The Lyons, Berkeley

The Lyons sure can roar! At each other, at perfect strangers and, after a couple of hours of Nicky Silver’s dark comedy, newly opened at Berkeley’s Aurora Theatre, it seems at the audience as well. The family Lyons  ...

Chavez Ravine, an L.A. Revival

The question is "Can you tell the players without a scorecard?" No, I do not mean the one player on the field. Vin Scully, the voice of the Dodgers since long before they arrived in Los Angeles, cheerfully gives the  ...

Murder for Two, San Diego

“Murder for Two” is a freewheeling, raucous ride not unlike the thrill of a downhill soapbox derby tempered by the sudden realization that your race car really could use a good set of brakes. A two-person whodunit, there’s murder  ...

The Rose Tattoo

 The setting is an insular Italian-American community on the Gulf Coast in 1950. Tennessee Williams’ play, “The Rose Tattoo,” is a tragicomic tale of love lost and love gained. Its Sicilian characters are superstitious and passionate in their joy and  ...

Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play

Four survivors sit huddled around a fire, which provides the only light on the scene. They're dressed in grungy grays and tans. Matt (Daniel Desmarais) is recreating a story from the past: an episode from “The Simpsons”. Jenny (Leah Urzendowski)  ...

Gunmetal Blues, San Diego

Welcome to the Red Eye Lounge, where the lights are low, booze bottles near empty and a woman with a past is about to meet a man with no future in the satisfying musical “Gunmetal Blues,” onstage at the North  ...

“The Invisible Hand”

Ayad Akhtar, whose excellent "Disgraced" won the Pulitzer last year and transferred to Broadway this year, is quickly becoming one of the most important (if not the most important) new voices in contemporary American theater.  His follow-up, "The Invisible Hand,"  currently running at the  ...

Pericles

Chicago Shakespeare’s new production of "Pericles" begins as the prince arrives in Antioch to bid for the hand of King Antiochus’ daughter. Pericles must solve Antiochus’ riddle, because those who fail to do so are beheaded. The stage décor includes  ...