Chapter Two, San Diego

Two wounded people give love another try in a revival production of Neil Simon’s “Chapter Two” at the North Coast Rep. While the setting and dialog are straight out of the 1970s, surprisingly little feels dated about this touching tale  ...

The Originalist

American playwrights have written about the United States Supreme Court for nearly 70 years, at least since the 1946 Broadway premiere of "The Magnificent Yankee," about Oliver Wendell Holmes. "First Monday in October" (1978) imagined the first female justice. "Father  ...

Moliere’s Tartuffe

  Even when I was a freshman French Major in college, they taught Moliere’s “Tartuffe” as a farce about religious hypocrisy—and indeed, that is how Berkeley Rep bills it today in its modern adaptation by David Ball. Yet, “hypocrisy”  ...

The Twenty-Seventh Man, San Diego

In an era when every email, tweet, blog and cat video resides for eternity on the Internet, it is hard to fathom any power that could erase every trace of a person’s body of work along with their very existence.  ...

Endgame

        The term “black humor” could have been invented to describe Samuel Beckett’s mid-century play, “Endgame”. Its humor is grotesque, absurd, sometimes cruel. But humor nevertheless. And the new Hypocrites production takes full  ...

This Is Modern Art

“This Is Modern Art (based on true events)” is a provocative play intended for a “young adult” audience that raises philosophical and political questions that are generating heated discussions among critics and theatergoers of all ages. Steppenwolf Theatre’s new production,  ...

The Price, LA

How often have you thought a second act was the meat of a play? Not very, I would guess. Arthur Miller's 1968 family saga, "The Price," is one of those rare instances where this is the case. The wealthy  ...

Airline Highway

“Tourists don’t want a coyote ugly … strip joint, they don’t want a parade INSIDE the Convention Center sponsored by Coke. They want some dirty shit to happen, authentic top shelf shit. Tucked away under the counter, ya gotta ask  ...

The Night Alive, LA

Alas, dear reader, once again I am stuck in a tale of good-news/bad-news. Being a glass-half-full kind of a gal, I figure why not try to start with the good? "The Night Alive" is the much-awaited winner of the New  ...

Music Hall

A bare stage. There’s only a curtain, a stool, a pair of high-heeled shoes, and a trunk. But here three actors create a magical environment, an environment of beauty and bleakness about their fading careers as cabaret performers: The Artiste  ...