It carried its harmful side effects, but in many quarters, the Great Recession was no match for human enterprise and ingenuity. If something like it ever happens again — and it will — New Village Arts’ good ‘American Hero’ will serve as a marker for those who showed their colors despite themselves.
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In musical theater, getting everybody on the same page is tantamount to hunting for a needle within a needle in a silo of hay. That’s all the more reason to enjoy Broadway San Diego’s outstanding ‘Disney’s the Little Mermaid.’
‘An American in Paris’ was such a great movie musical that a bunch of people decided it might do well on Broadway. The love quadrangle story is mediocre at best in this Broadway San Diego entry — but oh, the dancing. . .
Art and science are inseparable in playwright Paul Zindel’s ‘The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds’ — and in this very good Cygnet Theatre Company production, little Tillie Hunsdorfer is inseparable from life’s truths.
Today’s savvy satirist would have a field day with the current administration, just as Tom Lehrer indulged himself accordingly almost two generations ago. North Coast Repertory Theatre’s ‘Tomfoolery’ is a nod to Lehrer’s prognosticational genius and a perfectly suitable piece in its own right.