We’re all bozos on this bus, as Monty Python said — indeed, the illusion behind human perception bids us take our seats. In the Islam-intensive current events arena, a dark and absolutely extraordinary San Diego Repertory Theatre entry shows in no uncertain terms what happens when that illusion is washed away.
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Audience and authorial tastes are changing all the time, and that’s why a Moliere adaptation (amid its originator’s bawdy humor) might not catch up in one fell swoop. Nonetheless, San Diego Repertory Theatre’s ‘Manifest Destinitis’ is a lot of fun as it looks at a core premise of 19th-century American expansionism.
We haven’t seen the likes of Leonard Bernstein’s modern impact on music before him or since — Lenny could do it all, and he had no qualms about heralding music’s place in the human experience. ‘Maestro,’ currently on tap at San Diego Repertory Theatre, is local favorite Hershey Felder’s nod to the big man — even amid its topheavy qualities, it’s certainly a piece for the mind and heart.
A cross-cultural marriage brings many angles with it, especially when the child is believed to be the reincarnation of a Buddhist master. Sarah Ruhl’s ‘The Oldest Boy,’ currently at San Diego Repertory Theatre, implies that the repercussions are staggering, but that’s as far as it goes.