Articles by Peter Balaskas

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

Chinglish Theatre Review – Chinglish Brings Celebratory Cheer to Orange County

Chinglish Theatre Review – Chinglish Brings Celebratory Cheer to Orange County Tony award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang explores the issues of language barriers and misunderstandings in his hilarious and insightful comedy, Chinglish, which is a welcome addition to South Coast Repertory’s 2012-2013 Season

Chapter Two Theatre Review – A Theatrical Best Seller at Laguna Beach

Chapter Two Theatre Review – A Theatrical Best Seller at Laguna Beach Courtesy of Andrew Barnicle’s deft direction and his talented actors, Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical love story captures all the romantic laughs and tender-hearted tears

Wicked Lit. 2012 Theatre Review – A “Wicked” Tour of Tantalizing Terror

Wicked Lit. 2012 Theatre Review – A “Wicked” Tour of Tantalizing Terror Courtesy of superior acting and direction, Wicked Lit’s successful adaptation of three obscure horror tales has resulted in an extension to their theatre run

The 39 Steps Theatre Review – These “Steps” Dance with Hilarity and Nostalgia

The 39 Steps Theatre Review – These “Steps” Dance with Hilarity and Nostalgia At the Laguna Playhouse, this hilarious adaptation of a Hitchcock classic brings a wonderful sense of slapstick silliness

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Theatre Review – There’s NOTHING Like Love in Orange County

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Theatre Review – There’s NOTHING Like Love in Orange County At Shakespeare Orange County, stage veterans Michael Nehring and Evelyn Carol Case drive this timeless play with class and comedic flair

RICHARD III Theatre Review – This Infamous Villain Slashes, Seduces, Slays, and Smiles at Shakespeare Orange County

RICHARD III Theatre Review – This Infamous Villain Slashes, Seduces, Slays, and Smiles at Shakespeare Orange County For this 2012 season opener at Shakespeare Orange County, theatre, film, and television veteran John Walcutt is absolute perfection in the title role

Jitney Theatre Review - August Wilson’s Jackpot of a Jalopy Jaunts into Orange County

Jitney Theatre Review - August Wilson’s Jackpot of a Jalopy Jaunts into Orange County As far as JITNEY is concerned, South Coast Repertory has chosen a perfectly dynamic way to end their 2011-2012 season, courtesy of a top-notch cast, led by SCR vet Charlie Robinson

The Prince of Atlantis Theatre Review - A Royal Gem in Orange County

The Prince of Atlantis Theatre Review - A Royal Gem in Orange County This World Premiere at the South Coast Repertory proves to be a success while delving into family and self-discovery

The Burbank International Film Festival - Legendary Roger Corman Honored; Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films Saluted

The Burbank International Film Festival - Legendary Roger Corman Honored; Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films Saluted At the 2011 Burbank International Film Festival: Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Film Night, Cinematic Guru Roger Corman received The Pioneer in Sci-Fi Filmmaking Award, paving the way for promising filmmakers in the genre

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