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.’
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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.
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.
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.