Drawing on ancient themes about love and deceit, good and evil, The Foreigner is a gut-busting farce that could make your dour Aunt Lil guffaw. But it has darkened over the years. Society is more sensitive now. One can’t ignore the stereotypes, cruelty, and violence. Did I mention the Klu Klux Klan?
Lamb’s Players Theatre
Theatre Communications Group (TCG) announced today that its 2014 national conference will be held June 19-21 in San Diego. Theatre company artistic and managerial staff members, board members, individual theatre artists, and students from across the country are the prime audience for the gathering, which will be centered at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel, near Petco Park and the convention center.
Damien, playing through May 5 at Lamb’s Players Theatre’s Coronado facility, reaches back to the company’s roots. Written by Aldyth Morris, the plot follows a number of conventions of Christian drama (and, truth be told, drama of all sorts): set up the hero as cantankerous, high-minded, and always fighting the establishment, and let the story play out in a way that insures the audience will realize that it is the hero’s faith that makes him a hero.
Pete ‘n Keely has a very thin premise, and the way it’s fleshed out is every bit as predictable as you’d expect. Its saving grace is getting to hear two talented performers sing and act their way through a bunch of standards.