Don’t let the cover of the program fool you. The Moxie Theatre’s San Diego premiere of Skinless is not a scary play with images that will disturb the squeamish.
It is easy to see why regional theatres have found Venus in Fur to be the most appealing of recent New York offerings to produce… It is written by David Ives, a proven commodity with audiences (his All in the Timing is a staple of regional theatre). And, it’s about sex, though with enough other “stuff” thrown in so as not to shake audience sensibilities too much. San Diego REP’s production takes advantage of all of these pluses, and if it doesn’t achieve maximum potential it won’t disappoint its audiences, either.
Evita remains a major work by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice but a touring revival 34 years later shows vividly how important Hal Prince’s staging was to the work’s theatricality. And it is NOT a roman!
In the pithy words of Professor Severus Snape, “Potted Potter” was short on magic and needed a more dynamic potion, one that fun-loving muggles could stomach beyond a few minutes.
Kristoffer Diaz’ play “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety” at San Diego’s ion theater appears to be about professional wrestling, but it is really an agitprop assault on America’s flawed stabs at becoming a sane multiracial society. The production succeeds admirably in the postage stamp confines of ion’s storefront theater in Hillcrest.