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Travel Costa Mesa Blog

Archive for April, 2009

An Authorized Production

Posted on April 27, 2009 | 9:00am

Despite being a work-in-progress, as the director readily reminds us at the beginning of the show, “The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown” could easily become a smash hit as it currently is.  The director noted how much the show is still changing, how songs are being added and deleted on a regular basis and that the show viewers see next week could be different from the one my peers and I were there to watch that evening.  He also noted that because of these constant changes, cast members may stumble over lines to request lines that may have altered drastically in rehearsal that very morning. 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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Fine Indian Cuisine, Indeed

Posted on April 3, 2009 | 9:00am

I recently tried Indian food for the first time at Royal Khyber Fine Indian Cuisine.  The service was commendable and the staff was helpful; when I had questions about dishes, the servers took the time to explain their detail. I can understand why the restaurant has been here in South Coast Village for many years.

Chicken Samosa and spicy Tandoori Kebabs were the starter dishes. The Samosa was palatable and accompanied with jam/salsa sauce that was sweet, yet included enough spice to complement the pungent sweetness. My companions’ kebabs were absolutely wonderful. The lamb meatballs were divine, almost bite sized yet filled with flavor. Mind you, there’s a little kick in this course. I would be weary of this- otherwise, dig in! The chicken kebabs were another surprise. Tender, smooth chicken that almost tasted as if they were stuffed with ricotta cheese. Very delicious! Read More

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