Ian Merrill Peakes in "Timon of Athens" at Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C. Photo by Teresa Wood.
Timing is everything. I was fortunate enough to be in Washington, D.C. last week just in time to catch one of the closing performances of Shakespeare’s rarely produced “Timon of Athens” at the Folger Theatre, which regularly does some of the best realizations of The Bard’s work in the country. This “Timon,” directed by Robert Richmond, took a daring, techy approach to the play about an Athenian’s misguided generosity and the wrenching consequences that follow. In the title role, Ian Merrill Peakes is insouciant, desperate, manic and haunted in all the appropriate moments, and his steady Act 2 disintegration makes a potent point about the thin line between money and madness. Next up at the Folger: Richmond directs “Antony and Cleopatra,” Oct 10-Nov. 19. If you’re in D.C. this fall, check it out.
Join me on Saturday evening, June 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hessian Global Goods Coffee & Tea in Hillcrest. I'll be signing copies of "The Romancer" and (at 7 p.m.) doing a brief reading from the novel.
So "Escape to Margaritaville," which features favorite songs (and a little new music) by Jimmy Buffett, opened last night at La Jolla Playhouse, much to the delight of all the Parrotheads in the audience. They weren't too difficult to spot: aloha shirts, sippy cups of booze in hand, and primed to sing along. You could also spot the non-aficionados, like myself: overdressed for the occasion, sans sippy cup, lost during the sing-alongs.
So what's the verdict on "Escape to Margaritaville?" Check out the review on San Diego CityBeat's website (www.sdcitybeat.com) or in the magazine itself when it hits news racks on Wednesday, May 31.
By the by, Jimmy Buffett himself WAS in the house on opening night. He came out on stage during the curtain calls and proceeded to lead the cast in "Margaritaville," which sent the Parrotheads into a frenzy. Good for JB: At 70 he still looks like he's having a helluva good time!
Alison Luff and Paul Alexander Nolan in "Escape to Margaritaville" Credit: Matthew Murphy
It hasn’t even opened yet, but “Escape to Margaritaville” has already been extended a week at La Jolla Playhouse. This world-premiere show that includes music and and new by Jimmy Buffett, will now run May 9 through June 25.
It’s a year away, but Dr. Seuss fans will be delighted to hear that another of Ted Geisel’s beloved characters is coming to the stage of the Old Globe Theatre. “Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax,” which is based on the book “The Lorax,” has been announced as part of the Globe’s 2018 summer season. It’ll run July 3-Aug. 12. The musical, adapted by David Greig, features music and lyrics by Charlie Fink. It was originally produced at London’s famous Old Vic, and will be presented in San Diego in association with the Children’s Theatre Company. Max Webster will direct.