Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, Berkeley

Molly Ivins deserves better. “Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins,” Kathleen Turner’s one-person show (except for a copy boy, Michael Barrett Austin, who silently wanders in and out, handing her dispatches from the AP wire machine that  ...

The Old Woman, Berkeley

Don’t ask me what it means. The inspired nonsense that comes out of the fertile brain of Robert Wilson is meaningless, yet fraught with meaning — barely comprehensible but hugely entertaining — absurdism at its finest. There’s a story there  ...

Pericles, Prince of Tyre, San Diego

The Globe’s annual MFA production, done in collaboration with the University of San Diego program, is always a fun time, and this year’s production is no exception. “Pericles” is a surreal tale of lost love, rediscovered love, bad luck and  ...

Testament, SF

Jesus, Mary and Joseph! No, I’m not swearing, that’s who this play is about. Multi-award-winning Irish author Colm Tóibín’s “Testament” turns the Gospels on their ear by recounting the events leading up to the Crucifixion through the eyes of the  ...

The Lieutenant of Inishmore

“Four dead fellas, two dead cats … me hairstyle ruined! Did I miss anything?” That’s the culmination of Martin McDonagh’s grisly black comedy, "The Lieutenant of Inishmore", now being crisply staged by Aston Rep at the Raven Theatre.  ...

The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord, LA

Put off by the weighty title of the Geffen's latest offering on its more innovative stage? Take it from me, there's no need to be. It is OK if you have forgotten all but the barest outline of your literature  ...

Forever, LA

In lean times theater directors turn more frequently to one person performances and very small casts. For material, the "written-and-performed-bys" mine the depths of memory. It is so much the easier if the remembered are dead and will never see  ...

Bright Star, San Diego

Steve Martin once said: “When you’re playing the banjo, everything’s OK.” And that may be what ultimately saves “Bright Star.” Despite some pretty glaring deficiencies, the music is so good you almost don’t care about lyrics, dialogue or plot. This  ...

Affluence, LA

Affluence is a major issue in American society today — a few people have a lot of it while a lot of people have none and probably never will — so it’s not surprising that some playwrights are drawn to  ...