The Importance of Being Earnest

The trouble with drawing room comedies is that drawing rooms are intrinsically boring. This is part of the problem with the Old Globe's The Importance of Being Earnest - even Oscar Wilde's spirited dialogue can't quite overcome the production's inherent  ...

Passing Strange

The rock musical Passing Strange was co-composed by Stew and Heidi Rodewald a decade ago and in its short run on Broadway was a sensation, garnering six Tony noms and two wins for Stew. It wasn't your typical jukebox musical  ...

Streetcar Named Desire

The vital, welcoming, multicultural Ubuntu Theater Project, founded in Oakland in 2012, is currently performing one of Tennessee William's best written and most iconic plays, "Streetcar Named Desire." It's the drama set in 1947 New Orleans in which the  ...

Widowers’ Houses

It's a pleasure to see a fine production of any play by George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), but especially one of his infrequently produced first three "Plays Unpleasant," as Shaw called them. He explained that he called the theatricals unpleasant because,  ...

Nice Girl

Josephine is the nice girl. She’s so nice that she remains living at home with her mother, working in a dead-end job, when she really wants to do what she wants to do. One problem is that she doesn’t  ...

Blind Date

The blind date actually took place on November 19, 1985, in Geneva. Nothing much happened diplomatically; the world order wasn’t changed. But the two leaders of the U.S. and the then-USSR had a couple of long, personal talks and the  ...

Around the World in 80 Days

Are you impatient for the completion of the California high-speed rail line or eager for the return of supersonic air travel? While you're waiting, pack your bags and hold on to your hat as punctilious, persnickety, pedantic Phileas Fogg takes  ...

The Last Wife

Marriage is not to be entered into lightly when the groom is England's King Henry VIII. The West Coast Premiere of "The Last Wife" offers a contemporary retelling of Henry's sixth (and final) wife, Katherine Parr, and how  ...

Copenhagen

A new production of Michael Frayn's Tony Award winning play "Copenhagen" is on an extended run at the Lantern Theater. Clocking in at over two and a half hours, this play revels in its intellectual density. Past the heady subject  ...

Traitor

As if to prove you can out-Ibsen Ibsen, playwright Brett Neveu has taken Henrik Ibsen’s 1882 play, "An Enemy of the People, "and transmogrified it into a contemporary setting. Neveu transplants a scandal surrounding the water flowing through the Municipal  ...