World War II was just that, a global catastrophe that threatened the future of human affairs — but it also tested family loyalties on an infinitely smaller scale. Amid its soaring language and cadence, North Coast Repertory Theatre’s ‘Gabriel’ is an intriguing case in point.
Reuniting with people with whom one has lost touch isn’t always an easy task and, in some instances, can seem out of the question. A reunion between two brothers fuels the emotional world premiere of The Hour of Great Mercy at the Diversionary Theatre.
Advice is only as useful and the receiver thinks it is. ‘Tiny, Beautiful Things’ at the Old Globe introduces an advisor with a passionate following which may baffle audiences who have their own preferred oracles.
Friendships between younger and older people aren’t often treated with authenticity and dignity in the theatre. What’s refreshing about Grace McLeod’s one-act comedy Herland is how the play respectfully handles the relationships between a high school graduate and three significantly older women.
Songwriting legends Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller almost never saw the light of day together — but the aftermath of a ship disaster eventually made short work of any doubt. Today, we have ‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Music of Leiber and Stoller,’ New Village Arts’ absolutely outstanding account of their careers.
Playwright Ken Ludwig hit gold in 1989 with his first Broadway play, Lend Me a Tenor, and he hit more gold with Crazy For You, his second Broadway production, three years later. In fact, Mr. Ludwig is so prolific that he’s got two shows currently running at the same time in San Diego (North Coast Rep’s Moon Over Buffalo, and San Diego Musical Theatre’s Crazy For You) along with a world premiere play, The Gods of Comedy, opening in May at The Old Globe. Mr. Ludwig’s popularity is well-earned, as amply demonstrated in SDMT’s production of Crazy For You…