The father-daughter connection can be as roily as any other in the family, especially when the daughter’s a teen and is frightened to death of her own ethnicity. MOXIE Theatre’s ‘Lesson 443’ is a well-mounted piece to that effect, but the premise weakens against the solid understories.
Trouble in Mind can be a bit of a slow burn, but the explosive payoffs make the journey worth taking. If nothing else, the rendition can initiate a lengthy discussion about how blacks have been portrayed in the arts throughout history.
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…
Always one to take risks, Moxie Theatre closes its ninth season with the West Coast premiere of Jade Heart, by Will Cooper. Under the leadership of Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, Moxie has given a persuasive production to a play that still needs work…
Three aging, frustrated flight attendants are alone in a hotel room with a 17-year-old drug dealer. That conjures up all sorts of images, and ‘Mud Blue Sky’ author Marisa Wegrzyn gets kudos for not stating the obvious (i.e., going there). Her play, the current MOXIE Theatre entry, is really funny, too — the problem is that you might wonder what it’s all for.
Lynn Nottage’s “Crumbs from the Table of Joy” is one of the busier plays out there amid its loaded dialogue and multiple subthemes–but even as it occasionally threatens to, MOXIE Theatre’s smart production never quite falls into the overwrought stage. Meanwhile, its young heroine trots out a maturity that marks her far beyond her years.