The week’s other openings
<em>Dublin Carol; Yellow Face; The Winter’s Tale</em>
Dublin CarolWashington, D.C.H Street Playhouse (703) 683-2824Director Robert McNamara’s take on Conor McPherson’s 2000 play is harmed by unintelligible Irish brogues and a drunken sequence that’s “obviously choreographed,” said The Washington Post. But the “aching poignancy” of this piece, about an aging undertaker, remains intact.
Yellow FaceSan FranciscoMountain View Center for the Performing Arts(650) 463-1960David Henry Hwang’s play satirizes the 1988 Miss Saigon controversy, when a white actor was cast to play one of the musical’s Asian characters, said the San Francisco Chronicle. With a self-aware wit, “Hwang almost succeeds in making us laugh ‘race’ into well-deserved oblivion.”
The Winter’s TaleSpring Green, Wis.Up-the-Hill Theatre (608) 588-2361“The Winter’s Tale has an undeserved but understandable reputation as a problem play,” said The Wall Street Journal. The American Players Theatre’s “spare and pointed” staging merges the psychological and comedic elements of Shakespeare’s romance into a “harmonious whole.”