The Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Alcatraz, all beckon visitors. Yet in the popular consciousness, theater in San Francisco does not strike many as a stand-alone reason to book a week there. But a recent visit proved that the Bay Area is a cornucopia of dynamic and challenging theatrical offerings — even worth passing up tourist traps like Fisherman’s Wharf.
Shorts Gone Wild 5, co-produced by City Theatre with Island City Stage, follows the same entertaining pattern eliciting guffaws, chuckles and a few choked back sniffles with risque and luight blue material. The acting and direction keeps improving year after year and those elements rescue scripts less deftly written. But this edition feels different for an intriguing reason.
If you know where to look, certainly you can find reliable warhorse titles in the upcoming theater season in South Florida, but it’s easier to find vibrant, contemporary and challenging offerings.
Local stages have some special programs running for only one or two days starting tonight including Palm Beach Dramaworks, GableStage and Arts Garage.
Indisputably, regional theaters have been a significant wellspring for new plays reaching back 30 years. But a quickening sea change has occurred quietly but demonstrably over the past decade: Regional theaters – once reliant on warhorses and the latest New York hit — have become the primary incubator and showcase for new work in America
An explosion of passionate performances (and flying silverware) mark New City Players’ production of the late Sam Shepard’s True West.
Gregg Weiner captures the audience in Ground Up and Rising’s bare bones production of Conor McPherson’s monologue The Good Thief at South Miami-
Dade Cultural Arts Center
Is knowledge always good? Is its pursuit inherently defensible regardless of the consequences? Is there Absolute Truth?These and another half-dozen ideas careen and crisscross GableStage like electrons colliding in a chain reaction in Deborah Zoe Laufer’s Informed Consent.