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Huntington Beach Central Library Theater
at the Central Library Theater 7111 Talbert Ave Huntington Beach, CA 92648
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39 reviews
10 stars
Lots of free parking that is near by. The theater is downstairs on the north end of the library.
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20 events
7 reviews
7 stars
The weather was Cold. I wore casual clothes.
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"The Miss Firecracker Contest"
21 ratings
4.1 average rating
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37 events
25 reviews
21 stars
attended Sep 17 2011

The play is probably cute but the acting is so bad, it is lost its punch. Although some scenes are supposed to be "over the top," the actors screamed so loudly, I wanted to scream back "take it down a notch!"

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130 reviews
69 stars
attended Sep 01 2011

The cast was incredible!! The venue was comfortable, but a little too warm. I would have rated it higher but I just didn't enjoy the play as much as others (through no fault of the cast or director whom all did an excellent job)

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139 reviews
4 stars
attended Aug 28 2011

It just didn't make it. I felt sorry for the actors who worked so hard. It's a silly story and I couldn't always understand the silly girls. I enjoy the HBPH but I have to say this is the least enjoyable of all the plays I've seen there.

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The place is the small Mississippi town of Brookhaven.  The time, a few days before Independence Day.  Carnelle Scott (known locally as “Miss Hot Tamale”) is rehearsing furiously for the Miss Firecracker Contest — hoping that a victory will salvage her tarnished reputation and allow her to leave town in a blaze of glory. 

The unexpected arrival of her cousin, Elain (a former Miss Firecracker winner – who has walked out on her rich, but boring husband and her two small children), complicates matters a bit, as does the repeated threat of elaine’s eccentric brother, Delmount (recently released from a mental institution), to sell the family homestead and decamp for New Orleans. 

Aided by a touchingly awkward seamstress named Popeye (who is hopelessly smitten by Delmount) and several other cheerfully nutty characters, Carnelle perseveres – leading to a denouement of unparalleled hilarity, compassion and moving lyricism as all concerned finally escape their unhappy pasts and turn hopefully toward what must surely be a better future.