Patsy Cline, as much as anyone, fueled ‘50s and ‘60s country music into a major genre as rock commanded the music scene — even so, Cline harbored a dark side in her private persona. ‘Always… Patsy Cline’ is aboard right now at North Coast Repertory Theatre, but the piece heralds only what playwright Ted Swindley wants you to see.
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Britain’s Sir Alan Ayckbourn is the best at his craft since Sir Noel Coward — the problem is that the era he chooses to reflect doesn’t always define the grit of day that Coward faced. Despite that, his ‘How the Other Half Loves’ holds water, as North Coast Repertory Theatre’s current turn illustrates.
There’s a universe of forces for good in daily life, and playwright Steven Dietz says most of them go over our heads. North Coast Repertory Theatre’s excellent mount of his ‘This Random World,’ and his own deft and user-friendly hand, combine to show us he’s right.
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.