Monday, December 7, 2009

I Won't Grow Up

All the skeptics in the world can't deny that Friday's opening of "Peter Pan" by OC's newest professional theater company, 3 D Theatricals, was an artistic success. So now they'll have to content themselves with wondering whether the moxie of the young people who founded this troupe extends to their ability to attract an audience in these challenging times. I certainly hope that it does and that they find a way to produce all 8 of their (mostly) announced 2010 season of (mostly) musical revivals. Their venue, the OC Pavilion, is certainly a class act--a lavishly renovated bank building in downtown Santa Ana spanning 8th Street between Broadway and Bush (across from the exquisite little all-redwood-interior Episcopal Church). The auditorium is intimate enough at 400+ seats, though the front row of banquettes suggests Vegas showroom more than regional theatre company. But the stage is filled with talent, Equity actors known to OC audiences, like Greg North and Tracy Lore, and tons of younger performers with bios already jam-packed with professional credits. The eye-popping dance numbers alone are worth the price of admission. So, a toast to 3 D and here's hoping for more to come!

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