Noel Coward once said that he didn’t look at himself through anybody’s eyes but his own. That’s the mark of an absolutely transcendent farceur — and with a few exceptions, Cygnet Theatre Company proudly presents him as he is in a double bill.
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Sociopolitically correct Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company resumes its full-fledged stage activity with a pretty good world-premiere ‘Cell,’ designed as a commentary on likeminded social groups and the reproach they experience when society necessarily places them at odds.
A set’s profusion of doors may or may not indicate that a farce is on tap. There aren’t that many doorways, for example, that dress the scenes in North Coast Repertory Theatre’s ‘Fox on the Fairway.’ Then again, there isn’t much of this piece to begin with.
‘West Side Story’ is a modern musical retake on William Shakespeare’s tragedy ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ It’s fitting that ‘West Side’ isn’t going away any more than Shakespeare is — and amid Lamb’s Players Theatre’s very good turn with the former, you begin to figure out why.
Samantha Ginn can do no wrong in ‘Sylvia,’ the latest entry from Carlsbad’s New Village Arts, and her castmates come up awfully strong as well. This is a pretty funny show that nevertheless tends to falter in lockstep with playwright A.R. Gurney.
Charlie was always big, but not like this. Life has fueled his colossal eating disorder — and playwright Samuel D. Hunter gives us plenty of explanation (despite some very faulty subtext) in Cygnet Theatre Company’s good ‘The Whale.’