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‘Holmes and Watson’ at Laguna Playhouse is Awash in Enjoyable Red Herrings

By Eric Marchese | Special to the NB Indy Were the peerless detective Sherlock Holmes to meet his demise, who would plumb the mystery and catch the killer? That’s the tantalizing premise posited by Jeffrey Hatcher in his 2018 play “Holmes and Watson.” In Laguna Playhouse’s production, director David Ellenstein and...

Newport Beach Hero Supports Beach City Artists

Laguna Beach fine artist Jorg Dubin wrote a letter to the Laguna Beach Independent titled "Save Our Laguna Beach Artists." Jorg defined the Laguna creative community as artists, craftspeople, musicians, writers and performers. Jorg said creativity is “A natural resource that has been woven into the fabric of Laguna....

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Unveils 2024-2025 Broadway Season

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has unveiled its 2024-2025 Broadway seasons featuring an impressive lineup of 10 hits from the Great White Way, including the return of the mega hit, “Hamilton,” plus six Orange County premieres. Segerstrom Center President Casey Reitz calls the Broadway season exciting and incredible. “Get ready to...

OC Music & Dance Celebrates Groundbreaking of New Performing Arts Complex

Newport Beach resident Doug Freeman is in perpetual motion. He’s been involved with so many artistic projects in Orange County as both a donor and as an arts leader that it’s hard to keep up with him. In 1986, Freeman persuaded then President Ronald Reagan to create National Philanthropy Day,...

Newport Theatre Arts Center Stages Witty Noel Coward Comedy ‘Blithe Spirit’

By Eric Marchese | Special to the NB Indy Noël Coward’s comedy “Blithe Spirit” is typically played as a frivolous romp and at a generally superficial level. Not at Newport Theatre Arts Center, where director Matt Koutroulis strikes gold by digging beneath the surface of the famed 1941 play. Yes, laughs still...

Baroque Music Festival Returns to Corona del Mar with ‘All the Pleasures’ Theme June 16 – 23

Get ready to have a pleasurable experience when The Baroque Music Festival, Newport Beach’s only professional classical music performing organization, returns to Corona del Mar with a theme of “All the Pleasures: The Italian Influence in London and Beyond.” According to information from the Baroque Music Festival, this year’s Festival...

Newport Theatre Arts Center Reveals New Season

By Eric Marchese | Special to the NB Indy If you’re a fan of local live theater in general or Newport Theatre Arts Center in particular, you’ll want to mark your calendars for the 2024-2025 season, which was just announced at a live event at the Newport Beach venue. The theater...

Laguna Playhouse Production of ‘Tartuffe’ Keeps Comedy Rolling

By Eric Marchese | Special to the NB Indy Great comedy is immortal, like “Tartuffe,” Molière’s masterpiece. Even more than 350 years since it was first staged, it still tickles the funny bone. It makes us laugh, but also provokes thought about issues like religious faith, materialism, and the many...

World Premiere of the Musical Version of ‘Prelude to a Kiss’ at South Coast Rep

By Eric Marchese | Special to the NB Indy In “Prelude to a Kiss, The Musical,” a random meeting that leads to romance is just the beginning of what evolves into a storyline right out of “The Twilight Zone.” The all-new play is based squarely in the same romance-with-fantasy genre as...

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Presents North American Premiere of American Ballet Theatre ‘Woolf Works’ Through April 14

It’s always a privilege and a delight when American Ballet Theatre comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The longtime partnership between ABT and Segerstrom Center was fostered by Henry Segerstrom many years ago, enabling ABT to bring its acclaimed productions to Orange County while also partnering with Segerstrom...