Adjusted for age, the annual U.S. suicide rate increased 24 percent between 1999 and 2014, from 10.5 to 13 suicides per 100,000 people — the highest rate in 28 years. That’s a horrible portent — but Cygnet Theatre Company’s good ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ offers the right philosophical alternative.
“Isn’t it rich? Are we a pair? Me here at last on the ground, you in mid-air. Send in the Clowns…”
Art and science are inseparable in playwright Paul Zindel’s ‘The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds’ — and in this very good Cygnet Theatre Company production, little Tillie Hunsdorfer is inseparable from life’s truths.
The Craig Noel Award nominations represent the collective view of the Critics Circle members as to the strongest productions, performances, and technical work in the past year – and as such represent a kind of “report card” on the San Diego theatre community.
We asked each of our writers to cast their thoughts as “bravos” and “boos.” As you’ll see, some of them found it easier to do than others. Be that as it may, we proudly present essays by Ken Herman, Kris Eitland, Bill Eadie, David Dixon, Martin Jones Westlin, and Welton Jones.