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Brewcades and Cruisers Pizza in Balboa Fun Zone Host Thursday Eve Pinball Tournaments

“He’s a pinball wizard, there has to be a twist. A pinball wizard's got such a supple wrist.” Those familiar lyrics to “Pinball Wizard” by The Who are on full display at Cruisers Pizza Bar & Grill in the Balboa Fun Zone. Every Thursday, Brewcades – a company started by Laguna...

Laguna Playhouse’s Moving Romantic Musical ‘Once’ Avoids the Obvious

By Eric Marchese | Special to the NB Indy Some tales like the basic boy-meets-girl romance have been told so often they’re frequently riddled with clichés born of audience overfamiliarity. “Once” offers a textbook example of how to tell such a story, hold audience interest throughout and yet keep everyone guessing...

Segerstrom Center Presents the North American Premiere of American Ballet Theatre’s ‘Like Water for Chocolate’ March 29-April 2

Like water for chocolate. It’s a Spanish expression that means one's emotions are on the verge of boiling over (in Mexico hot chocolate is often made with near-boiling water). “Like Water for Chocolate” is also the name of a 1989 novel by Mexican writer Laura Esquivel, who later turned her popular...

‘Mean Girls’ Musical Comes to Segerstrom Center March 7-19

Actress-comedian-writer Tina Fey has a magic touch that turns her creative endeavors into artistic gold. The nine-time Emmy Award winner came to prominence as a writer and cast member of Saturday Night Live frm 1997 to 2006. Among her many characters was an uncanny portrayal of vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. After...

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Announces 2023-2024 Cabaret Series

Segerstrom Center for the Arts began hosting intimate cabaret-style shows more than 20 years ago in the black box venue now known as the Judy Morr Theater. Among the many performers to play in that venue was jazz legend Dave Brubeck, who delighted fans with a handful of sold-out shows...

Orange County Museum of Art Announces Upcoming Exhibitions

The Orange County Museum of Art had a long history in Newport Beach as the preeminent showcase venue for an eclectic, distinct and noteworthy variety of art exhibitions and installations. Its longtime home in Fashion Island served the museum well, but the need to expand and accommodate an even broader...

Stellar Double Bill of ‘The Little Foxes’ and ‘Appropriate’ at South Coast Repertory

By Eric Marchese | Special to the NB Indy In its opening slot for 2023, South Coast Repertory chose to do something audaciously ambitious: Running two shows simultaneously on the main stage. The shows – Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes” and Branden Jenkins-Jacobs’ “Appropriate” – were paired because they explore similar...

Disney’s ‘Frozen,’ the Hit Broadway Musical, Plays at Segerstrom Center Through Feb. 19—See It Before They ‘Let It Go’

“Frozen” is a phenomenon. The 2013 computer-animated musical fantasy film from Walt Disney Animation Studios – inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's 1844 fairy tale “The Snow Queen” – was awarded Best Animated Feature at the 86th Academy Awards, and earned more than $1 billion in worldwide box office revenue, making...

Newport Theatre Arts Center’s ‘Murder Among Friends’ Weaves a Comedic Web of Deceit

By Eric Marchese | Special to the NB Indy When Newport Theatre Arts Center staged “Murder Among Friends” in the 1980s, F-bombs and other profanities had to be sanitized and a guy-on-guy kiss was sufficiently shocking so as to prompt some patrons to walk out. Today’s theater audiences have seen and...

Laguna Playhouse’s ‘Staged’ Deftly Showcases the Talents of Comedian Rita Rudner

By Eric Marchese | Special to the NB Indy If Laguna Playhouse were said to have a power couple, it would be Rita Rudner and Martin Bergman. Since their marriage in 1988, they’ve collaborated on countless projects, including the plays “Tickled Pink” and “Act 3” that were produced at the Laguna...