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19211 Dodge Ave Santa Ana, CA 92705
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3.9 / 5 Rated by 32 members
Review from pixide
Red Velvet 31 events 10 reviews

The setting is not initially impressive -- the playground of a pre-school, but these talented actors turned it into Padua with a lot of fun and high spirits. We enjoyed every minute while picnicking on the lawn in our comfortable low beach chairs.

reviewed Jun 23 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from vonirabit
Red Velvet 18 events 5 reviews

This was an informal, backyard style, theatre event. We brought along our own chairs and our picnic lunch. Although it was informal, the actors were professional and the play was well done. I enjoyed it very much and look forward to attending...continued

reviewed Jul 08 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Sylvia G.
90 events 30 reviews

A bit long after working all day but enjoyable. It was nice to have it set up picknic syle.

reviewed Jul 22 2012 report as inappropriate
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Taming of the Shrew 

June 9-24

Directed by Gary Krinke

What do you do when your youngest daughter wants to marry before the elder? And what do you do when the elder is a shrew ? Find out what Baptista does in this battle of the sexes commedia comedy,  presented in the commedia style on a playground. 

_The Merchant  of Venice _(Beach)

June 30-July 15

Directed by Jeff Lowe

Set in Venice Beach with all the humor, pathos justice and mercy you would expect in this Shakespearean classic with a contemporary edge.


July 19-Aug. 5

Director Marla Ladd

This production, directed by Marla Ladd, will be done with the Steampunk Influence. Steampunk is a genre which originated during the 1980s and early 1990s and incorporates elements of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, horror, and speculative fiction. It involves a setting where steam power is widely used-whether in an alternate history such as Victorian era Britain or “Wild West”-era United States, or in a post-apocalyptic time -that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology, or futuristic innovations as Victorians might have envisioned them, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. This technology includes such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne.

Much Ado About Nothing

Aug. 11-26

This production of _Much Ado About Nothing _takes a detour to Cuba, the Holiday Isle of the Tropics. Rather than Messina, we discover our story amidst the slums, sugarcane, and slot machines of 1950s Havana—or at least some Hollywood approximation of that time and place.

At the height of our spending during the decade, Americans dropped nearly $50 million a year in Cuba, and invested many more millions in rebuilding the land we previously occupied. Pleasure-seeking Americans traveled blithely to casinos, nightclubs, and hotels—most of which were intimately connected with the Havana Mob, and the mob was in bed with Batista’s dictatorship. Our beloved film, radio, and television stars performed side-by-side with Cuban entertainers, while crime syndicates from around the world swiftly swept into the Caribbean island. There, graft and politics went hand-in-hand. Havana became the “Latin Las Vegas,” an international drug port that made both gangsters and government officials rich, while regular citizens languished in poverty, rebels paid for their offences with their lives, and Americans partied hard.

Though often giddy, the world of the play is, like 1950s Havana, a place of contradictions: both beautiful and dangerous. Make no mistake; this is a love story (it’s even a double love story), but it is one fraught with danger and anxiety. The threat comes not only from the doubt bred by villains like Don John, but also from within. The fear of what others may do, or what we ourselves may do, despite all outward protests, is here prominently explored. Although the trappings of casino, mambo, and tobacco may be new additions to this traditional tale, the story remains the same.

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