Despite its reputation, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ does have its funny moments. That makes it a fairly likely send-up piece — but in its latest entry, the Roustabouts Theatre Co. has neglected the guy that made it possible.
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If you were unfortunate enough to see Broadway San DIego’s ‘Once’ in 2014, you might want to consider the recast at Lamb’s Players Theatre — Kerry Meads’ excellent direction makes all the difference as she mines an actual play.
‘Hair: The American Tribal-Love Rock Musical’ made waves in the Broadway of 1968 with its nudity and its public opposition to the American military effort in South Vietnam. It’s frankly not the best script in the history of the universe — but OB Playhouse correctly sees its value as a marker for Ocean Beach and the spirit of the times.
Egypt’s pharaohs had nothing on the puppets their dynasties loved, just as the postmodern era has embraced puppetry with vigor and delight. New Village Arts’ very good ‘Avenue Q’ capitalizes on our centuries-old affair with our inner marionettes — with a big dose of the real world to keep things in perspective.
Your universe is as big, or as small, as you care to make it — after all, it’s your universe. ‘The Wind and the Breeze,’ Cygnet Theatre Company’s current entry, can’t quite decide between the dimensions, but its spirit and production values count for a lot.
Britain’s Sir Alan Ayckbourn is the best at his craft since Sir Noel Coward — the problem is that the era he chooses to reflect doesn’t always define the grit of day that Coward faced. Despite that, his ‘How the Other Half Loves’ holds water, as North Coast Repertory Theatre’s current turn illustrates.