Playwright Yasmina Reza says we’re all kids at heart — and that’s not necessarily a compliment. Witness her ‘God of Carnage,’ the very good current mount at Carlsbad’s New Village Arts, and the abject childishness that so-called adults trot out when the veneers they’ve worked so hard to build are threatened. Indeed, the sins of the children are visited on those over 21.
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There’s more to friendship than friends. While the best among them may fight about the least quaintifiable things in life, something indefinable usually draws them together against some pretty tough odds. Yasmina Reza’s ‘Art,’ latest from Intrepid Theatre Company, is a case in point — it doesn’t make a perfect logistical sense, but the production values are often a sight to behold.
Audience and authorial tastes are changing all the time, and that’s why a Moliere adaptation (amid its originator’s bawdy humor) might not catch up in one fell swoop. Nonetheless, San Diego Repertory Theatre’s ‘Manifest Destinitis’ is a lot of fun as it looks at a core premise of 19th-century American expansionism.
We come from dust, and that’s about where we’re headed — and Africa’s Serengeti is a classic case in point in Disney’s mount of the iconic ‘The Lion King.’ San Diego first saw the show 11 years ago to wild acclaim, but the overwrought current installment is accompanied by some dust of its own.
Two of the summer’s better performances are up at Diversionary Theatre — but amid some criminally ingratiating material, the actors can do only so much in Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company’s slovenly Gutenberg! The Musical!.
Hard-headed women, Elvis reminds us, have been a thorn in the side of men since the world’s been around. Shakespeare might as well have written the song — in fact, with his ‘The Taming of the Shrew,’ he sort of did. Innermission Productions offers a technically deficient but philosophically sound entry to that effect.