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Thursday, June 20, 2024

High Flying, Adored: One More Productions’ “Evita” Offers More Than Just A Little Touch Of Star Quality by Leo Buck

The show benefits from the first-class achievements of four clever and capable Choreographers—each with their own style and area of terpsichorean expertise, so you can bet audiences will b…

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Friday, March 8, 2024

The Charlemagne Event: One More Productions Finds Their Corner Of The Sky With A ‘Princely’ Presentation Of “Pippin” by Leo Buck

Director Lorton’s ‘take’ is a decidedly starker, ‘anything can happen at any time’ atmosphere best described as part musical/part burlesque; for those of you already familiar with …

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Monday, February 12, 2024

A Cut Above The Rest…: Chance Theater’s “Hedwig And The Angry Inch” Measures Up To One Wonderfully Outrageous ‘Wicked Little’ Production by Leo Buck

“The Chance Theater’s” staging is probably the most polished and professional production you’re likely to see of this material. So forget about ‘giving them an inch”—for this …

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Sunday, December 10, 2023

Festive Cheer In Full Bloom: Anaheim’s “Chance Theater’s” “The Secret Garden” Is One ‘Secret’ Worth Sharing! by Leo Buck

Part Gothic Mystery/Part Bittersweet Romance/Part Fairy Tale and ALL delightful, this latest staging at “The Chance” is guaranteed to warm the hearts of audiences of all ages. Shows as d…

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Saturday, October 7, 2023

Oh, What A Night!  Anaheim’s “Chance Theater” Is Definitely Barking up The RIGHT Tree With Their Life-Affirming “Curious Incident of The Dog by Leo Buck

It’s not one iota an exaggeration to assert that this may be the most impressive—and memorable--theatrical experience you will get to savor this season—or any! Isn’t it time you gave…

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Friday, August 18, 2023

The Best Of Times Is WOW: One More Productions Goes For “The Mystery, The Magic & The Mood” That Is “La Cage Aux Folles”! by Leo Buck

The title literally translates to “The Cage Of Crazies” but despite any misguided perceptions or controversy the show may have been tagged with over the years fundamentally, “La Cage�…

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Friday, June 9, 2023

Way To Go, Daddio: One More Productions’ “All Shook Up” Is A Hot-Diggity Good Ol’ Time At The Theater! by Leo Buck

REVIEW OF "ALL SHOOK UP" IN GARDEN GROVE CA: This is a different kind of musical that presents one iconic hit after another. DiPietro’s sharp-witted libretto is sprinkled with a treasure-t…

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Saturday, May 20, 2023
Friday, February 24, 2023

OMP=Okay! “Oh, What A Beautiful Production” Is One More Productions’ Bright, Golden & Melodious “Oklahoma”! by Leo Buck

Director Lorton has stayed true to the tone and the times the show is set in, while still shaking things up with just the right touch—he and his cast aren’t just ‘performing’ “Okla…

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

America The ‘Mutable’:  The Kentwood Players’ “All My Sons” Examines Paternity, Patriotism, Perfidy and Profiteering In Post WW II Suburbia by Leo Buck

Exploring the age-old capitalistic conundrum of placing “profit over people”, plays and performances like these don’t come any more captivating than those now offered at “The Westche…

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Friday, December 2, 2022

Extra! Extra! Hey, Look At The Headlines: Sure As A Star, One More Productions’ “Gypsy” Let’s ‘Em Entertain You With Some Vintage Vaudevilli by Leo Buck

To see this particular show at this landmark theater, (which itself is said to have been a real burlesque theater 'back in the day') gives the production an added resonance and vivacity. To …

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Thursday, October 20, 2022

Number One In Laughs: Yer In For A Whiz Of A Show With “The Long Beach Playhouse’s” Gleefully ‘Piss-chievous’ & Always ‘A-Pee-Ling’ by Leo Buck

A musical farce that practically redefines the terms ‘Hilarious’ and ‘Outrageous’, with this, their latest, the bunch over at “The Long Beach Playhouse” have seen to it that thei…

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Thursday, October 6, 2022

A Heart ‘Felt’ Musical: One More Productions Fabricates An Uproarious Stroll Down Life’s Boulevard Of Broken Dreams With “Avenue Q” by Leo Buck

Although emphatically for more ‘sophisticated’ theater-lovers who can appreciate outlandish no-holds-barred comedy, “OMP’s” “Avenue Q” will restore your faith in real Honest-To…

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Experience Some ‘Transylvania Mania’: “The La Mirada Theatre” Scares Up A Monstrously Entertaining Regional Premiere Of London’s Revised “ by Leo Buck

A bona-fide laugh-fest, this new rendering puts the comedy and absurdity first and foremost, so anyone who thinks they know what’s in store should take heed: Prepare for an utterly new the…

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Thursday, August 11, 2022

‘Disco’-ver Their ‘Strange Magic’: The Laguna Playhouse’s Latest Is A Mix of Music, Mythology, A-Muse-Ment (& Roller-Skates)--They Call It � by Leo Buck

With so much charm and humor what more could you ask for? Beane’s script is overflowing with shrewd little ‘inside’ jokes and asides, so if you have seen the original celluloid renderi…

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Have The Time Of Your Strife: The Chance Theater’s“Green Day’s American Idiot” Is An A-Plus Odyssey Of Adolescent Angst Across The U.S. of A-l by Leo Buck

Inasmuch as this winner of two “Tony Awards” isn’t exactly what you’d call your typical “Feel Good” musical, (many of its elements and the veracities they express can, at times, …

