The American Dream is in reality the American Nightmare, and Sam Shepard is here to prove it. Cygnet Theatre’s very good Shep-Rep fare, comprising “True West” and “Fool for Love,” is Shepard come alive, with two emotionally raw scripts and a scathing indictment of a country that’s clearly lost its way.
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A logistical flaw threatens to throw San Diego Musical Theatre’s “Next to Normal” off track — but the bottom line is that it doesn’t. Meanwhile, the excellent cast sings and works its way through this important story about a family struggling with the central figure’s mental illness.
Men do enjoy fooling themselves into thinking they’re something they’re not, and it’s their wives’ job to join in the fun accordingly. That’s the take-away from North Coast Repertory Theatre’s ‘Fallen Angels.’ Now, if it only had some characters to impart the lesson…
We love who we love, and we’re willing to bear the consequences, at least the way Paul Rudnick’s ‘Regrets Only’ tells it. Diversionary Theatre’s latest entry veers too close to farce at one point, but its storytelling is rife with sometimes painfully funny one-liners and situations to that end.
Ireland and the Czech Republic are two indispensable world nations, and that means they have a trove of cultural insights with which to color their indigenous characters. Then why does Broadway/San Diego’s Once, which centers on a budding love relationship between two natives, feel as lackluster as the rest of the show? Probably because there’s no script…
France and the United States may not know it, but they enjoy a very special bond among nations. That’s why ‘Les Miserables’ touches American audiences so deeply — and the stupendous turn that Lamb’s Players Theatre gives the play is proof enough.