The Canyoneers 2 p.m., April 18
It's senior year of high school. And while other girls at the Del Mar-like seaside school settle for being just "perky pep girls," Laura and Leslie go at cheerleading with a religious fervor. Annie Weisman's second act doesn't pay the bills of the first (the many troubles just go away). But it paints a picture of beach-town San Diego, and quests for unconditional experience, that's sharp and funny. In New Village Arts's opening-night felt like a two-act pep rally. Amid the loud, staccato attack, jokes and nuances of character got lost - especially their human qualities. Rachael VanWormer, Amanda Sitton (both winners of Craig Noel Awards for 2008), and Daren Scott do noteworthy efforts, but would improve instantly if allowed to develop, rather than blitz through, the characters. Tim Wallace's set has a Mondrian-like look, and Amanda Sitton's costumes hearken back to one's teenage years when every victory was Homeric, every defeat, Sophoclean.
Worth a try.
When: Ongoing until Sunday, April 26, 2009
- Sundays, 2pm
- Thursdays, 8pm
- Fridays, 8pm
- Saturdays, 3pm & 8pm