Farce is a major driver within the theatrical literature, and for better or worse, it’s been that way for centuries. North Coast Repertory Theatre is mounting yet another one, called ‘Unnecessary Farce’ — and its culture of ensemble makes a decided argument in the genre’s favor.
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Forget whatever you’ve heard about the fabled six degrees of separation. ion theatre company’s good ‘Kin,’ behind a colossally enthused academy cast, illustrates that we’re all a lot closer under the skin than we think.
Playwright Christopher Durang has hauled out the big guns in ‘Baby with the Bathwater,’ his ode to lousy parenting and lousy parents. In this very good Diversionary Theatre entry, Helen and John Dingleberry never knew what hit ’em.
Neil Simon sucks, God bless him, except when he doesn’t. North Coast Repertory Theatre is mounting a very good ‘Chapter Two,’ Simon’s tribute to his second wife Marsha Mason and a nod to the pain of widowerhood — for once, this criminally overrated playwright is on to something.
We’re dependent on only ourselves, in good times and bad, for our happiness. Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s ‘You Can’t Take It with You’ is a big-time reminder of all that — and Lamb’s Players Theatre mounts the lesson with its usual expertise.
Stephen Sondheim is 84 now, exploding with human insight in Moonlight Stage Productions’ good ‘Sondheim on Sondheim,’ a multi-media entry with decent singing and some fascinating interview footage to boot.