Far from being the insular, inbred scene one might expect in a
posh resort town so close to Hollywood, the Santa Barbara theater
world is populated by a lively and remarkably diverse amalgam of
takes on what it means to put on a show in 2006. This spring boasts
classic comedies and musicals alongside agit‑prop, avant‑garde, and
everything in between. Some of our very best talents will be on
display, and the doors are wide open from Ventura to Santa Barbara,
Santa Maria, and beyond. As the urchins sing to delicate little
Oliver Twist, “consider yourself well in!”
Far Away Written by Caryl Churchill and
directed by Maurice Lord, this abstract fable depicts a world at
war from the point of view of Joan (Tiffany Rose Brown), a young
woman on the verge of adulthood — a Genesis West production. Thu.
Sat., through Apr. 1, 8pm; Center Stage Theater; 963 0408.
Rounding Third Richard Dresser’s comedy finds
meaning in baseball — Little League, that is. Rival dads live a
little, love a little, and learn a little on the way home. Through
Apr. 2; Severson Theatre, Santa Maria; 928 7506.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Written by Dale
Wasserman, based on the novel by Ken Kesey, and directed by Jenny
Sullivan, this promises to be a terrific revival of one of the most
moving American plays. Rally behind Randle as he and the Chief
drive mean Nurse Ratched bat ched. Wed. Sun., with matinees Wed.,
Sat., and Sun., through Apr. 9; Rubicon Theatre, Ventura; 667
Reflections on a Wedding Cake Speaking of
Stories presents Annabeth Gish, Christopher Lloyd, and a
distinguished cast in a series of stories commissioned on the
premise that they all include a wedding cake. Mon., Mar. 27,
7:30pm; Lobero Theatre; 963 0761.
Will Rogers’ America Revisited Rich Hoag
reprises his Indie award winning performance as America’s most
beloved storyteller and Malibu Beach namesake, Will Rogers. Fri.
Sun., Mar. 31 Apr. 30; Circle Bar B Dinner Theatre; 967 1962.
A View from the Bridge Presented by Santa
Barbara Theatre, written by Arthur Miller, and directed by Stephen
Sachs, this is sure to be a highlight of the spring theater season.
Wed. Sat., 8pm and Sun., 2 and 7pm (no Sun, Apr. 16, 7pm), Apr. 6
23; Center Stage Theater; 963 0408.
Frank Rich Famed New York Times op ed columnist
(and former theater critic) Frank Rich will speak On Art, Culture,
and Politics. Rich has a reputation for being the harshest theater
critic ever, so feel free to be as witty as you like about whatever
he does with a captive West Coast audience of his own. Sun., Apr.
9, 4pm; UCSB’s Campbell Hall; 893 3535.
Oliver! Get out there, support Nancy in her
struggle with the abusive Bill Sykes, adore Oliver, ponder Fagin,
relish the Artful Dodger, and try not to sing along during “Who
Will Buy?” This is one of the classics, so consider yourself … part
of the family. Apr. 13 May 14; Marian Theatre, Santa Maria; 928
Dublin Carol A series of Christmas Eve
encounters leave a Dublin man with lots to think about. Written by
Conor McPherson and directed by Jenny Sullivan. An Ensemble Theatre
Co. production. Apr. 14 May 7; Alhecama Theatre; 962 8606.
The Exonerated The Actors’ Gang (Los Angeles)
brings its activist theater piece, about people who have been
unjustly imprisoned, to UCSB. Proceeds go to support the cause.
Thu., Apr. 20, 8pm; UCSB’s Campbell Hall; 893 3535.
All in the Timing Written by David Ives,
directed by Robert Grande Weiss, and starring S.B.’s Ben Bottoms
and Nancy Nufer, this is a second chance to see this wonderful
revival of a series of one acts that first wowed Santa Barbara
audiences at the Ensemble’s Alhecama Theatre in 1996. Wed Sun.,
with matinees Wed., Sat., and Sun., Apr. 27 May 21; Rubicon
Theatre, Ventura; 667 2900.
Lola Goes to Roma A new play by Josefina López:
a mother and daughter in Europe comedy by the author of Real Women
Have Curves. Apr. 28 May 13; SBCC’s Jurkowitz Theatre; 965