It’s easy to forgive Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart and Stephen Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum for its many faults. It’s sexist, misogynistic, homophobic, and the plot has been done for eons, or, at least, 200 BCE. It’s low comedy at its best. In fact, it might even be called the pinnacle of low comedy…
Over the weekend, San Diego Opera announced some changes in the 2018-19 season: Hansel and Gretel, Engelbert Humperdinck’s delightful fairy tale opera, will be replaced by performances of Peter Rothstein’s All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 as part of the company’s dētour series.
Encountering Opera NEO’s annual Aria Marathon Sunday, July 15, at Palisades Presbyterian Church in Allied Gardens signaled that Opera NEO’s summer festival is again at hand. This marathon is a ritual that gives each singer participating in the five-week festival the opportunity to sing their best opera aria to a captive audience.
San Diego’s Backyard Renaissance Theatre opened an irresistible revival of Edward Albee’s iconic play “The Zoo Story” Saturday, July 14, at Diversionary Theatre in University Heights featuring Francis Gercke as the shiftless young man Jerry and Phil Johnson as the complacent Manhattan publishing exec Peter.
From Dr. Seuss by way of London and Minneapolis comes a stage adaptation of ‘The Lorax’ which should suit Old Globe audiences without much fun about generations. The title role is played by an irresistible Japanese-style puppet.
For any production of Monty Python’s Spamalot to succeed, there needs to be well-delivered, non-stop hilarity coupled with cleverly executed musical sequences. Cygnet Theatre’s interpretation features these elements in spades, largely thanks to Artistic Director, Sean Murray.