Chance Theater Garners Six Ovation Awards
|Photo courtesy of the Chance Theater|
|Hair: Give peace a Chance!|
But, fortunately for the Anaheim Hills theater, lots of other people saw it--and more than several really dug it, because it's garnered six 2009 Ovation Awards.
The Ovation Awards, which are chosen by theater professionals in the greater Los Angeles area, are a big deal in the relatively small world of Southern California theater. It's "LA's most coveted theater honor," according to something called the Los Angeles Times, and makes no distinctions between big, small, professional or storefront theaters.
Along with the six Hair nominations, the Chance is also up for a new category in the Ovations this year: Best Season, right up there with Los Angeles heavyweights the Geffen Playhouse, Rubicon Theatre Company, the Fountain Theater and Troubadour Theater Company, which has graced Orange County with its presence often the past decade years with its helter-skelter blend of Shakespeare and pop tunes (Fleetwood Macbeth, Romeo Hall and Juliet Oates; Hamlet, the Artist Formerly Known as the Prince of Denmark).
We've been saying for several years that the Chance has surpassed every other OC storefront theater in terms of work and execution. It retains the best acting pool, the highest production values and has demonstrated an ability to nail everything from complicated Stephen Sondheim musicals and complex Anton Chekov plays to more contemporary fare, such as its gripping production of David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer Prize-winning Rabbit Hole, in 2008.
It's received a slew of OC Weekly Theater Award nominations (along with other, far less prestigious ones) over its 10-year history, and it can easily make the case that it's the most successful OC theater since one that launched in 1964 in Costa Mesa: SCR, which today is a major factory of new play development in American theater and one of the country's most well-respected theaters.
If the Chance continues to kick ass over the next 10 years, it seems unavoidable that it will eventually be hanging with the biggest kids on the theatrical block.