North Coast’s ‘Desperate Measures’ Plays with Shakespeare, and Maybe, Molière

In Peter Kellogg and David Friedman’s musical, Desperate Measures, a West Coast premiere playing through February 12 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, a Shakespeare “problem play” (Measure for Measure) is converted into a tuneful farce that perhaps has more in common with Molière than with its purported source. Even so, what better way is there to chase away winter doldrums than with a musical romp?

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‘Noises Off’ in Good Hands at Lamb’s

Michael Frayn’s Noises Off has been celebrated as a farce to be reckoned with, and if reckoning means that the ensemble cast must execute precisely while pretending to be flailing about, then the cast of the current production at Lamb’s Players Theatre has reckoned well indeed…

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How to Describe ‘Sons of the Prophet?’ Wonderful

It’s hard to describe Stephen Karam’s play, Sons of the Prophet, performing through February 15 at Cygnet Theatre in Old Town. “Comedy-drama” is too mild. “Dark farce” comes closer, but doesn’t capture the true looney-tunes aspect of several of the characters. I think I’ll settle for “wonderful” and let it go at that…

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