Eugene O’Neill’s dark vision of New England family life remains at the heart of the American theater tradition. Despite near-constant revision of the dysfunctional family drama genre by such talented followers as Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, and Tracy Letts, O’Neill continues to own the sense that while it’s possible to go home again, it’s dead certain that if you do, you will regret it. Jenny Sullivan will direct Rubicon’s March production of A Moon for the Misbegotten, and Joseph Fuqua will play the leading role of James Tyrone Jr., the grieving eldest son of the drug- and alcohol-devastated Tyrone clan. He’s got to deal with the house in Connecticut where his mother died and get back to New York before it kills him, too. See it and you’ll know where the insanity of August: Osage County comes from, theatrically speaking. At Rubicon Theatre March 12 - April 6. Call 667-2900 or visit rubicontheatre.org.
Jimmy Titanic, presented by Tir Na Theatre. At Center Stage Theater, Friday-Saturday, January 17-18.
Murder on the Waterfront, presented by Prism Productions. At Chuck’s Waterfront Grill, Wednesday, January 22 (additional dates TBD).
Colin Quinn’s Unconstitutional. At the Lobero Theatre, Saturday, January 18.
PlayFest Santa Barbara. At SBCC’s Garvin Theatre, Friday-Saturday, January 24-25.
Noises Off. At Rubicon Theatre, Wednesday, January 29-Sunday, February 23.
Electra. At Westmont’s Porter Theatre, Friday, January 31- Saturday, February 8.
Good People, presented by Ensemble Theatre. At New Victoria Theatre, Thursday, February 6- Sunday, February 23.
King of Shadows, presented by Elements Theatre Collective. At various locations, Friday, February 7-Sunday, February 23.
Paul Reiser. At the Lobero Theater, Friday, February 14.
The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls. At UCSB’s Performing Arts Theater, Friday, February 14- Saturday, February 22.
Stuart Little, presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. At Campbell Hall, Sunday, February 16.
The Second City, presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. At Campbell Hall, Wednesday, February 19.
Untitled IV by Ruth Markofsky, presented by Launch Pad. At UCSB’s Hatlen Theater, Thursday, February 27 - Saturday, March 8.
Noises Off, presented by the Theatre Group at SBCC. At Garvin Theatre, Friday, March 7 - Saturday, March 22.
The Wizard of Oz, presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. At Campbell Hall, Sunday, March 9.
The Last Five Years. At Westmont’s Porter Theatre, Friday-Sunday, March 21-23.
Metamorphoses. Ensemble Theater at New Victoria Theatre, Thursday, March 27 - Sunday, April 13.
Bonnie and Clyde, presented by Out of the Box Theatre Company. At Center Stage Theater, Thursday, April 3 - Sunday, April 13.