Caught

Shotgun Player’s production of playwright Christopher Chen’s stimulating, creative and complex work, “Caught,” confounded and ultimately conquered the audience in its opening night performance in Berkeley, California. The mesmerizing “Caught” concerns truth and lies in their infinite varieties, and the  ...

Shakespeare’s Othello

What is it about the human psyche that makes us willing to believe the most insidious and hateful lies about someone else, even one closest to us? Is it because accepting the worst in another makes us feel better about  ...

A View from the Bridge

What a treat. The Young Vic production of Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge” is a powerful offering even in the cavernous space of the Ahmanson Theatre. Oh, there have mutterings through the years. ‘View is not Miller’s best  ...

Love’s Labor’s Lost

Here’s a suggestion: Take a three year break from sins of the flesh, as well as fine food and even sleep, to pursue academics. What, no takers? Welcome to “Love’s Labor’s Lost.” This ‘intellectual vacation’ is the brain  ...

You Never Can Tell

“You Never Can Tell” is an early work of Shaw’s, written in 1896, while he was still honing his craft. He wanted to both entertain and educate his audience, and mainly he accomplished this, for the play as written is  ...

Baby Doll

“Baby Doll?” Does the name sound familiar, but you cannot recall where you saw it? The answer is that “Baby Doll” was originally a screenplay written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Elia Kazan in 1956. It took the  ...

Meteor Shower

Astronomers are heralding this year’s Perseid meteor shower as a “once-in-a-decade outburst.” Outbursts of a different sort reign supreme in Steve Martin’s new play “Meteor Shower,” having its world premiere at The Old Globe. The year is  ...

Ruthless! The Musical

The Moxie Theatre caps off its current season with “Ruthless! The Musical,” a high-octane, campy cocktail that is equal parts “All About Eve,” “The Bad Seed,” “Gypsy” and “Mame,” with a dash of Hitchcock thrown in.  ...

War Paint

My ratings for "War Paint": -- Scene design and costumes? Four stars. -- Performances of its leading actors? Three stars plus. -- Sophistication and nuances of its story, smart dialogue, quality of music and lyrics? Two stars. "War  ...