At This Evening’s Performance

Ringing down the curtain could very well spell curtains for an unsuspecting character in “At This Evening’s Performance” at the North Coast Rep. A struggling company of classically trained actors is reduced to playing in  ...

At The Old Place

A forlorn woman and the pull of an equally forlorn house present more mysteries than are solved in the world premiere of “At The Old Place,” at the La Jolla Playhouse. We first meet middle-age, college  ...

Guys and Dolls

Psst! Looking for a sure bet? Put your money on the Old Globe’s rollicking, toe-tapping revival of “Guys and Dolls.” In this musical fable of depression-era Broadway, con man Nathan Detroit (J. Bernard Calloway) has two loves:  ...

The Glass Menagerie

Written in 1944, “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams (1911–1983), still wields the power to convey truth about the way in which love and need can help and hurt the American family. Standout performances by Karen Aldridge and Sean San  ...

How to Be a Rock Critic

Two writers for the website Third Coast Review—Nancy Bishop and Karin McKie—went to see Erik Jensen’s one-man performance of the life and times of rock critic Lester Bangs. Nancy wrote the review and Karin added {comments}. This is what  ...

An Octoroon

From the opening minutes of “An Octoroon” when BJJ, the stand-in for author, MacArthur Fellow Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, appears on a blank stage in his underwear and announces that he is a black playwright, you know that you  ...

Splendour

Four women wait in a luxurious yet austere room in an unnamed eastern European city waiting for an important man who may never arrive. This is the premise of “Splendour” by U.K.’s Abi Morgan (screenwriter of “Suffragette” and “The  ...

Ah, Wilderness!

"Ah, Wilderness!", Eugene O’Neill’s only comedy, is a charming, light-hearted play with an element foreign to most O’Neill scripts: a happy ending. The hero, teenaged Richard Miller (truthfully played by Niall Cunningham) is a young man who loves  ...

brownsville song (b-side for tray)

Kimber Lee’s powerful and profound one-act drama, “brownsville song (b-side for tray)” takes an all too familiar headline of a young black man gunned down in his Brownsville, Brooklyn neighborhood and develops it into a relatable personal tragedy that left  ...