|The cast of North Coast Rep's "This Random World" |
L-R Yolanda Franklin, Lisel Gorell-Getz, Ava Hill,
Kevin Hafso Koppman & Anne Gee Byrd..
Photos by Aaron Rumley
“This Random World”, written by prolific playwright Steven Dietz, draws from the idiosyncrasies of American Millennials and ‘GenX-ers on how they process information, situations, and unexpected opportunities in our digital age.
Directed with an assured hand by NCRT’s artistic director, David Ellenstein, the cast of “This Random World” – most of whom have San Diego connections either educationally from USD/ Old Globe MFA programs or from other regional southern California theatres – are a cast of skilled ensemble veterans. Ellenstein, has a penchant for selecting interesting, bold and thought-provoking plays and playwrights to fill slots in his season line-ups at NCRT.
|Ava Hill, Ann Gee Byrd in "This Random World"|
|Kevin Hafso Koppman, Diana Irvine |
in "This Random World
When Tim actually confronts Rhonda (Ava Hill) the staff employee at the mortuary she thinks Tim is an apparition. After all she read his obituary on the internet. Truth dies quickly on the internet but fake news thrives and spreads like the plague, even on our stages, silver screens and on TV.
Despite all of the implausibility of the plot, I remember the sage words of my grad school professor Charles Champlin, the Arts and Entertainment Editor of the Los Angeles Times, back in the 60’s who said, “if an audience accepts the original premise of the story, then they will buy the ‘bits’ that go along with overall narrative.” He also cautioned, “I don’t want any of you to become verbal vaudevillian style writers either. Always respect the efforts of your fellow creative artists. Be critical but fair.” Words to live by for a critic.
|Lisel Gorell-Getz, Patrick Zeller|
in "This Random World"
As usual the technical credits at NCRT are always top drawer. When Set Designer Marty Burnett, Lighting Designer Matt Novotny, Costume Designer Elisa Benzoni, Sound Designer Melanie Chen Cole, and Prop Designer Holly Gillard, are on the job, one can rely that a stellar production will be the result. Christopher M. Williams stage manages.
“This Random World” performs at the North Coast Repertory Theatre, in Solana Beach, CA through March 18, 2018.
-- Jack Lyons