Articles by Peter Balaskas

Short Films Review – “Papa” and “Auto-Cowrecked” Demonstrate How Humans Connect

Short Films Review – “Papa” and “Auto-Cowrecked” Demonstrate How Humans Connect Overall, both filmmakers show their artistry with these cinematic gems

Peter and the Starcatcher Theatre Review – A Crazy “Star” Shoots Over Orange County

Peter and the Starcatcher Theatre Review – A Crazy “Star” Shoots Over Orange County South Coast Repertory ends its 51st season with this family-friendly, slapstick theatrical treat

Chasing Yesterday Film Review – “Yesterday” Joins Other Poignant Works at Newport Beach Film Festival

Chasing Yesterday Film Review – “Yesterday” Joins Other Poignant Works at Newport Beach Film Festival Director Pernice’s feature debut is a true comedic gem that adds to the festival experience

Reparation Film Review – A Thrilling “Reparation” at Newport Beach

Reparation Film Review – A Thrilling “Reparation” at Newport Beach Courteous of Kyle Ham’s expert direction, a detailed script and fine acting, “Reparation” serves as another example of a quality independent thriller screened at the Newport Beach Film Festival

Newport Beach Film Festival Shorts Review – “Short” Cinematic Gems Sparkle at Newport Beach

Newport Beach Film Festival Shorts Review – “Short” Cinematic Gems Sparkle at Newport Beach At the 2015 Newport Beach Film Festival, three short films deliver an emotional punch that matches their full feature counterparts

Mr. Wolf Theatre Review – A “Wolf” Stalks Carefully in Orange County

Mr. Wolf Theatre Review – A “Wolf” Stalks Carefully in Orange County Although he briefly utilizes a tired cliché in the second act, Rajiv Joseph's script still possesses a multilayered dimensionality, which matches the brilliance of the actors

Of Good Stock Theatre Review – A Fine “Stock” of Laughter and Tears

Of Good Stock Theatre Review – A Fine “Stock” of Laughter and Tears Thanks to the brilliant cast and Gaye Taylor Upchurch’s visionary direction, playwright Melissa Ross’s dramatic voice is one of the strongest at SCR

Swan Lake Theatre Review – An Elegant “Swan” Graces Irvine Barclay Theatre

Swan Lake Theatre Review – An Elegant “Swan” Graces Irvine Barclay Theatre Courtesy of the powerful lead performances by Yuan Yuan Tan and Tiit Helimets, Tchaikovsky ends his Orange County ballet run with elegant style in IBT’s “Swan Lake”

tokyo fish story Theatre Review – An Appetizing, Poetic “Fish” Tale

tokyo fish story Theatre Review – An Appetizing, Poetic  “Fish” Tale With their latest production at the Julianne Argyros Stage, “tokyo fish story,” SCR not only transcends into theatrical excellence, but also transforms the beauty of food into an art form

The Sleeping Beauty Theatre Review – An Enchanting “Beauty” in Orange County

The Sleeping Beauty Theatre Review – An Enchanting “Beauty” in Orange County Dancing to the live music of the Pacific Symphony, the American Ballet Theatre presents their amazing world premiere at the Segerstrom Hall

Kneehigh’s Tristan and Yseult Theatre Review –An Updated, Classic Love Story That Dazzles

Kneehigh’s Tristan and Yseult Theatre Review –An Updated, Classic Love Story That Dazzles As this UK theatre troupe comes to South Coast Repertory with their latest work, Kneehigh’s dynamic creativity combines musical merriment with subtle poignancy

Potted Potter Theatre Review – This Playful “Potter” is Priceless Fun in Orange County

Potted Potter Theatre Review – This Playful “Potter” is Priceless Fun in Orange County Whether you are a Harry Potter aficionado or a newbie, Potted Potter brings laughs and much joy to Irvine Barclay Theatre audiences

The Whipping Man Theatre Review –A “Man” Who Soars Free in Southern California

The Whipping Man Theatre Review –A “Man” Who Soars Free in Southern California This multidimensional story about freedom, traditions and redemption is brought to life in incredibly dynamic ways, thanks to Lopez’s layered writing, Martin Benson’s tight direction and the talented cast, lead by SCR veteran Charlie Robinson

The Nutcracker Theatre Review – This “Nutcracker” Brings Traditional Christmas Joy to Orange County

The Nutcracker Theatre Review – This “Nutcracker” Brings Traditional Christmas Joy to Orange County Courtesy of the Festival Ballet Theatre’s artistry, this classic brings an enchanting evening to the Irvine Barclay Theatre

