Articles by Peter Balaskas

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

Rest Theatre Review – “Rest” Assured: A Poignant World Premiere

Rest Theatre Review – “Rest” Assured: A Poignant World Premiere Director Benson, Playwright Hunter, and a talented cast paint a detailed theatrical landscape full of tenderness and power

Segerstrom Center Performing Arts Review – Part Four of Five: Philharmonia Chamber Players and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Segerstrom Center Performing Arts Review – Part Four of Five: Philharmonia Chamber Players and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater The Philharmonia Chamber Players and the American Dance Theater simply emphasize the high quality and especially the diversity the Segerstrom Center offers

Reunion Theatre Review – A “Reunion” Filled With Laughs and Tears

Reunion Theatre Review – A “Reunion” Filled With Laughs and Tears Playwright Gregory S. Moss’s latest work proves that his creative voice is a wonderful addition to this Southern California regional theatre

Segerstrom Center Performing Arts Review – Continuing Segerstrom’s 2013/2014 Season, Part Three of Five: St. Lawrence String Quartet and Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo—LAC (after Swan Lake)

Segerstrom Center Performing Arts Review – Continuing Segerstrom’s 2013/2014 Season, Part Three of Five: St. Lawrence String Quartet and Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo—LAC (after Swan Lake) Both the chamber music quartet and the prestigious ballet company exude passionate energy and classical grace

Shakespeare Orange County Theatre Feature – One Big Family Under the Stars

Shakespeare Orange County Theatre Feature – One Big Family Under the Stars Under this new artistic direction, Shakespeare Orange County will expand its season and its outreach throughout Southern California

Segerstrom Center Performing Arts Review – Continuing Segerstrom’s 2013/2014 Season, Part Two of Five: Emerson String Quartet and the Hamburg Ballet

Segerstrom Center Performing Arts Review – Continuing Segerstrom’s 2013/2014 Season, Part Two of Five: Emerson String Quartet and the Hamburg Ballet Both the chamber music and dance programs surpass expectations as they begin 2014 with a bang

The Light in the Piazza Theatre Review – A Shining, Romantic “Light” in Orange County

The Light in the Piazza Theatre Review – A Shining, Romantic “Light” in Orange County This romantic musical is an exquisite selection for SCRs Golden Anniversary Season

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Feature – On the Money with the 3rd Annual Off Center Festival

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Feature – On the Money with the 3rd Annual Off Center Festival This exciting festival is celebrating its third year of eclectic music and dance performances, as well as contemporary theater

Trudy and Max in Love Theatre Review – This “Love” Story Needs Considerable Revision

Trudy and Max in Love Theatre Review – This “Love” Story Needs Considerable Revision Zoe Kazan’s amateurish, shallow script, the lackluster acting, and Lila Neugebauer’s sterile, anemic direction makes this show the most disappointing production during SCR’s 50th Anniversary

A Christmas Carol Theatre Review – A Joyous Theatrical Tradition Continues to Thrive

A Christmas Carol Theatre Review – A Joyous Theatrical Tradition Continues to Thrive After 34 straight years, this classic still captures and maintains the Christmas magic for Orange County audiences

Segerstrom Center Performing Arts Review – A Tour through Segerstrom’s 2013/2014 Season, Part One of Five

Segerstrom Center Performing Arts Review – A Tour through Segerstrom’s 2013/2014 Season, Part One of Five For the beginning of their 2013/2014 season, the Segerstrom Center’s jazz, dance, and chamber music productions proves to entice and amaze Orange County audiences

4000 Miles Theatre Review – This “4000 Miles” Trip Breaks Down and Crashes

4000 Miles Theatre Review – This “4000 Miles” Trip Breaks Down and Crashes Playwright Amy Herzog’s latest work suffers from flat, stilted dialogue, unlikable characters, and a completely unsatisfactory ending

Fast Company Theatre Review – This “Company” Races “Fast” and True with Wit and Intrigue

Fast Company Theatre Review – This “Company” Races “Fast” and True with Wit and Intrigue Newcomer scribe Carla Ching creates an entertaining tale involving family, the grifter life, and a valuable comic book

Smoke and Mirrors Theatre Review – This “Smoke” Billows With Magical Marvel

Smoke and Mirrors Theatre Review – This “Smoke” Billows With Magical Marvel At The Road Theatre, actor-magician Albie Selznick deftly combines mystical magic and personal pain, resulting in joy and wonder

Death of a Salesman Theatre Review – A Golden “Salesman” Shines with Theatrical Glory

Death of a Salesman Theatre Review – A Golden “Salesman” Shines with Theatrical Glory Serving as SCR’s Golden Anniversary season opener, Death of a Salesman is a powerful testament to the theatre’s legacy as a major artistic force in the country

Macbeth Theatre Review – A “Macbeth” immersed in murder and mayhem

Macbeth Theatre Review – A “Macbeth” immersed in murder and mayhem In the expert hands of Shakespeare Orange County, this popular play proves to be an exciting end to their 2013 season

Twelfth Night Theatre Review – A “Night” of Love, Laughter, and Legs with Cross-gartered Yellow Stockings

Twelfth Night Theatre Review – A “Night” of Love, Laughter, and Legs with Cross-gartered Yellow Stockings  Led by the talented Karissa Vacker, John Frederick Jones and especially John Walcutt, Shakespeare Orange County’s season opener is a romantic and humorous crowd pleaser

The Fantasticks Theatre Review – “Fantastick” Magic Conjured in Orange County

The Fantasticks Theatre Review – “Fantastick” Magic Conjured in Orange County South Coast Repertory’s The Fantasticks serves as a perfect theatrical finale for its 2012/2013 season

Steel Magnolias Theatre Review – This Laguna “Magnolia” Blooms into a Beauty

Steel Magnolias Theatre Review – This Laguna “Magnolia” Blooms into a Beauty In this character-driven production, the talented acting ensemble provides healthy doses of heart and soul

Smokefall Theatre Review –“Smokefall” Rises with Creative Magic

Smokefall Theatre Review –“Smokefall” Rises with Creative Magic Led by the brilliant Orson Bean, Smokefall is a profound, surreal theatrical ride about family, life, and even the joys of apple pie

The Whale Theatre Review – This “Whale” Swims into the Dark Realms of Guilt

The Whale Theatre Review – This “Whale” Swims into the Dark Realms of Guilt Courtesy of playwright Samuel D. Hunter’s layered dialogue and especially Matthew Arkin’s phenomenal lead performance, The Whale is a careful exploration of how redemption is sought and earned

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