Design of Jenny Chow."
Now comes "The Secret Order," a new play by Bob Clyman that's
bound for Broadway next fall. But first, it'll stop off in Laguna for
its West Coast premiere as the final production of the Playhouse's
Clyman's play focuses on a cancer researcher laboring in relative
obscurity at a Midwestern university who achieves an apparent
breakthrough. This discovery thrusts him into the hidden world of
high stakes medicine where brains, egos, ethical quandaries, romance,
institutional politics and public exposure collide -- all in pursuit
of the elusive cure.
Michael Sexton, who directed the play's off-Broadway debut, is
staging the Laguna production, which features Daniel Von Bargen,
Howard Witt, Shayna Ferm and Zak Orth. The original staging prompted
the New York Times critic to describe it as "full of dazzling
"The Secret Order" opens Saturday at the playhouse and runs
through June 29. Tickets may be ordered at (800) 946.5556 or online
Another, upcoming West Coast premiere at the Playhouse has just
been honored. "The Romance of Magno Rubio" -- which opens Nov. 4 --
captured eight Obie awards for its New York engagement. The Obies are
the off-Broadway equivalent of the Tonys.
Lonnie Carter's new play about a love-struck Filipino farm laborer
will come to Laguna with the Obie-winning cast intact, including
director Loy Arcenas.
"Magno Rubio" is set in Depression-era California, but this is no
"Of Mice and Men." It's described as a romantic comedy which
"joyously entertains with inspired silliness, kinetic movement and
The play has been selected as a featured presentation in the 2003
Eclectic Orange Festival of the Philharmonic Society of Orange
The Playhouse's 12th annual "A Movable Feast" benefit will be
conducted June 9 starting at 5:30 p.m. as 13 of Laguna's finest
restaurants showcase their culinary talents.
For $100 (distinguished diner) or $200 (VIP diner), patrons travel
from one restaurant to another to sample the various goodies. There's
also a welcome reception and silent auction sandwiched between
courses and a grand prize drawing at the conclusion of the
All proceeds benefit the Laguna Playhouse and a portion of each
dinner ticket is tax deductible. More information is available at
(949) 497-2787, ext. 308.
* TOM TITUS reviews local theater for the Coastline Pilot.