This year, San Diego theater produced several distinguished shows that ranged from the intimate to the epic…
North Coast Repertory Theatre
Today’s savvy satirist would have a field day with the current administration, just as Tom Lehrer indulged himself accordingly almost two generations ago. North Coast Repertory Theatre’s ‘Tomfoolery’ is a nod to Lehrer’s prognosticational genius and a perfectly suitable piece in its own right.
Errors in a play’s development can only grow. But by their nature, errors are forgivable — and North Coast Repertory Theatre’s deft ‘The Spitfire Grill’ is a very good case in point.
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.
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.’