I’ve been at the Hilton, sitting in on a variety of plenary and breakout groups, and struggling with how to make the conference relevant to readers who are interested in theatre but who are not theatre professionals. The question that kept coming up for me was, “Why should you care?”
La Jolla Playhouse
The shadow of Islam hangs over a family making a new life in Atlanta as the bright daughters try to resolve their culture and their surroundings in a family drama that seems too light-hearted for the stakes…
Despite the exploitive potential of conjoined twins born into sleazy show business, the reworked Bill Ryssell-Henry Krieger musical Side Show delivers a poignant, dignified and surprisingly romantic package to the La Jolla Playhouse.
Mr. Beaty’s subject is Paul Robeson, the singer and actor who rose to the heights of his profession prior to and during World War II and then plummeted to the depths by his open admiration for equal treatment of people of color within the Soviet Union, an admiration that soured once Stalin came to power. Nevertheless, Mr. Robeson was called before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee, and like so many artists so called, he lost his prestige and his ability to work as an entertainer for years to come.
Over the years, various performance series here have billed themselves as festivals, but none in my experience compared to arts fests in other countries, in which the festival (from the Latin for “happy”) atmosphere extends beyond the theater and transforms public space. Here are some of the most magical WoW Festival offerings.