A Christmas Carol Theatre Review – A “Carol” that Continues to Capture the Soul

A Christmas Carol Theatre Review – A “Carol” that Continues to Capture the Soul During its 35th anniversary, lead actor Hal Landon, Jr., director John-David Keller and a talented cast create Christmas magic once again at SCR

Zealot Theatre Review – SCR Brings a Commanding “Zealot” to Southern California

Zealot Theatre Review – SCR Brings a Commanding “Zealot” to Southern California Rebeck’s writing, Marc Masterson’s direction and the potent acting by the stars exposes grave injustices from a moral and political standpoint

Venus in Fur Theatre Review – SCR Artists Restore a Fine “Venus”

Venus in Fur Theatre Review – SCR Artists Restore a Fine “Venus” The electrifying performances by Graham Hamilton and Jaimi Paige save the play from its own defects

BackHausdance Theatre Review – A “Dance” Troupe that Gives a Perfect Curtain Call to Shakespeare Orange County

BackHausdance Theatre Review – A “Dance” Troupe that Gives a Perfect Curtain Call to Shakespeare Orange County By ending its 2014 season with the spectacular BackHausdance, Shakespeare Orange County fulfills its daring mission as it establishes itself as a multifaceted regional theatre in Southern California

Made in Taiwan Theatre Review – This “Taiwan” Story Fortifies Cultural Bridge at Shakespeare Orange County

Made in Taiwan Theatre Review – This “Taiwan” Story Fortifies Cultural Bridge at Shakespeare Orange County Krusiec’s one-woman show has proven that she is one of those rare actors who starts off in the entertainment industry young, stays on course in terms of professional maturity, and develops artistically into a talented actress of stage and screen

The Tempest Theatre Review –A Magical “Tempest” Surges and Flourishes in Orange County

The Tempest Theatre Review –A Magical “Tempest” Surges and Flourishes in Orange County Brilliant acting, delicate direction and spectacular magic make The Tempest a profoundly perfect production for SCR as it begins its 51st season

Trieu Tran (Unplugged) Theatre Review – An ”Unplugged” Journey into Racism, Forgiveness and Redemption

Trieu Tran (Unplugged) Theatre Review – An ”Unplugged” Journey into Racism, Forgiveness and Redemption Shakespeare Orange County delves into the Vietnamese culture with actor Trieu Tran’s critically acclaimed one-man show

The Tavern Theatre Review – A Fun, Hilarious Night Occurs at this “Tavern”

The Tavern Theatre Review – A Fun, Hilarious Night Occurs at this “Tavern” Shakespeare Orange County successfully breaks new ground in its vision and evolution with this contemporary classic

Segerstrom Center Performing Arts Review – Segerstrom’s 2013/2014 Season, Part Five: Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev: Solo for Two

Segerstrom Center Performing Arts Review – Segerstrom’s 2013/2014 Season, Part Five: Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev: Solo for Two Ballet veterans Osipova and Vasiliev exude grace and passionate stage chemistry in this Orange County debut

A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream Theatre Review – The Troubadours Invade Garden Grove…with Hilarious, Sidesplitting Results

A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream Theatre Review – The Troubadours Invade Garden Grove…with Hilarious, Sidesplitting Results The LA Based Troubadours makes a smashing debut at Shakespeare Orange County, combining Shakespeare…and (gulp) disco

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Theatre Review – A Magnificently Multicultural “Night” at Orange County

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Theatre Review – A Magnificently Multicultural “Night” at Orange County Courtesy of a talented, multiethnic cast and Susan Angelo's deft direction, this popular Shakespearean comedy enhances Garden Grove’s presence as a cultural capital in Orange County

Stinky Cheese Man Theatre Review – This “Stinky Man” Brings Aromatic Joy to Kids and Adults

Stinky Cheese Man Theatre Review – This “Stinky Man” Brings Aromatic Joy to Kids and Adults SCR's theatrical program finale is a pure treat for audiences of all ages

Tartuffe Theatre Review – A Darker “Tartuffe” Ruined by Its Own Excesses

Tartuffe Theatre Review – A Darker “Tartuffe” Ruined by Its Own Excesses  In an attempt to get to the dark underbelly of religious fanaticism, Director Dominique Serrand completely destroys SCR’s season finale by confusing satire with gratuitous shock clichés

The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois Theatre Review – These “Lights” Shine the Brightest at SCR

The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois Theatre Review – These “Lights” Shine the Brightest at SCR Rapp’s dramatic voice, as well as a superb cast, makes this production the best world premiere in SCR’s Golden Anniversary season

Five Mile Lake Theatre Review – A Flawed, but Placid “Lake”

Five Mile Lake Theatre Review – A Flawed, but Placid “Lake” Despite its structural blemishes, Five Mile Lake is still a crowd pleaser with its sharp dialogue and naturalistic acting

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