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.
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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.
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.