The new Executive Director of San Diego Musical Theatre directs, choreographs, acts, sings, and creates
Jeff Smith 6 p.m., Oct. 8
John Donne said "no man is an island." Samuel D. Hunter's world premiere disagrees. Matthew, QZ, and Bryan live sealed-off lives, even from themselves. And remain mysteries even after the curtain falls. The play's title comes from a struggling newspaper in Northern Idaho. Once a voice for truckers, it now prints personals exclusively. The trio of characters could put in one for themselves. Though not necessarily original, the writing is daring for these times of alleged emotional openness. But somewhere between the script and the staging, it falls flat. The characters are icebergs, and icy to boot. Though there are moments of humor, director Davis McCallum stresses a slow pace and a tone so stone cold sober it's as if Mr. Godot entered the room and sucked out all the air.