Articles by Peter Balaskas

The Comedy of Errors Theatre Review - This "Errors" is Truly Flawless

The Comedy of Errors Theatre Review - This "Errors" is Truly Flawless SOC regulars Shaun Anthony and Jeremy Schaeg, as well as Alyssa Bradac’s expert direction, help provide a slide-splitting finale to the Orange County theatre’s 20th Season

The Comedy of Errors Theatre Review - This "Errors" is Truly Flawless

The Comedy of Errors Theatre Review - This "Errors" is Truly Flawless SOC regulars Shaun Anthony and Jeremy Schaeg, as well as Alyssa Bradac’s expert direction, help provide a slide-splitting finale to the Orange County theatre’s 20th season

The Comedy of Errors Theatre Review - This "Errors" is Truly Flawless

The Comedy of Errors Theatre Review - This "Errors" is Truly Flawless SOC regulars Shaun Anthony and Jeremy Schaeg, as well as Alyssa Bradac’s expert direction, help provide a slide-splitting finale to the Orange County theatre’s 20th season

The Comedy of Errors Theatre Review - This "Errors" is Truly Flawless

The Comedy of Errors Theatre Review - This "Errors" is Truly Flawless SOC regulars Shaun Anthony and Jeremy Schaeg, as well as Alyssa Bradac’s expert direction, help provide a slide-splitting finale to the Orange County theatre’s 20th season

The Comedy of Errors Theatre Review - This "Errors" is Truly Flawless

The Comedy of Errors Theatre Review - This "Errors" is Truly Flawless SOC regulars Shaun Anthony and Jeremy Schaeg, as well as Alyssa Bradac’s expert direction, help provide a slide-splitting finale to the Orange County theatre’s 20th season

Julius Caesar Theatre Review - A Bloody Good Voyage into Betrayal

Julius Caesar Theatre Review - A Bloody Good Voyage into Betrayal With Director Carl Reggiardo at the helm, and veteran actors David Denman and John Walcutt as the leads, S.O.C. 20th Anniversary opener mixes political action with keen philosophical insight on ambition and honor

A Midsummer Night's Dream Theatre Review - This Wonderful "Dream" Shines in the Hills

A Midsummer Night's Dream Theatre Review - This Wonderful "Dream" Shines in the Hills Director Sam R. Ross and his brilliant actors bring this adapted, updated, and shortened romantic comedy to life with side-splitting results

Extraordinary Chambers Theatre Review – This “Chambers” Opens the Door to Genocide and Inner Pain

Extraordinary Chambers Theatre Review – This “Chambers” Opens the Door to Genocide and Inner Pain Courtesy of the riveting eloquence of David Wiener’s text and the potent performances by its stars, CHAMBERS explores the agonies of loss with realistically frightening results

As You Like It Theatre Review - Orange County Shakespeare's Comedic Production a Charming Debut for its 2009 Season

As You Like It Theatre Review - Orange County Shakespeare's Comedic Production a Charming Debut for its 2009 Season Shakespeare Orange County's AS YOU LIKE IT is a joyous, exciting adventure into love and mistaken identity, courtesy of a solid direction by Carl Reggiardo and a phenomenal performance by Kara Revel as Rosalind

Richard III Theatre Review - The Infamous Duke of Gloucester Seduces and Kills With Sinister Glee at A Noise Within

Richard III Theatre Review - The Infamous Duke of Gloucester Seduces and Kills With Sinister Glee at A Noise Within The Bard's most notorious historical villain is very much alive and well (but, alas, this cannot be said for his victims) as RICHARD III proves to be an spectacular 2009/2010 season opener for the Glendale based theatre troupe

Southern Comfort Theater Review - Long Beach Production is a Romantic "Comfort" for the Soul

Southern Comfort Theater Review - Long Beach Production is a Romantic "Comfort" for the Soul With veteran actors Michael Learned and Granville Van Dusen at the helm, Kathleen Clark’s play on the budding relationship between a retired widow and widower brings a glimmer of romantic hope in a world filled with bitter cynicism

A Midsummer Night's Dream Theatre Review - A Hilariously Sweet "Dream" in Orange County

A Midsummer Night's Dream Theatre Review - A Hilariously Sweet "Dream" in Orange County Director Mark Rucker’s vision and the comedic timing of his talented cast illustrate once again the superior craftsmanship this Orange County theatre troupe possesses



The Train Driver Theatre Review - This "Driver" Gloriously Rockets Full Speed Ahead

The Train Driver Theatre Review - This "Driver" Gloriously Rockets Full Speed Ahead This year, Athol Fugard’s U.S. premiere of THE TRAIN DRIVER is a true testament of how a talented playwright and theatre company can come together to create a story about race, rage, and redemption

King Lear Theatre Review - This King Lear Howls With Madness and Pride

King Lear Theatre Review - This King Lear Howls With Madness and Pride Director Thomas F. Bradac and his talented cast at Shakespeare Orange County elevate this complex epic about betrayal and pride to uncanney levels of theatrical brilliance

The Three Musketeers Theatre Review - Topanga Canyon Adaptation of Historial Epic Tragically Misses Its Mark

The Three Musketeers Theatre Review - Topanga Canyon Adaptation of Historial Epic Tragically Misses Its Mark Sadly, Director Ellen Geer tries too hard to include every aspect of Dumas’s classic, resulting in a disastrous second act that brings down the entire play

Blank Theatre Review - Solo Artist Presents Profound Theatrical Mosaic About Identity

Blank Theatre Review - Solo Artist Presents Profound Theatrical Mosaic About Identity L.A. performer Brian Stanton demonstrates his multifaceted skills as an actor and playwright in his one-man show BLANK, which details his journey about how an adopted young man decides to meet his birth mother

