On its surface, San Diego theater acquitted itself quite well in 2017…Indeed, theater here grows more practiced and comfortable with itself each year…
San Diego Repertory Theatre
Authentic history is sustained by its wealth of anecdotes. Copies of authentic history are sustained by nothing. That said, some very nice production values sustain San Diego Repertory Theatre’s ‘Black Pearl Sings!’ regardless.
Just as human beings make mistakes, they ideally take advantage of the reprieves that life magically hands them. San Diego Repertory Theatre’s terrible ‘Hand to God’ resorts to puppetry as an extension of human behavior — and it doesn’t work any better onstage than in real life.
What do two attractive, sexually healthy strangers do in a snowbound cabin with no electricity? They take their new relationship to the next level — and when the hard decisions eventuate, a faulty San Diego Repertory Theatre’s ‘Sex with Strangers’ says they can’t see the play through.
The French Revolution, and the years before it, inundated the world with news of dire consequences in a particularly failed monarchy. Christopher Hampton’s ‘Les Liaisons dangereuses’ had every opportunity to exploit the revolution in the interest of character development — and somehow, Hampton abandoned its every notion in this nonetheless well-mounted drama.
The Craig Noel Award nominations represent the collective view of the Critics Circle members as to the strongest productions, performances, and technical work in the past year – and as such represent a kind of “report card” on the San Diego theatre community.