The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-in-the-Moon Marigolds

Where: Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs Street, San Diego

Cost: $38 - $59

Age limit: Not available

Ongoing: until Sunday, September 24, 2017

Cygnet Theatre's production of Paul Zindel's 1971 Pulitzer Prize-winner is strong where the script is, and overstated where it isn't. Gamma Rays unleashes core emotions as Beatrice tries to stifle her two daughters, introverted Tillie and hair-trigger Ruth. As if afraid the play wouldn't work on its own, Zindel packed it with Expressionistic effects. As does Cygnet. These give the play size but tend to swarm the battle of souls onstage. The effects might snuff it altogether without Deanna Driscoll's outstanding performance as Beatrice. A volcanic, mercurial bully, she's also errily gentle, even fragile, and amazing throughout.  Critic's Pick.

Recurring dates & times

  • Sunday 2 p.m.
  • Sunday 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday 8 p.m.
  • Saturday 3 p.m.
  • Saturday 8 p.m.


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