Maybe Einstein and Picasso never met in a Parisian bistro as their careers were just begging, but Steve Martin had fun in the 1990s thinking about the potential impact on such a meeting on the 20th Century. In a revival of the play, Old Globe director Barry Edelstein does much to ignite the fantasy.
The story about the mother and teenaged daughter who magically swap bodies has been around so long that the title sounds like antique slang but author Bridget Carpenter and songwriters Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey have deftly shaped it into a fable for the ages and director Christopher Ashley imported it for the beginning of his second decade as artistic boss at L Jolla Playhouse.
Reliving 130 years’ family history of slavery in one night is a heady proposition, but Lewis proves he’s up to the challenge despite his misgivings. MOXIE Theatre’s excellent ‘Blue Door’ is pulling for him all the way.
Following a matinee performance of Bad Jews at the Cygnet Theatre, an audience member said something along the lines of “I could have seen that show for free in my own house.” That should be an indication of how close to home Joshua Harmon’s script is hitting for some theatregoers.