Despite a few cultural shifts in the fifty years since the novel first appeared, The Graduate proves to be a potent memory jog for older adults and a humorous object lesson for those exposed to the story for the first time…
“I didn’t start out to make work that was funny,” says Monica Bill Barnes, who teams with radio host Ira Glass in “Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host.” “What I find tragic can make people burst into laughter.” ///
“I’ve done serious dances, but you can communicate a lot more with humor,” says Pat Sandback, who restages “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries.” “I loved soap operas on the radio, especially “As the World Turns,” because it was so outrageous.”
Fans of Kurt Vonnegut’s famous dark stories such as Slaughterhouse Five and Breakfast of Champions should be warned that the North Coast Repertory Theatre’s production of Who Am I This Time? (& Other Conundrums of Love). under the assured direction of Andrew Barnicle, is a light and optimistic play about love, adapted from three short tales by the acclaimed author.
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.