Like most of Cal Rep’s productions under the leadership of Joanne Gordon, who took over the faltering company in 2004, Tribades is complicated, stimulating and unpredictable. That such a riveting character study of such a fascinating architect of modern theater is also so funny makes it as entertaining as it is cerebral.
The Night of the Tribadesby California Repertory at the Queen Mary’s Royal Theatre, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, (562) 985-5526; www.calrep.org. Thurs.-Fri., Dec. 9-10, 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 8 p.m. $15-$20.
This review appeared in print as "A Matterhorn of a Man With an Etna of a Temper: Get past the name controversy ofThe Night of the Tribades, and what’s left is a pretty damn good study of a legendary playwright."