World war? What world war? The human experience is a virtual kaleidoscope of triumph over adversity through humor, as evidenced through Lamb’s Players Theatre’s current ‘CHAPS!’ Sadly, that’s about all there is to be said for this surprisingly substandard piece.
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World War II was just that, a global catastrophe that threatened the future of human affairs — but it also tested family loyalties on an infinitely smaller scale. Amid its soaring language and cadence, North Coast Repertory Theatre’s ‘Gabriel’ is an intriguing case in point.
Songwriting legends Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller almost never saw the light of day together — but the aftermath of a ship disaster eventually made short work of any doubt. Today, we have ‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Music of Leiber and Stoller,’ New Village Arts’ absolutely outstanding account of their careers.
Modern gospel stylist Sister Rosetta Tharpe was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018 — and if her followers’ pedigrees are any indication, the honor is a little late in the game. Eric Clapton and Keith Richards couldn’t get enough, sitting mesmerized at one of her concerts in 1963. Elvis, Chuck, […]
One look at the set for Moon Over Buffalo, the current North Coast Repertory Theatre showbiz send-up, and you know what’s in store for the duration. About 48 1/2 doors line its perimeter, all ripe for the slamming; and if that doesn’t foretell a high farce, little else does. The story peaks a crumb too […]
Just as ‘Hamilton’ was the best show in the history of the universe in 2018, all wasn’t exactly right with the theater world. Case in point: San Diego had an enormous success in ‘Hamilton,’ even as its general theater climate has been quietly drifting toward commercial enterprise for some time.