House of Joy

Cal Shakes’ world premiere of “House of Joy” by emerging playwright Madhuri Shekar is a dramatically staged and spectacularly costumed action-adventure romance set in a harem during the impending collapse of the storied 17th century Mughal Indian Empire. For  ...

The Play that Goes Wrong

It’s not often that theater reviewers heap praise on the set designer in the same way that they do on the writers, actors, and directors. Perhaps they should . . . and after seeing “The Play That Goes Wrong,”  ...

Six

ARAGON. BOLEYN. SEYMOUR. CLEVES. HOWARD. PARR. Remember their names because these ladies are set for world domination. “Six,” the thoroughly smashing pop musical about the wives of Henry VIII is currently playing in London to  ...

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Nicholas Hytner’s new production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is notable for the casting of Gwendoline Christie (fan favorite Brienne of Tarth in HBO’s “Game of Thrones”) as the Fairy Queen but audience members who were expecting a traditional  ...

The Underpants

“The Underpants” will get you hot under the collar but not as intended by author Steve Martin. Martin’s adaptation of an early 20th century German play that satirizes middle-class morals centers on the fallout when a  ...

Another Roll of the Dice

From the first joyful strains of “I Hear Music” sung by a sassy waitress wearing bobby socks, a toe-tapping-head-bobbing good time is in store with the world premiere musical “Another Roll of the Dice” at the North Coast Rep.  ...

The Tale of Despereaux

The downside to creating a brilliant show comes later, when you create one that’s merely good. When Pigpen Theatre Company came to the Old Globe in 2017 to perform their original story, The Old Man and the Old Moon,  ...

The Good Person of Szechwan

The little lifeboat is swiftly sent down./ Too many men too greedily/ Hold on to it as they drown. — Bertolt Brecht When Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956, “Three Penny Opera”) wrote the light and lively fable of  ...

The Play That Goes Wrong

Alas, sometimes a title gives away the plot. Maybe it is foolish to expect more from a play written by a committee, namely Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields. It is summer and once again theatrical producers are  ...

As You Like It

On the page, there’s nothing overtly magical about As You Like It. Nobody conjures storms or misappropriates love potions or portends the future. Still, if you accept that falling in love is its own sleight of hand, then the  ...