The romance of adulthood stretches ahead of the millennials now and how better to celebrate than with the peppy pop songs of an even earlier era? Thus the new musical at the Old Globe based on the playlist of Huey Lewis and the News, massaged vigorously by emerging talents who know how to bring the jukebox to the stage.
Rosina Reynolds is far from a novice when it comes to working on plays by the famously clever writer, Noel Coward. In recent years, she has directed a production of Coward’s Fallen Angels at the North Coast Repertory Theatre, and has starred in interpretations of his comedy Hay Fever, and the dark drama, The Vortex, at the Cygnet Theatre.
The world seems determined to sabotage its best efforts — even as it clearly defines its problems, its myopic better angels can’t deliver the cure. Innermission Productions’ good ‘Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.’ looks at the state of humanity and doesn’t hesitate for an instant to point the finger of blame.
Adjusted for age, the annual U.S. suicide rate increased 24 percent between 1999 and 2014, from 10.5 to 13 suicides per 100,000 people — the highest rate in 28 years. That’s a horrible portent — but Cygnet Theatre Company’s good ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ offers the right philosophical alternative.
Originally staged in London in 1986, The Phantom of the Opera is still full of music, effects and imagery that continues to wow audiences in the West End and on Broadway. For the last few years, however, the touring production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical has featured new direction from Laurence Connor and a different set from Paul Brown.