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Arts and Shopping in Costa Mesa

Posted on May 11, 2009 | 9:00am

Saturday, Joseph and I drove up to Orange County to stay with Allison, and help her with her fashion show on Sunday. On the way, we stopped at South Coast Plaza. It is the premiere shopping center in Southern California and Orange County.

Since it wasn’t open yet, we parked and decided to walk around a bit. Luckily, there was a walking bridge that extended from the shopping center into the city! Everything was so cool and artistic, but interestingly strange. As you can see, I got “lost” in all of these bush shrubs. Read More

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A Brief Affair with the South Coast Reperatory

Posted on April 23, 2009 | 9:00am

There’s a bizarre sense of innate realism that accompanies a work centered on the comfortably awkward relationship between a mom and her kids.  Richard Greenberg’s “Our Mother’s Brief Affair” acknowledges this, as the title alone suggests.

Trickled in this family drama about a dying mother presenting the story of an affair she had years ago to her two now-grown children is unique bouts of humor, both present in the content itself as well as in the manageable portrayal of the struggling, realistic characters.

The show is small, with only four actors present and a single, unchanging set.  Though each of the four actors hold their own and offer extremely convincing performances, Jenny O’Hara’s portrayal of Anna, the mother, arguably steals the spotlight.  The depiction of her character’s genuine naivety produces both sympathy and discontent (though that may be too harsh a term).

The narrative is conveyed straightforwadly at times, as well as in flashback-form.  Sometimes these two deliveries are independent of the other, while sometimes they’re intertwined.  The fact that this maneuver works well and doesn’t get confusing speaks volumes of the writing, set-direction and abilities of the actors.

Don’t miss Our Mother’s Brief Affair at South Coast Repertory through May 3.

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Noises Off at the South Coast Repertory

Posted on February 12, 2009 | 9:00am

Last night I saw Noises Off at South Coast Repertory.  SCR’s main stage is so small and intimate, so every seat is great.  I was just three rows from the back, yet I still felt so close to the stage and so much apart of the production.

I didn’t know much about the show going into it, aside from it being a comedy about a play within a play.  I was interested to see how this would be handled and executed, as the play-within-a-play notion seemed like it had the potential to be confusing. Read More

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