Jeff Smith 4 p.m., Dec. 20
Ronald Harwood's four-hander has journey/destination issues. As a play, the story of former classical singers in a retirement home ultimately disappoints. The destination -- tabloid revelations and a Karaoke comeback -- reduces the story to silliness. And the journey? The cast, senior citizens all, performs as if at their high-water mark. Robert Foxworth, Elizabeth Franz, Jill Tanner, and Roger Forbes give a master class in ensemble acting, thanks to Richard Seer's nuanced direction. The design work, from Ralph Funicello's set to Charlotte Devaux's costumes, both fading, has an "over-the-hill" quality enhanced by York Kennedy's lighting. Harwood wrote The Dresser, that wonderful tribute to the theater. Quartet's as far a cry from Dresser as the singers' past is from their current abilities. But if you're a "journey" theatergoer, and relish fine acting, then the Old Globe's show is...
Worth a try.
- Cost: $29 - $78 | Buy tickets
When: Ongoing until Sunday, August 31, 2014
- Sundays, 2pm & 7pm
- Tuesdays, 7pm
- Wednesdays, 7pm
- Thursdays, 8pm
- Fridays, 8pm
- Saturdays, 2pm & 8pm
- "Relative harmony" (Aug. 13, 2014)