It’s lonely out there on the Interstates and truck-drivers are like cowboys on an epic cattle dri/ve. Or sort of. They’re the same kind of lonely, as Samuel D. Hunter shows in his gentle yet pungent play The Few, now in its world premiere at the Old Globe Theatre.
The long-anticipated La Jolla Playhouse WoW Festival has arrived, and it looks like fun indeed. Bill Eadie will be providing impressions of the festival by attending each day.
The Pied Piper’s tune was so irresistible that rats followed it to their deaths, and the children of Hamelin skipped after the Piper into a mountain tomb. Kamchàtka exercises a similarly spellbinding – though, thankfully, not fatal – allure. Eight members of the Barcelona-based theater troupe are here for La Jolla Playhouse’s WithOut Walls (WoW) Festival. Last night, where Kamchàtka led, I followed. And the journey raised juicy questions about dissolving the fourth or possibly the fifth wall and turning theater into life.
Mr. LaMarr has us hooked from his first drag in “The Viper’s Drag,” better known as the “Reefer Song.” He sings with gravelly sensuality, a bit like Sammy Davis Jr., and giggles and puffs while his pals cheer him on. The entire theatre turns a dark green, and smoke swirls over the stage and into the crowd.
These are both “don’t miss” productions, so, tempting as it might be, please don’t content yourself with the froth of Earnest and miss out of the intellectual games of Travesties. But, see Earnest first.