In 2011, The Book of Mormon swept the Tony Awards and overshadowed all the other shows it was up against. While I love that religious satire, other productions nominated for Best Musical that year deserve a little bit more recognition.
… this isn’t your Great Grandma’s Wizard of Oz. This one has more dancing (giant dancing bugs, crows, and apple trees with thick red lips right out of an acid trip, an edgy Emerald City gang in aviator glasses, and pyrotechnics that make your hair stand up.
Two buddies on a on a wine country road trip dogged by outside world complications and berserk appetites find not paradise but some peace in the Rex Pickett stage adaptation of his novel now at the La Jolla Playhouse in a lovely Des McAnuff production.
Desperate, drought-ridden ranchers pay a con-man to bring rain in N. Richard Nash’s romantic fantasy The Rainmaker, now at he Old Globe Theatre. But there’s just as much desperation surrounding the daughter of the family, who may be turning into an old maid. Magic comes in many forms during this sturdy but creaking revival.
You’d be foolish to see Chance Theatre’s production of the musical, Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson instead of going to summer school to learn U. S. history, even though there’s a lot of history that bleeds into Alex Timbers’ book. But, if your idea of beach reading is plowing through an entertaining and energetic historical novel, then this show is for you…
Freedom of Speech isn’t about getting to show off the ability to perform a bunch of dialects; it’s about giving voice to people who often aren’t well heard…