The fresh premise of "Hands on a Hardbody" -- the last of 10 Texans to break contact with a Nissan pickup truck drives it away -- doesn't disguise a debt to other tuners.
The most thoughtful and scintillating reading of the Webber/Rice rock opera since its 1969 recording.
It's looking increasingly likely that we can add "Jesus Christ Superstar" to the list of Des McAnuff-helmed productions that launched at San Diego's La Jolla Playhouse prior to landing on Broadway.
When actors decide to step up their careers, they do theater. When freelance directors want to raise the level of their game, they run one.
Coming off the recent Broadway-bound success of "Tommy," the La Jolla Playhouse has nabbed another coup with the world premiere next season of a musical from Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine.