Desperate, drought-ridden ranchers pay a con-man to bring rain in N. Richard Nash’s romantic fantasy The Rainmaker, now at he Old Globe Theatre. But there’s just as much desperation surrounding the daughter of the family, who may be turning into an old maid. Magic comes in many forms during this sturdy but creaking revival.
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For his finale after four superb Old Globe Theatre summer seasons, Adrian Noble finesses the early Tom Stoppard gumdrop, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, a mixture of Shakespeare and Samuel Beckett with plenty of Abbott and Costello thrown in. As always, Noble aces it. Gonna miss the guy.
There’s nothing like a fatal plane crash to damage a bright new marriage. That’s where Bekah Brunstetter sets her new “dramedy” for the Old Globe Theatre, Be a Good Little Widow. The lame title doesn’t do justice to the quality of both play and production…
The California legacy of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan included a moneyed class of staunch GOP regulars who ran Southern California from their estates in the posh neighborhoods of Beverley Hills, etc. When evolving political power marginalized them, many said “screw it” and moved to Palm Springs, etc.
So why this Doll’s House, right now? Maybe it’s just punching a ticket – the Old Globe Theatre has never before done the most-produced play of the second-most-produced playwright – but I suspect it’s a gender thing. Henrik Ibsen himself said more than once that A Doll’s House had nothing to do with women’s rights. […]
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is a merry new musical containing bits borrowed from all the right places. The Old Globe is presenting it with a charming cast and infectious ingenuity. W. S. Gilbert, Noel Coward and Oscar Wilde hover over the Edwardian enterprise, with Charles Dickens, Henry Fielding, Voltaire and John Gay […]