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Thursday, July 14, 2022

‘A Lovely Night’ At The Theater: The Morgan-Wixson Theatre’s New Production Of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella Is ‘Impossible’ Not To L by Leo Buck

(We seem to have disconnected) Here is my latest review of "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella" at "The Morgan Wixson Theatre" in Santa Monica CA.) (It hasn't appeared in my feed yet._

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

A Show Worth ‘Toon-ing’ Into: One More Productions’ “The Sponge Bob Musical” Is An Over-The-Top/Under-The-Sea Fountain Of Fun For Everyone! by Leo Buck

"One More Productions" has taken on their boldest (—and certainly among their most vibrant and imaginative--) project in their esteemed 18-year history. Indeed, talk about a fun show for a…

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Oh, What Heights They Hit: Relationships, Resiliency And Rap Music Are Spot-Lighted In “The La Mirada Theatre’s” Muy Magnificente “In The Heig by Leo Buck

Overflowing with contemporary music and contemporary dance-club cavorting, all performed by an enthusiastic company of triple-threat performing artists, “La Mirada’s” “In The Heights…

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Sing Out The News! 3-D Theatricals “Newsies” Is A Banner-Headline Worthy Return In Cerritos, California! by Leo Buck

Theater is at its finest when it’s also a celebration of some kind—whether it be life, romance, joy--or even of just theater itself; such is the case with all of them to be abundantly fo…

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

They KNOW The Notes To Sing: The ‘Thrills’ Are Alive At “The La Mirada Theatre” With Their ‘Do-Re-Me-lodious’ New Staging Of “The Sound by Leo Buck

Rodgers and Hammerstein have assembled one of their most celebrated scores, deftly causing this, their final collaboration, to be one of those rare shows where its one recognizable--even tim…

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Thursday, March 31, 2022

Worth Beating A ‘Path’ To The Theater Door: The Brickhouse Theater’s “The Path To Catherine” Is A “Great” World Premiere Of A Hip, ‘He by Leo Buck

Like a big, buoyant ‘World History’ lesson set to music, this ranks as “Must See” viewing for students and History enthusiasts of all ages!! (Think of it as one of those rare theatri…

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Thursday, March 10, 2022

Happy Now And Happy Hence & Happy Ever After? Rights And Wrongs And In Betweens Are Explored In One More Productions’ Hauntingly Magical Musical by Leo Buck

Director Lorton’s version of this newest season opener breathes new life and vibrancy into the fairy tales (and a musical) you thought you knew. It’s more than just ‘wishful thinking�…

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Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Isn’t It Rich? Isn’t It Queer? Fidelity Can Be A Real ‘Drag’ As Hollywood’s “Greenway Court Theatre” Explores The Levity Of Love, Lust & by Leo Buck

Ideal for those theatergoers who prefer more non-traditional retellings of classic musicals and the final analysis (and despite any passing distractions or quirks in casting,) thi…

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

A Real Jewel Of A Way To Ring In The Holiday Season: One More Productions Keeps The Merry Bells Ringing With Their Happiest Edition Of “The Holiday by Leo Buck

“One More Production’s” goal was to create, on the live, in-person stage, the kind of big, buoyant Christmas special, which back in the 1960’s and 70’s, peppered the network airwav…

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Thursday, November 4, 2021

Here They Go Again: “La Mirada Theatre’s” ‘Dancin’ Queen’ Of All Musicals, “Mamma Mia” Reminds So Cal Audiences “Just How Much We’ by Leo Buck

Dawson and Solimando have seen to it that the harmonic happenings are given a brighter, fresher, and newer “look” with even higher spirits and a multitude of feel-good sensations that ar…

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

Color Of Impressed: Matters Of The Heart Are Never Just Skin Deep In “The Chance Theater’s” Heart-Wrenching Orange County Premiere Of “Yellowm by Leo Buck

Questions that linger long beyond the house lights coming up prove the power the story and characters have had on us...such is the strength of Ms. Orlandersmith’s storytelling, and Ms. Hil…

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Let The Games Begin—Again: Mc Coy-Rigby Entertainment Proves Re-Opening Can Be ‘Murder’ With Their Hilariously Hair-Raising West Coast Premiere by Leo Buck

Rightly hailed as the “ultimate whodunit that will leave you ‘dying’ of laughter”, the story is at its most humorous when it references—or even mocks--its source material; Infused …

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

OOOH! SIGH! Give ’Em Your Attention: “One More Productions” ‘Singularly Sensational’ “A Chorus Line” Is Uncommonly Rare, Very Unique–A by Leo Buck

Both the direction and choreography combine to furnish this production with plenty of pleasant surprises where you least expect them. In fact, Director Lorton has accomplished the enviable f…

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Back–And On The Cutting ‘Edge’: Anaheim California’s “Chance Theater” Holds On Fast, Holds On Tight–And Prevails With The O.C. Premiere by Leo Buck

Pasek and Paul’s lyrics exude pithy sentiments and fathom-deep emotional truths, and through them many basic (and often hard) realities are outlined and articulated. These are songs that a…

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The Show DOES Go On: Boy Howdy! LIVE Theater Stages A Rollicking Comeback In So Cal As “One More Productions” Returns With “Always…Patsy Cline by Leo Buck

The poster looming outside the box-office reads: “The Legend Returns”, and there couldn’t be a better way to describe the feat that "One More Productions" has accomplished with the ope…

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