Certain shows benefit from the audience knowing very little about them when going into the theatre, while others are more enjoyable when the attendees have a good idea about the type of show they are about to see. Bachelorette is an example where your engagement will depend on how prepared you are for the drastic tonal shifts that occur throughout the dark comedy.
Sen. Joseph McCarthy died young, and his obsession with communist infiltration probably stoked that. The Roustabouts Theatre Co.’s good ‘A Jewish Joke’ reflects McCarthyism’s repercussions — but, like McCarthy, it’s missing a few of its marbles.
“Isn’t it rich? Are we a pair? Me here at last on the ground, you in mid-air. Send in the Clowns…”
There’s a universe of forces for good in daily life, and playwright Steven Dietz says most of them go over our heads. North Coast Repertory Theatre’s excellent mount of his ‘This Random World,’ and his own deft and user-friendly hand, combine to show us he’s right.
Lamb’s Players Theatre had a big hit last year by featuring Francis Gercke and Robert Smyth in a production of Mark St. Germain’s play, Freud’s Last Session. So, big that they’re staging an earlier St. Germain work, Camping with Henry & Tom with the same two actors, plus local favorite Manny Fernandes…