Rogue Artists Ensemble’s “Wood Boy Dog Fish” at Bootleg Theater

To call Rogue Artists Ensemble’s “Wood Boy Dog Fish” a bold, multimedia extravanganza is entirely appropriate. It is a mélange of disciplines both onstage and off. To tell the story of Carlo Collodi’s “The Adventures of Pinocchio” in a new, adult oriented way, the production deploys a squadron of actors, artists, designers and technicians to … Continue reading Rogue Artists Ensemble’s “Wood Boy Dog Fish” at Bootleg Theater

“The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek” at The Fountain Theatre

In The Fountain Theatre’s production of Athol Fugard’s “The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek,” a West Coast premiere, the time is 1981 and the setting is an arid hillside in Mpumalanga Province, Union of South Africa. An old man and a young boy enter onto a dry, dirt-filled stage where stones have been painted in … Continue reading “The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek” at The Fountain Theatre

“Uncle Vanya” at Antaeus Theatre Company – Mermaids Cast

Antaeus Theatre Company has the most unusual production scheme of double casting their shows while rehearsing both casts in ensemble. Eschewing the dull names of Cast A or Cast B, the company draws the names of its casts from the text of the current play, in this case, Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya.” You will hear … Continue reading “Uncle Vanya” at Antaeus Theatre Company – Mermaids Cast

“Sondheim on Sondheim” at International City Theatre

“Sondheim on Sondheim,” a new twist on an old idea, is a fresh approach to a musical revue. Now in production at International City Theatre, this Sondheim review throws the composer/lyricist directly into the action as a giant image on a screen upstage. Footage from multiple sources – old photographs and film clips, television appearances … Continue reading “Sondheim on Sondheim” at International City Theatre

“Uncle Vanya” at Antaeus Theatre Company – Vixen Cast

Anton Chekhov called his plays comedies and so they are. On the page it might not be obvious, but on stage in the hands the very best players, the boredom, ennui and angst of the characters becomes absurd and deliciously, giddily funny. And this is just the case in Antaeus Theatre Company’s achingly brilliant production … Continue reading “Uncle Vanya” at Antaeus Theatre Company – Vixen Cast

“Vietgone” at South Coast Repertory

At the top of Qui Nguyen’s “Vietgone,” now in its world premiere staging at South Coast Repertory, the charming, ingratiating “Playwright” (Paco Tolson) gives the usual pre-show speech about exits, cell phone and wrapped candies, then goes on to introduce the cast, who display a mastery of the most egregious stereotypes of Asians and Americans. … Continue reading “Vietgone” at South Coast Repertory