Between You, Me and the Lampshade

Family secrets and dreams are explored in Raul Castillo’s “Between You, Me and the Lampshade” in a world premiere being staged by Teatro Vista. Set in a barren area of Rio Grande County in south Texas, the play addresses immigration  ...

The Power of Duff, LA

I keep hoping for transformative theatrical moments at Westwood's inviting Geffen Playhouse. Sadly they are few and far between. There is no doubt that playwright Stephen Belber thinks he has penned such a piece with "The Power of Duff." Billed  ...

Talley’s Folly

Celebrated author Lanford Wilson (1937–2011) won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for "Talley's Folly," a tender two-person, one-act romantic comedy. It’s one of the plays in Wilson’s  trilogy about the  Talley family of Lebanon, Missouri. Aurora will be presenting  ...

The Upstairs Concierge

Todd Rosenthal’s set design for The Hotelman Arms hotel in “The Upstairs Concierge” is quite handsome, done in Prairie Style with Frank Lloyd Wright-type stained glass window panels, faux oak staircases, moldings, cabinetry and doors. Even the typography of the  ...

Buyer and Cellar, San Diego

What is it about stuff? We buy it, we love it, the novelty wears off and we buy more. We get a distinct, if fleeting, dopamine rush, but it doesn’t cure what ails us. This quest for material possessions is  ...

The White Snake, San Diego

Combine an ancient Chinese fable with a MacArthur “genius” director and the result is an enchanting, eye-popping night of theater that seamlessly combines text with compelling performances, sumptuous costumes, live music, a touch of whimsy, and production values the likes  ...

Travesties

The first time I saw a Tom Stoppard play was on my first trip to London in 1981. We saw a production of “On the Razzle,” adapted from an 1842 Austrian farce that also inspired Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker.” (Going  ...

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”  ...