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.
In a scraggly front yard four people trade fragments of their incomplete lives and an unusual buildup of hope and compassion result in Jaime Castaneda’s sensitive staging of Rachel Bonds’ ‘At the Old Place’ for the La Jolla Playhouse.
The brutal murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in rural Mississippi in August, 1955, is recalled by many as the decisive beginning of the last century’s Civil Rights movement. Ifa Bayeza’s stirring one act play “The Ballad of Emmett Till” recounts this event as a kind of passion play, taking us on a fervent journey with Till on his unintended via dolorosa . . .
It nearly is impossible to get a musical comedy nearer to perfection that Frank Loesser, Abe Burrows and George S. Kaufman did with ‘Guys and Dolls,’ and that seems to have been the guiding notion in Josh Rhodes’ refreshing production at the Old Globe Theatre.