French baroque playwright Pierre Corneille’s ‘L’Illusion Comique’ was written in 1636 as a nod to theater’s intrinsic beauty. Tony Kushner’s eye and ear saw the inherent tribute to performance art — and North Coast Repertory Theatre’s ‘The Illusion’ has preserved it with an excellent entry.
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Amid her sham marriage and her obsession with what’s not hers, Hedda Gabler Tesman is an Everyman for the world’s pathologically unfulfilled. Henrik Ibsen’s iconic character gets an airing in North Coast Repertory Theatre’s ‘ Hedda Gabler’ — but a new translation seeks to redefine Hedda’s periphery rather than explore her depths.
The nobler the deed, the bigger the recrimination — at least it seems that way sometimes, and inmate Aikins would be the first to tell you. Even as he seeks to turn the corner, he’s the subject of an unhappy ending in North Coast Repertory Theatre’s very nice ‘Way Downriver; William Faulkner’s Old Man.’
A set’s profusion of doors may or may not indicate that a farce is on tap. There aren’t that many doorways, for example, that dress the scenes in North Coast Repertory Theatre’s ‘Fox on the Fairway.’ Then again, there isn’t much of this piece to begin with.