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.
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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.
The canvas that was the 1990s started out blindingly white and died a murky, bloodstained mess. ‘Pump Up the Volume: a ’90s Palooza,’ San Diego Musical Theatre’s salute to the era, doesn’t quite know why that’s so — but as a spectacle in and of itself, you could do a lot worse.
The search for our identities sometimes takes us outside our own sphere, especially amid our youth — and Leigh Scarritt Productions’ exuberant ‘Brooklyn the Musical’ illustrates the joy inherent in that vital discovery.
If ‘At This Evening’s Performance’ is to be believed, at least one totalitarian autocracy lives and dies by its bathhouses, its radish exports and its state theater. That’s the problem with North Coast Repertory Theatre’s turn at this supposed farce — you can’t believe a word of it.
Somebody or somebodies once declared that truth is stranger than fiction. In Lamb’s Players Theatre’s ‘Big Fish,’ both are about on a par with each other — but to appreciate that, you have to work pretty hard.