Judging from the reaction of SanDiegoStory.com’s team of reviewers, 2014 was a mixed year for the arts in San Diego. While there was plenty to savor, there was also plenty to criticize…
Everybody knows ‘A Christmas Carol,’ wherein the iconic Ebenezer Scrooge plunges into virtuousness courtesy of three dogged apparitions. But Cygnet Theatre Company’s entry this year is a little different. That’s because, all in all, it’s not really that good.
The American Dream is in reality the American Nightmare, and Sam Shepard is here to prove it. Cygnet Theatre’s very good Shep-Rep fare, comprising “True West” and “Fool for Love,” is Shepard come alive, with two emotionally raw scripts and a scathing indictment of a country that’s clearly lost its way.
Beauty contests are sitting ducks for the high-camp treatment that casts and directors give them. That’s what makes Cygnet Theatre’s Pageant such a funny play; the show’s ensemble culture and hilarious writing take it from there.
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.
Many of Stephen Sondheim’s musicals are more admired than beloved. Assassins falls into that category, despite a well-paced and sung production at Cygnet Theatre in Old Town.