If ‘At This Evening’s Performance’ is to be believed, at least one totalitarian autocracy lives and dies by its bathhouses, its radish exports and its state theater. That’s the problem with North Coast Repertory Theatre’s turn at this supposed farce — you can’t believe a word of it.
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Somebody or somebodies once declared that truth is stranger than fiction. In Lamb’s Players Theatre’s ‘Big Fish,’ both are about on a par with each other — but to appreciate that, you have to work pretty hard.
The world is out of whack in no uncertain terms, and nobody’s feeling it more than Ida Peters, who’s dying to get her butt out of a Chicago low-income housing project. Her situation is multiplied by infinity in the real scheme of things — and a newly reconstituted Ira Aldridge Repertory Players has mounted a good show to that effect.
Errors in a play’s development can only grow. But by their nature, errors are forgivable — and North Coast Repertory Theatre’s deft ‘The Spitfire Grill’ is a very good case in point.
Young Gidion’s death by hanging is a loss from which his mom will never recover — and in Innermission Productions’ good
‘Gidion’s Knot,’ educational protocol is as much the culprit as anything.
Psychiatrist and author Heinrich Hoffmann never figured on the modern-day backlash from his children’s book, designed to scare the daylights out of errant kids. The response is ‘Shockheaded Peter,’ Cygnet Theatre Company’s uniformly outstanding nod to the victims beneath the stories.