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Theater Review: “At This Evening’s Performance”

Katie MacNichol, Bruce Turk, Richard Baird, Paul Turbiak & Sierra Jolene.

Theater and politics mix, albeit uneasily in Nagle Jackson’s “At This Evening’s Performance,” onstage through Aug. 6 at North Coast Repertory Theatre.

A provincial theater troupe run by Gunther Posnik (Bruce Turk) struggles to find audiences for its slate of stale old classics.

Theater Review: "The Spitfire Grill: A Musical"

Aurora Florence, Devlin & Meghan Andrews in “The Spitfire Grill."

I love surprises. I thought “The Spitfire Grill” would be just another yee-haw country/western musicale about life in a small town. I’m happy to report that it’s a lot more than that.

Based on the 1996 film starring Alison Elliott, Ellen Burstyn and Marcia Gay Harden and set to music by James Valcq and Fred Alley, this is a show about life, love and second chances.

Theater Review: "The Illusion"

John Greenleaf & Kandis Chappell in "The Illusion."

Love, death, regret, self-recrimination, scheming and – oh yes – good old sorcery are on display in “The Illusion,” Tony Kushner’s 1994 reworking of Pierre Corneille’s 17th-century “L’Ilusion Comique,” playing through March 19 at North Coast Repertory Theatre. David Ellenstein directs an extremely capable cast.

Theater Review: "Marjorie Prime"

Dee Maaske & Elaine Rivkin in “Marjorie Prime."

The future is here. One thing it has brought us is drones, a “sanitized” way to kill by machine without dirtying human hands.

Theater Review: “Laughter On The 23rd Floor”

Omri Schein & Amanda Sitton Back - Louis Lotorto & Phil Johnsom

For four years, Sid Caesar’s 90-minute comedy variety show “Your Show of Shows” made TV history by incorporating sitcom elements such as the recurring “Hickenloopers” into the scripts.

But all good things come to an end, and in 1954, with slipping ratings, NBC decided to break up the Sid Caesar/ Imogene Coca team and sign each to their own show.

Theater Review: “Ain’t Misbehavin’"

Cynthia Thomas, Tony Perry, Yvonne, Ron Christopher Jones and Anise Ritchie

What do you get when you take a quintet of terrific singing and dancing actors, add some 30 songs of the Harlem Renaissance period by the inimitable Fats Waller, and combine that with a killer backup combo?

Theater Review: "Way Downriver"

Richard Baird and Benjamin Cole in "Way Downriver."

“Way Downriver,” Edward Morgan’s adaptation of William Faulkner’s novella “Old Man,” is not set in Faulkner’s usual fictional stomping grounds of Yoknapatawpha County, Miss., but mostly on the mighty Mississippi River, which in 1927 flooded 170 counties in seven states. That event still holds the record as the most destructive flood in U.S. history.

THEATER REVIEW: “Mandate Memories”

“Mandate Memories” plays through May 4 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach.