The struggles of four workers on the base level of a collapsing auto industry become a gritty metaphor for a human race struggling with the grinder of past against future in Dominique Morisseau’s very american play ‘Skeleton Crew’ at the Old Globe.
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Everybody knows the whole story of Peter Pan but there’s enough magic there to make its origin story into a comfortable and fulfilling musical., built of pieces from all over.
Performances from other centuries can exist only in reports but the career of Ira Aldridge, an African-American actor who played leading classical roles on European stage for the first half of the 19th Century, speaks for itself. And in ‘Red Velvet,’ now on the Old Globe mainstage.
Even the worst tragedies leave survivors who must find their healing as they can, says Nick Gandiello in a world premiere at the Old Globe Theatre.
Maybe Einstein and Picasso never met in a Parisian bistro as their careers were just begging, but Steve Martin had fun in the 1990s thinking about the potential impact on such a meeting on the 20th Century. In a revival of the play, Old Globe director Barry Edelstein does much to ignite the fantasy.
The story about the mother and teenaged daughter who magically swap bodies has been around so long that the title sounds like antique slang but author Bridget Carpenter and songwriters Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey have deftly shaped it into a fable for the ages and director Christopher Ashley imported it for the beginning of his second decade as artistic boss at L Jolla Playhouse.