Black Odyssey

It’s three-for-three — all Cal Shakes’ plays have been winners so far this summer under the new artistic direction of Eric Ting. And the brilliant “Black Odyssey” is the best of the season to date. An ingenious production in  ...

Hamlet

Hamlet is so iconic it’s easy to forget how iconic it is. You can barely get through a scene without hearing a well-worn line, and feeling that renewed sense of discovery, or hearing the title of a book you read  ...

Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!

After centuries of ballads, poems and other folklore culminating in dozens of movie treatments does the world need another recounting of the Robin Hood legend? The answer is a resounding “yes,” when it’s the imaginative and rollicking  ...

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  ...