4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Next Fall at Diversionary Theatre

Young Luke is Christian and gay. His partner, 40-year-old Adam, says that's a contradiction. As their relationship grows, it works on every level except core beliefs.

Their names reflect the split: Luke, from the New Testament; Adam, the Old. Luke fears Adam won't be saved come the Rapture. Adam, who doesn't believe in hell or heaven, wishes Luke would climb down from his apocalyptic hobbyhorse.

When a horrific accident puts Luke in a hospital with a coma, Adam, Luke's family, and others must reexamine themselves.

For a play with such a potentially volatile theme, Next Fall doesn't proselytize much beyond salvation vs. damnation. And the clashes between Luke and Adam rarely go beyond the simplistic and formulaic.

Next Fall is funny and moving, in the end, but takes its sweet time. The playwright, Geoffrey Nauffts, was an actor long before he wrote it. Rather than craft scenes for an audience to follow, he wrote lengthy ones for actors to perform.

The trees often upstage the forest. Each actor has developed set pieces - some even the equivalent of an 11th hour number - while the play's internal clock demands momentum for the big finish.

Diversionary Theatre made a smart decision: it chose James Vasquez to direct. He treats the script as if a more experienced playwright wrote it. The production sags here and there, but Vasquez and the design team (Matt Scott, set, Michelle Caron, lighting, Shirley Pierson, costumes) facilitate things whenever possible.

Vasquez also made smart casting choices: Jacque Wilke's sharp and funny as Holly, Adam's best friend; Tony Houck's a model of purse-lipped restraint as Brandon, a mystery man; and Shana Wride works comical wonders as Arlene, Adam's loose cannon of a mother. But John Whitley can't go far as Butch (another dead-giveaway name), the one-note homophobe.

Stewart Calhoun (a cherubic Luke) and Matt McGrath (Adam, a neurotic hypochondriac) make up in chemistry what the script lacks in depth.


Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Boulevard, University Heights. Playing through March 25.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

UCSD misses out on Covid and Fema gravy trains

Toni Atkins' love of horses
Next Article

San Diego aggressive rollerbladers return in strength

Big Wheels invade Balboa Park, Liberty Station

Young Luke is Christian and gay. His partner, 40-year-old Adam, says that's a contradiction. As their relationship grows, it works on every level except core beliefs.

Their names reflect the split: Luke, from the New Testament; Adam, the Old. Luke fears Adam won't be saved come the Rapture. Adam, who doesn't believe in hell or heaven, wishes Luke would climb down from his apocalyptic hobbyhorse.

When a horrific accident puts Luke in a hospital with a coma, Adam, Luke's family, and others must reexamine themselves.

For a play with such a potentially volatile theme, Next Fall doesn't proselytize much beyond salvation vs. damnation. And the clashes between Luke and Adam rarely go beyond the simplistic and formulaic.

Next Fall is funny and moving, in the end, but takes its sweet time. The playwright, Geoffrey Nauffts, was an actor long before he wrote it. Rather than craft scenes for an audience to follow, he wrote lengthy ones for actors to perform.

The trees often upstage the forest. Each actor has developed set pieces - some even the equivalent of an 11th hour number - while the play's internal clock demands momentum for the big finish.

Diversionary Theatre made a smart decision: it chose James Vasquez to direct. He treats the script as if a more experienced playwright wrote it. The production sags here and there, but Vasquez and the design team (Matt Scott, set, Michelle Caron, lighting, Shirley Pierson, costumes) facilitate things whenever possible.

Vasquez also made smart casting choices: Jacque Wilke's sharp and funny as Holly, Adam's best friend; Tony Houck's a model of purse-lipped restraint as Brandon, a mystery man; and Shana Wride works comical wonders as Arlene, Adam's loose cannon of a mother. But John Whitley can't go far as Butch (another dead-giveaway name), the one-note homophobe.

Stewart Calhoun (a cherubic Luke) and Matt McGrath (Adam, a neurotic hypochondriac) make up in chemistry what the script lacks in depth.


Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Boulevard, University Heights. Playing through March 25.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories Fishing Report — What’s getting hooked from ship and shore From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Outdoors — Weekly changes in flora and fauna Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Street Style — San Diego streets have style Surf Diego — Real stories from those braving the waves Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close