Articles by Peter Balaskas

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

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

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