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…
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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.
Beauty contests are sitting ducks for the high-camp treatment that casts and directors give them. That’s what makes Cygnet Theatre’s Pageant such a funny play; the show’s ensemble culture and hilarious writing take it from there.
The title contains two identical words that mean two different things – love, after all, is a many-faceted phenomenon, and it shows in North Coast Repertory Theatre’s Romance/Romance, in which the decent first piece softens you up for the dismal second act to come.
Geeks are the woolly mammoths of society, but there’s nothing un-cool about woolly mammoths (or, for that matter, staying true to yourself). It has its miscues, but PsyPhi Productions’ ‘Geeks! The Musical!’ conveys the moral very well.
Andrew Rally has no idea what he’s doing as a Shakespearean actor, but he does know something about artistic integrity, whether he realizes it or not. An acting lesson or two from the iconic John Barrymore (rather, his ghost) help define that lofty concept in Intrepid Shakespeare Company’s rambunctious “I Hate Hamlet.”