In the ebb and flow of the theater season, there comes a time when there are more interesting shows than time to see them. Not only is now one of those times, but some theaters are breaking out of what they usually do with unpredictable choices.
At the Chautauqua Playhouse in Carmichael, director Ed Trafton is staging Gore Vidal’s political morality play “The Best Man” (pictured). Though written 40 years ago, mudslinging never really goes out of style, and this play about who will sink the lowest to discredit an adversary still has bite. Seems like this show could be revived every four years - if not sooner! It plays weekends through April 27. Call (916) 489-7529 or go to cplayhouse.com for information.
Another play about the pursuit of power - and the ego and deceit of those trying to maintain their grip on it - is James Goldman’s “The Lion in Winter” (pictured below). This classic drama directed by Rosemarie Gerould is a departure for Magic Circle Rep, which usually features musicals at its two stages in Roseville. It plays weekends through April 26. Call (916) 782-1777 or go to mcircle.org for information.
Yet another departure is “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” by Neil Simon at Davis Musical Theatre Company. You’ll notice the comedy about 1950's television writers is not a musical. This is the last weekend for director Mike McElroy’s production at Hoblit Performing Arts Center. Call (530) 756-3682 or go to dmtc.org.