French baroque playwright Pierre Corneille’s ‘L’Illusion Comique’ was written in 1636 as a nod to theater’s intrinsic beauty. Tony Kushner’s eye and ear saw the inherent tribute to performance art — and North Coast Repertory Theatre’s ‘The Illusion’ has preserved it with an excellent entry.
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Husband problems dog wives the world over, even when that world is as finite as the distance between Texas and Westchester County. Point Loma Playhouse is running its own take on the concept via John Ford Noonan’s ‘A Coupla White Chicks Sittin’ Around Talkin” — and try as it might, it doesn’t carry any solutions.
Millions of miles can’t separate good and evil, especially as both elements thrash it out in the secrecy of deep space. Talent to aMuse has mounted its current ‘HOPE’ to that effect — and it succeeds as writer/director O.P. Hadlock marks his 500th show.
Reliving 130 years’ family history of slavery in one night is a heady proposition, but Lewis proves he’s up to the challenge despite his misgivings. MOXIE Theatre’s excellent ‘Blue Door’ is pulling for him all the way.
The French Revolution, and the years before it, inundated the world with news of dire consequences in a particularly failed monarchy. Christopher Hampton’s ‘Les Liaisons dangereuses’ had every opportunity to exploit the revolution in the interest of character development — and somehow, Hampton abandoned its every notion in this nonetheless well-mounted drama.
Tunes and text are supposed to play off each other as a Broadway musical unfolds. Frankly, the award-winning ‘Rent’ nails only half those components — but as the current Broadway San Diego entry proves, sometimes that’s enough.