“The Joy Wheel” at the Ruskin Group Theatre

With The Joy Wheel, playwright Ian McRae has crafted a terrific, raucous comedy filled with vividly written characters that conjure up memories of the best of Neil Simon, seasoned with whiffs of the head-butting “Honeymooners,” and served up with delicious, outrageous sexual frankness by Jason Alexander’s superb direction. Frank (Dann Florek) and Stella (Gina Hecht) … Continue reading “The Joy Wheel” at the Ruskin Group Theatre

“The Cripple of Inishmaan” at Antaeus Theatre Company

Once again, the incomparable Antaeus Theatre Company has given theatregoers a brilliant revival of an exquisite play, this time with Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan, which opened in London in1996, and was subsequently produced in New York and Los Angeles in 1998. Set in the small Aran Island community of Inishmaan (Inis Meáin) in … Continue reading “The Cripple of Inishmaan” at Antaeus Theatre Company

“Hir” at Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

The term “kitchen sink drama,” meaning the gritty, British, working class plays of the late 1950s and early 1960s, could easily be applied to Taylor Mac’s extraordinary black comedy free-for-all, Hir. The term hir “is a gender-neutral, third-person singular object pronoun that replaces the use of him or her,” which points to the gender-bending confusion … Continue reading “Hir” at Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

“Culture Clash (Still) in America” at South Coast Repertory

Culture Clash, the brilliant Chicano theatre troupe consisting of  Richard Montoya, Ricardo Salinas and Herbert Siguenza, has been around a long, long time and shows no sign of letting up. Their current sharp-edged social satire, Culture Clash (Still) in America, now in production at South Coast Rep, is unabashedly and satisfyingly rude as they demolish … Continue reading “Culture Clash (Still) in America” at South Coast Repertory