Here it is, just a few days before Christmas and some of you might still be searching for the perfect Christmas gift for that hard-to-shop-for person in your life.  With so many top notch theater venues in and around Irvine how about giving the gift of a great OC theater experience?  Here's an overview of what's coming to some of the best OC theater venues these last few days of December and into 2014.  

 

UCI Theater

  AngelsANGELS IN AMERICA Part One: Millennium Approaches

Written by Tony Kushner; Directed by Gavin Cameron-Webb
Performances:  Jan 25 - Feb 2 in the Robert Cohen Theatre (Grand Theater Re-Opening Production)

Today, as the issues and concerns of the LGBT community struggle to become more visible, the deeper issues of ANGELS appear to be more important than ever-the recognition that, within our own communities, among our own citizens, fear and ignorance and invisibility still drive much political
perception.

DedanTHE TRIAL OF DEDAN KIMATHI

Written by Ngugi wa Thiong'o in collaboration with Micere Githae-Mugo; Directed by Guest Artist, Jaye Austin Williams, Choreographed by Sheron Wray

Performances: March 8 - March 16 in the Experimental Media Performance Lab (xPML)

These issues of citizenship, justice and fear are put into powerful relief in Ngugi wa Thiong'o and Micere Mugo's play THE TRIAL OF DEDAN KIMATHI, a piece that resonates across time and space from 1956 Kenya to speak to us in the United States in 2013 about ongoing divisions of race, gender, class, and language in our society. The play, resonating from within Kenya's heart and its history, reaches across historical and geographical divides to touch us locally, on our own UCI campus, as well as in the larger community in Southern California, and the US.

 AsYouLikeItAs You Like It

By William Shakespeare; Directed by Jane Page
Performances: April 26 - May 4 in the New Swan Theater in the Robert Cohen Theatre

Just like a fairy tale, with fantastical twists and turns, Shakespeare's story is a wild romp where brothers scheme and plot and young couples fall instantly and hopelessly in love. Originally set in France, this production will take place in that most romantic of American locales, New
Orleans (the Big Easy) and the outlying Cajun country. All ends as "we" would like it to... happily ever after.

 

The Irvine Barclay Theatre

screwtapeC. S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters

December 27 - 29, 2013

C.S. Lewis' brilliant novel The Screwtape Letters, reveals spiritual warfare from a demon's point of view. A sold-out hit in New York, Chicago, Boston, Dallas and Washington, D.C., this funny, provocative, and wickedly witty theatrical adaptation, directed by Max McLean, will change the way you think about how demons influence your everyday life.   Performance includes after-show talkback about the play with Max McLean.

 tango Luis Bravo's Forever Tango (Dance)

January 16 - 17, 2014

A recent Broadway hit, Forever Tango features Argentina's best - 14 world-class dancers accompanied by a vocalist and the hypnotic rhythms of a live orchestra.  Passionate and sophisticated, the dancers of Forever Tango inhabit a world where everything can be said with the flick of a leg, the tug of a hand, the tap of a foot and the arch of an eyebrow.

JazzJazzReach: Miles Davis and the Blue Flame Incident

Featuring the Metta Quintet  (Jazz/Blues, Music)

January 24, 2014

A multi-media celebration of the groundbreaking music of the iconic trumpeter, bandleader and cultural provocateur, Miles Davis.  Using jazz and 20th century America as a backdrop, Miles Davis and the Blue Flame Incident (which alludes to one of Davis' earliest childhood memories)traverses the music of one of the most compelling, infinitely creative, and trailblazing artists the music world has known.

South Coast Repertory Theater

LightTHE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA
book by Craig Lucas
music and lyrics by Adam Guettel
directed by Kent Nicholson

January 24 - February 23, 2014

Filled with sunshine, light as a summer breeze, this exhilarating musical follows the Italian travels of Margaret Johnson and her stunningly beautiful daughter, Clara. When a dashing young Italian captures Clara's heart, Margaret is compelled to reveal the secret about her daughter. Even as she struggles with concern about Clara's future, she must decide whether or not to release her hold-and bravely give the young lovers her blessing.

restREST
by Samuel D. Hunter
directed by Martin Benson
March 28 - April 27, 2014

A nursing home in northern Idaho is shutting down. Only three patients remain-and one of them is lost. Gerald, 91 and suffering from Alzheimers, has wandered off, leaving his wife Etta and her friend Tom. Remaining staff includes a new 20-year-old cook and two longtime employees, women suddenly faced with a crisis of their own. In the midst of a record-breaking blizzard, the search for Gerald takes an unexpected turn-as the others find themselves powerless in the face of an uncertain future.

tartuffeTARTUFFE
by Molière
adapted by David Ball; directed by Dominique Serrand
May 9 - June 8, 2014

They banned it in Paris. But that was in 1664. Three hundred years later, it would be the play to put SCR on the map. Now, celebrate the landmark 50th Season with a revival of this classic comedy about the man who gave the word "hypocrite" a bad reputation. A family watches in astonishment as the head of the household falls under Tartuffe's spell. While they scheme to get rid of the false prophet, he does himself in, proving that when your thoughts are supposed to be turned heavenward, it's a good idea not to reveal earthly desires, especially when someone is hiding in the closet-or under the table.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

 Beauty

 
 

Disney's Beauty and the Beast
1/14/2014 - 1/19/2014

Based on Disney's Academy Award®-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including "Be Our Guest" and the beloved title song.

Chicago

 

Chicago
1/28/2014 - 2/2/2014

A true New York City institution, CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping-song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you've ever seen.

 wizard of oz
 

The Wizard of Oz
2/11/2014 - 2/23/2014

Andrew Lloyd Webber's new production of THE WIZARD OF OZ is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage with all the beloved songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.