A Midsummer Night's Dream Theatre Review - Magnificent Magic Comes Alive at The Botanicum Once Again

A Midsummer Night's Dream Theatre Review - Magnificent Magic Comes Alive at The Botanicum Once Again For the fifth year in a row, the Will Geer Theatre continues its annual tradition of producing this enjoyable Shakespearean production that appeals to all ages

Hamlet Theatre Review - Theatricum Botanicum's 2010 Season Opener "To Be" the Beginning of a Phenomenal Theatrical Summer

Hamlet Theatre Review - Theatricum Botanicum's 2010 Season Opener "To Be" the Beginning of a Phenomenal Theatrical Summer Theatricum Botanicum regulars Mike Peebler, Melora Marshal, Jeff Wiesen, and Susan Angelo alternate their performances as the Danish prince and his conflicted mother, resulting in what may be the best production of this Shakespearean play that has been conjured in Southern California to date

Behind the Gates Theatre Review - World Premiere of Wendy Graf's Latest Play Cannot Conceal Flaws

Behind the Gates Theatre Review - World Premiere of Wendy Graf's Latest Play Cannot Conceal Flaws Sadly, despite the riveting performances of Annika Marks and Keliher Walsh, Graf’s clichéd dialogue and one-note characterization fail to explore the multi-faceted world of an Orthodox Jewish culture

Awake and Sing! Theatre Review - Brilliant Acting Drives Odets Masterpiece

Awake and Sing! Theatre Review - Brilliant Acting Drives Odets Masterpiece With regard to A Noise Within’s production of this play, their talented cast illuminates these timeless themes of desperation, dreams, and the fragility of family

Playboy of the Western World Theatre Review - A Noise Within's Production of J.M.Synge's Classic Provides Poetic End to 2009-2010 Season

Playboy of the Western World Theatre Review - A Noise Within's Production of J.M.Synge's Classic Provides Poetic End to 2009-2010 Season Director Geoff Elliot and his talented cast bring humor, pathos, and the lyrical dialogue of Synge’s masterpiece to the Glendale stage

Much Ado About Nothing Theatre Review - A Noise Within Makes Something Out of "Nothing"

Much Ado About Nothing Theatre Review - A Noise Within Makes Something Out of "Nothing" With regard to MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, A Noise Within has wonderfully shown the proper balance of chemistry and character through fine direction and the exceptional performances of its stars, Torri Higginson and JD Cullum

The Unexpected Man Theatre Review - Bright Eyes Production of Yasmina Reza Play is an Expected Romantic Pleasure

The Unexpected Man Theatre Review - Bright Eyes Production of Yasmina Reza Play is an Expected Romantic Pleasure At The Lounge Theatre, Bright Eyes Productions successfully captures the eloquence of Yasmina Reza’s dialogue and the magical chemistry of her characters

The Top Ten Films of the Decade (2000-2009) - Come and See Which Films Stood Out as the Best These Past Ten Years

The Top Ten Films of the Decade (2000-2009) - Come and See Which Films Stood Out as the Best These Past Ten Years If you are interested in knowing what the Top Ten Films from 2000-2009 were, come and enjoy the cinematic ride

Waiting for Godot Theatre Review - A Noise Within's 2010 Opener of Beckett's Absurdist Classic is Worth the Wait

Waiting for Godot Theatre Review - A Noise Within's 2010 Opener of Beckett's Absurdist Classic is Worth the Wait For the third year in a row, A Noise Within’s WAITING FOR GODOT is a pleasurable, absurdist tradition of smooth direction and frenetic, nuanced acting

Noises Off Theatre Review - A Noise Within Ends Fall 2009 Season With the Sounds of Side-splitting Laughter

Noises Off Theatre Review - A Noise Within Ends Fall 2009 Season With the Sounds of Side-splitting Laughter The Glendale based theatre group’s production of NOISES OFF is a perfectly oiled farcical machine that combines the incredible talents of its direction, the acting, and especially the often underappreciated scenic crew

Tree Theatre Review - Ensemble Studio Theatre's World Premiere Delves Into Issues Regarding Family and Race

Tree Theatre Review - Ensemble Studio Theatre's World Premiere Delves Into Issues Regarding Family and Race Under the smooth direction of Jessica Kubzansky and a quartet of talented actors, TREE is a significant work that explores how a damaged, fragmented family seeks to heal itself by confronting painful secrets that are screaming to be revealed

Crime and Punishment Theatre Review - Dostoevsky's Epic Literary Masterpiece Translates Well at A Noise Within

Crime and Punishment Theatre Review - Dostoevsky's Epic Literary Masterpiece Translates Well at A Noise Within This streamlined CRIME AND PUNISHMENT carefully examines the concepts of good and evil, actions and reactions, and especially choices and consequences, thanks to the talented actors and the tight, crisp direction of Craig Belknap

Shining City Theatre Review - Superior Acting and Conor McPherson's Riviting Dialogue Enhance Shining City

Shining City Theatre Review - Superior Acting and Conor McPherson's Riviting Dialogue Enhance Shining City The Los Angeles Premiere of Conor McPherson's SHINING CITY carefully examines natural and supernatural ghosts and their relation to the human connection

August:Osage County Theatre Review - Ahmanson Theatre + 2008 Pulitzer and Tony Award Winning Play = Excellence in American Drama

August:Osage County Theatre Review - Ahmanson Theatre + 2008 Pulitzer and Tony Award Winning Play = Excellence in American Drama The West Coast transition of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer and Tony award winning play AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY proves to be a spectacular accomplishment, courtesy of Letts' eloquence, flawless direction, and a dynamic cast

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