Qui Nguyen’s play, Vietgone, now playing at San Diego Repertory Theatre, is designed to take audiences by surprise – and it does.
Henry VIII couldn’t soldier his way out of a wet paper bag, but he knew how to push other soldiers’ buttons. Then he met Katherine Parr, in whom he met his match. Cygnet Theatre Company’s ‘The Last Wife’ chronicles the events and the outcome — and while the script holds out Parr as a model, the show certainly does not.
Art and religion are among the few things you never discuss in a bar. The two principals in Vantage Theatre’s fine ‘The Color of Light’ may or may not have visited a watering hole in their time, but amid the bond they forged within those topics, it doesn’t matter.
The American Revolution addressed from the perspective of a classic underdog in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s epic ‘Hamilton’ is also a revolution in theatrical application of the vernacular to the mythic.