Switchfoot, La Jolla murals, Island fest, Summer film fest, chili cook-off, and summer solstice celebration
Scott Ellis 12:30 p.m., June 21
It's hard to believe that director Andrew Paul made his local debut at the North Coast Rep. He has cast David Ives' literate crowd-pleaser to perfection. The author of Venus in Fur felt that Moliere's comic masterpiece, The Misanthrope wasn't funny enough. So he overhauled it, combining rhymed couplets with contemporary slang and basement-level vulgarity. As foppish suitors snip at her heels, Celimene mourns her husband lost at sea. Enter a man in black. He's Frank, literally, with a species of Tourette syndrome ("I have this kink," he confesses, "I'll tell you what I really think"). What follows is a comic feast for eyes and ears, thanks to Paul's direction, an all-star cast, and top flight design work to match. The North Coast Rep should extend this show long after the cows come home! Superb performances by Richard Baird (Frank) and Jessica John (Celimene) alone demand a longer run.