Des McAnuff, La Jolla Playhouse Director of such recent hits as Jersey Boys, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots has taken on yet another show. Due to the show’s popularity, Sideways will now be extended an extra week, from July 16 through August 25 in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre.
The play, based on the novel bearing the same name by UC San Diego graduate Rex Pickett, follows two friends: Miles, a troubled writer; and Jack, a rather unknown television actor, through their Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara mid-life-crisis wine country tour. Both Jack and Miles meander through the central California wine country chasing women and delving into life’s issues before Jack is to be married.
“Rehearsals for Sideways have only just begun but the excitement around this show is highly palpable,” said Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley in a recent press release. “It’s extremely gratifying that audiences are as eager to experience this touching and funny piece as we are to share it with them.”
McAnuff is well known as La Jolla Playhouse’s Director Emeritus, and his latest production of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots was genuinely emotionally driven, futuristic, well-organized, and rather intricate.
Though Sideways is not a musical, its underlying themes and dialogue should provide a certain comedic slam dunk for McAnuff. This is an observation gathered from his past performances – Sideways seems to fit his sense of humor tremendously. Since he has been at LJPH for nearly eighteen years, during which time the playhouse won over two hundred awards, the prospective audience is surely in for a real treat.
Since La Jolla Blue Book has not yet viewed the La Jolla Playhouse’s production of Sideways, a review will follow shortly thereafter attendance to this season’s most anticipated show.