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.
ANGELS IN AMERICA Part One: Millennium
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
THE 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.
As You Like It
By William Shakespeare; Directed by
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.
C. 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.
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.
JazzReach: 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.
THE 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.
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.
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.