Theater Reviews

Into the Beautiful North has a little Oz

Stop the bandits

If Tres Camarones (“three shrimp”) actually existed, the small fishing village would be about 35 miles south of Mazatlan on the Gulf of California. According to Into the Beautiful North — Karen Zacharias’s new play ...

Hounded by thugs

Old Globe’s Red Velvet has one strong scene

Lolita Chakrabarti wrote a mediocre play about an important subject. The Old Globe Theatre’s puzzling, under-rehearsed opening night was no help. There are great reasons why our Calvin Manson named his company the Ira Aldridge ...

See the elephant and all its meanings before Abundance closes

From wide-eyed dreams to unthinkable terrors

Last call Backyard Renaissance’s fine production of Beth Henley’s Abundance must close this Sunday. The play begins in the late 1860s. Bess and Macon, mail order brides, come to the wild Wyoming Territory to wed ...

Farce reigns On the 20th Century train

Cygnet puts the loco in locomotive

Theatrical wizard David Belasco (1853–1931) was a major link between 19th- and 20th-century theater. Instead of deep-fried, scenery-chomping acting, he demanded a more naturalistic style and detailed sets famous for their “tidiness.” He banished footlights ...

Write Out Loud presents Read-Imagine-Create finalists

Wide-open choices free students from narrow responses.

I want to plug a project that’s dear to my heart. Founded in 2007, Write Out Loud has a commitment “to inspire, challenge, and entertain by reading short stories aloud for a live audience.” Their ...

Frontier life shreds

Moxie Theatre's Abundance is a dime novel in reverse

In the latter half of the 19th Century, larger-than-life characters such as Paul Bunyan and Pecos Bill (for whom Slue-Foot Sue just wasn’t good enough) filled the pages of dime novels and pulp-fiction magazines. They ...

Come From Away hits Broadway

The reviews are in: from favorable to mixed to negative

The La Jolla Playhouse’s Come From Away opened last Sunday at Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th Street. The Irene Sankoff/David Hein musical tells the upbeat story of over 6700 airline passengers stranded in ...

Magic lights of Shadowlands

The story of C.S. Lewis's late-in-life romance

“For believe me, this world that seems to us so substantial is no more than the shadowlands. Real life has not begun yet.” The final line of Shadowlands’ opening monologue sets the theme for William ...

Diversionary double feature must close

Last call for Lisa Kron's Well and 2.5 Minute Ride

Diversionary Theatre’s Lisa Kron double feature must close this Sunday (March 19). Though written eight years apart (2.5 Minute Ride premiered in 1996, Well in 2004), the pieces have a common theme: how to portray ...

Implications of The Blameless

World premiere of comedy about gun violence avoids the pain

Youth and gun violence: the topic’s so unthinkable, a saint’s empathy couldn’t reach its bottomless agony. Nick Gandiello’s world premiere of The Blameless uses a multi-genre approach to the subject. But it’s several drafts and ...

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