Larry Steckling 10 a.m., Aug. 27
Water by the Spoonful
Quiara Alegria Hudes' comedy-drama won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2012. And deserved it. Judging by the Old Globe's safe, by-the-numbers opening night, you'd wonder why. As in Lisa D'Amour's Detroit, the healer in the play's a recovering crack-addict, half out of hell and urging her addicted followers "don't look back." Water's an amazing play. Funny, hardcore, it's about the need for radical recovery — not just from drugs — in these economically-depressed times. The play should tighten like a tourniquet. On opening night, only Marilyn Torres, as Haikumom (the saint who sinned), came closest to the tangled immensity of "Jonesing." The others, and director Edward Torres, showed some discomfort with in-the-round theater. The story, however, packs a wallop, and could even more if the cast kicks it up.
Worth a try.
- Cost: $29 - $74 | Buy tickets
When: Ongoing until Sunday, May 11, 2014
- Sundays, 2pm & 7pm
- Tuesdays, 7pm
- Wednesdays, 7pm
- Thursdays, 8pm
- Fridays, 8pm
- Saturdays, 2pm & 8pm
- Review: "Dance on a minefield" (April 23, 2014)