You’ve seen Sam Galahad hundreds of times before, even if you’re not a big film noir fan. North Coast Repertory Theatre’s ‘Gunmetal Blues,’ in fact, is betting on that amid its decent effort at mounting a funny live look at the staple genre.
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If you remember the 1960s (some of us don’t, after all), you’ll remember Abbie Hoffman, a leader in counterculture thought — and with its world-premiere ‘Steal Heaven,’ San Diego Repertory Theatre has not only drawn a good bead on Hoffman but the importance of dissension’s very place in the American experience.
Everybody knows ‘A Christmas Carol,’ wherein the iconic Ebenezer Scrooge plunges into virtuousness courtesy of three dogged apparitions. But Cygnet Theatre Company’s entry this year is a little different. That’s because, all in all, it’s not really that good.
A fallen hero’s sword is an object of grief for the man’s mother — but little could she have known that the weapon was one key to no less than preserving Christmas for the world. If you want more, you’ll just have to go see New Village Arts’ turn at ‘The Nutcracker’ and watch the Rats get theirs.
Henry V loved France so much that he took it (and Catherine of Valois) for his own in 1415’s Battle of Agincourt. The story’s more complicated than all that, of course — and the debut of New Fortune Theatre is just the occasion on which to tell it, through a very good ‘Henry V.’
Two of the 20th century’s greatest men of letters came from uniformly different backgrounds and have equally opposite beliefs about God’s existence. In North Coast Repertory Theatre’s ‘Freud’s Last Session,’ we get quite a nice look at the debate that would have followed if the two had ever met.