Arms and the Man
When Arms opened in 1894, the audience laughed all night long. Which made George Bernard Shaw furious. They missed his message: he advocated practical realism over the fluff of idealism on stage and in life. At the Old Globe, director Jessica Stone betrays an antsy itch to entertain. Some performances are overly broad (and Enver Gjokaj's Sergius is miles over the top); Ernest Sauceda's "village musician" plays a wonderful violin but threatens to turn Shaw's early comedy into Fiddler on the Roof. Ralph Funicello's excellent sets, David Israel Reynoso's appropriate costumes, and much deliberate stagey-ness make for an entertaining show that would have made the Old Curmudgeon curmudge even more.Worth a try.
Ongoing until Sunday, June 14, 2015
|Sundays, 2pm & 7pm|
|Saturdays, 2pm & 8pm|