Theater Preview — 09/13/2018
KUSI Theater guru, Joey Landwehr joined Good Morning San Diego for this week’s theater preview.
SEIZE THE KING
La Jolla Playhouse
Through September 16
A full-throttle reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Richard III. With England’s throne empty, Richard knocks down threats to his rule, fueling his insatiable ambition and paranoia. Even if he can be stopped — who can ensure it won’t happen again?
• A limited number of $20 tickets for Seize the King are made available one week before the first performance.
• Written by William Shakespeare around 1593. Play follows Richard’s rise to power and subsequent short reign
• This version adapted by award-winning playwright Will Power
San Diego REP
Through September 30
While fixing up the house was her father’s passion, Bechdel’s father worked as a high school English teacher full-time, as well as a mortician in the family funeral home whenever there was a death. Bechdel and her siblings spent a lot of time at the funeral home, which they dubbed the “Fun Home”, because they always enjoyed themselves there – a stark contrast to what the funeral home was intended for, and because they tended to have more fun there than at home. To the rest of the town, Bechdel’s father and family represented the ideal American family, but her father’s dark secret made that representation nothing more than a sham.
• Winner of five Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score.
North Coast Rep
Through September 30
Blithe Spirit is set at the house of writer, Charles Condomine, and his wife, Ruth. One evening, Charles invites local eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a seance at his house. He asks along his friends, Dr. and Mrs. Bradman, intending to gather character inspiration from Madame Arcati for his latest book. Despite initially thinking the seance has been a failure, it soon becomes clear that Madame Arcati has unwittingly brought back Charles’ first wife, Elvira, to haunt him. Once in his house, Elvira is unable to leave and, as she cannot be seen or heard by Ruth, she causes all kinds of mischievous trouble between the married couple. When Elvira unwittingly causes Ruth’s death in her attempts to bring Charles over to be with her, Charles becomes haunted by both of his now-deceased wives. Frustrated by their odd situation, the threesome call on Madame Arcati once more to send Elvira and Ruth back to the other side. Intensely funny and character-driven, Blithe Spirit combines farce, emotion, and wit to great effect.
• A Noel Coward classic first run on London’s West End and Broadway in 1941
• Rex Harrison starred in the 1945 movie version