Treasure Island

Someone is singing a sea chantey as the deck slowly rocks beneath the sailors’ feet. A properly-brought-up young English lad lad gazes in wonderment at the strange sights — a parrot perched on a pirate’s shoulder, palm trees swaying  ...

Mary Page Marlowe

Mary Page Marlowe is an ordinary woman, living in US flyover country. (How I hate that term.) She has a couple of failed marriages, loses her job as a CPA, drinks too much, moves from Dayton to Lexington (to the  ...

Constellations

From Star Trek to Sliders, parallel universes have been a science fiction go-to for years and have the advantage of being based on actual science. When physicists study the quantum realm – think atoms and smaller – they sometimes  ...

Kinky Boots

These boots were definitely not made for walkin’. No siree. If you have been under a rock or otherwise missed the hoopla around the 2013, 6-Tony-Awards-winner “Kinky Boots,” the musical – not to be confused with “Kinky Boots,” the movie  ...

Cyrano, Silicon Valley

When I was a young college student I dated a lot of guys. But only one had my heart of hearts. His name was Cyrano de Bergerac. Between reading Edmond Rostand’s beautiful play and the seeing the 1950 Jose Ferrer  ...

The Revisionist

Oh Jesse, you should have known better. You are at the top of my list of millennial actors but you stumbled with this one. First of all, when you write something, do not title it such that it is an  ...

Rain

One thing the Old Globe does exceptionally well is make Shakespeare relevant. Through sets, costumes and playfully exploiting the Bard’s lack of stage directions, the theater brings these plays alive for 21st Century audiences. They feel significant. Unfortunately, “Rain”  ...

Act of God

God descends from the heavens to San Francisco’s Tenderloin Golden Gate Theater to announce the Good News: a post-modern, pre-apocalyptic update of the Ten Commandments. And who better to play God tossing out rewrites than Sean Hayes? Hayes was the  ...

Two Trains Running

August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running” is the 60's installment of his Century Cycle plays that track African American life from each decade of the 20th century. "Train" is set in the Hill District of Pittsburgh in 1969 and concerns  ...