As 2013 comes to an end, I think back on all of the theatre performances I enjoyed. I attended 25 shows and there were two plays that stood out for me. The first: The Motherf**ker with the Hat at South Coast Rep. This play deals with alcoholism, distrust and the struggles of staying clean. Yes, it’s intense, but the playwright, Stephen Adly Guirgis does a great job of adding a sense of humor and the suspense of who is “the motherf**ker with the hat”. The actors were great and very well-suited for their roles. I found the turntable style stage put to good use since the play takes place in three different New York City apartments.
Can’t wait to see the Cygnet Theatre’s production (May 15- June 15, 2014) as I’m sure it will be fantastic, so get your tickets now.
My other favorite was Other Desert Cites at The Old Globe, a play based on family secrets, including the death of a brother (or so it seems). This play kept me guessing because I wasn’t sure what to believe, as each character slowly revealed the skeletons in their closets. Kandis Chappell, who played a manipulative and controlling mother, was excellent, and the set design was true to form with its Palm Desert style home.
Looking forward to 2014 with the goal of exploring new theatre(s) with intriguing performances!