Bay Area Stage: Blue Man Group, ‘Happy Ones’ at Magic, ‘Being Earnest’ at TheatreWorks, ‘Arsonists’ at Aurora
Openings: Blue Man Group in San Jose, 'The Happy Ones' at Magic Theatre in San Francisco, 'Being Earnest' at TheatreWorks in Mountain View, and 'The Arsonists' at Aurora Theatre in Berkeley.
On the Stark Theater Radar: openings at Marin Theatre Company, Magic Theatre, and Aurora Theatre.
Octavio Solis is a playwright and director living in San Francisco. Se Llama Cristina is his third play to be produced at Magic Theatre.
The list of playwrights cultivated and premiered at Magic Theatre is a veritable who’s who of American theatre: Sam Shepard, Michael McClure, Nilo Cruz, Paula Vogel, Rebecca Gilman, Lloyd Suh, Taylor Mac, Theresa Rebeck, Sharr White, and Luis Alfaro...
At times, the play reminded me of the bold, uncompromising indie film We Need to Talk About Kevin (featuring a haunting performance by Ezra Miller); that hatred can seemingly run so deep, without explanation.
This is the beauty of this play; what appears ordinary on the surface is anything but, and we find ourselves asking questions, contemplating the various actions the characters are taking which all appear right, yet seem to further deepen the pain, negative consequences.
Why are sports writers and political pundits able to stir up active online debate whereas their counterparts in theater cannot?