If you want to explore a dialogue “on topics like privilege, race, influence, power, perceptions, where we choose to live, and how we define and claim space”—as director Catalina Maynard writes in her director’s note—then this production is for you.
With just a painted backdrop suggesting the Dunes, some appropriate costumes, and a minimum of props and accessories (swim fins, anyone?), this Melodrama family has created a delightful distraction that celebrates the beach, Oceano, and everything you could think of that happens next to the sea . . .
If you are in need of an Agatha Christie fix, chug on over to Morro Bay for By the Sea Production’s version of “Murder on the Orient Express,” a play adapted by Ken Ludwig from one of Christie’s novels that proves “the impossible must be possible.”
Six remarkable actors play six strong characters in SLO Rep’s current production of “Steel Magnolias,” the 1987 play by Robert Harling that was reworked into a 1989 film starring six big-box-office names (re-made in 2012 with another six big-box-office names, if you’re interested). Save yourself the streaming fees, though . . .