented censorship.

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  • Felder's 'Tchaikovsky' a potent ode at Rep

    We invite you to bring him home to us.”

    Those words, which carry both warmth and a lingering note of warning, capture the conflict at the heart of “Our Great Tchaikovsky,” Hershey Felder’s potent new solo ode to the great Russian composer.

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  • 'Our Great Tchaikovsky' at Laguna Playhouse offers a new look at the famed Russian composer

    A composer’s sexual orientation should rarely, if ever, enter into our estimation of him or his music, especially if he’s a world-renowned figure from classical music.

    But when those tendencies shape his personality, life and music, and his native country legislates homosexuality as a crime, that factor can’t be ignored.

    That makes Hershey Felder’s “Our Great Tchaikovsky,” directed by Trevor Hay at Laguna Playhouse through March 26, unique among his collection of painstakingly researched, written and performed one-man shows.

     

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  • Thanks to ‘King of the Road,’ it’s Miller Time in Laguna

    No question that Roger Miller was one of the most singular talents ever to hit the pop charts, a quirky singer-songwriter with a wisecracking, self-deprecating persona and a musical style steeped in bluegrass.

    Making heads or tails of his life in a musical stage bio must have been a challenge for Miller’s wife, Mary Arnold Miller, but also a labor of love – yet, in its world premiere at Laguna Playhouse, “King of the Road: The Roger Miller Story” emerges with the same ease and fluidity as any of Miller’s hit songs.

    That’s a clear testament to the script, co-written with Cort Casady; director Andrew Barnicle’s adroit staging; and eight extraordinary performers: four filling the play’s dozens of speaking roles, four on-stage musicians (including musical director Omar D. Brancato).

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