Psychiatrist and author Heinrich Hoffmann never figured on the modern-day backlash from his children’s book, designed to scare the daylights out of errant kids. The response is ‘Shockheaded Peter,’ Cygnet Theatre Company’s uniformly outstanding nod to the victims beneath the stories.
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For some professionals, making music is more trouble than it’s worth amid the pressures of the business. For the Four Seasons, those pressures created two very different entities, as Broadway San Diego’s very good ‘Jersey Boys’ reflects.
Henry was content to tend to his dahlias and otherwise fritter away his post-retirement — but his aunt Augusta had other plans, plans she’d unfurled all her life. North Coast Repertory’s very good ‘Travels with My Aunt’ charts their course to that effect.
For better or worse, the Crosby-Hope “Road” pictures took a lot of the public by storm. San Diego Repertory Theatre is currently mounting a lookalike, with the hope of drawing attention to national reawakening. Only one problem: It. Doesn’t. Work. AT ALL.
The world can be a deeply errant place, but it has nothing on its own past. Clifford Odets’ ‘Awake and Sing!’ is 82 years old, after all, and it’s a decided reflection on today’s craziness — you’ll find the parallels abundant in New Village Arts’ excellent production.
The current president says he’s at war with the media — but to local theater’s detriment, a script publishing giant may be bringing up the troops’ rear.