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19 Star Starred
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2910 La Jolla Village Dr. La Jolla, CA 92037
858-550-1010
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Mike B
drinks were allowed in the theater, but not food.
The Good, The Bad and The I-5 info Aug 26 2013 star this tip starred
Alena Bartakova
1h40 of performance! Be aware of that!
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7 events
6 reviews
0 stars
attended Oct 03 2008

Fair at best. Over acted, hard to relate to and boring. Should have left at intermission, but I had to believe it would get better. It didn't. Don't bother.

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3 reviews
1 stars
attended Oct 02 2008

Excellent acting and an intimate theater experience. We really enjoyed the play and were not bored for one minute.

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53 reviews
29 stars
attended Oct 03 2008

This was a hard play to sit through. I can not recommend it. The characters did not have any redeeming traits. They were all despicable. The acting was not believable. It is hard to feel the despair of the characters, when they are portrayed in a...continued

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Description

Descended from a family of sharecroppers, Jeeter and Ada are barely surviving on their ramshackle, destitute farm. Even without fuel, seed, money or credit, Jeeter maintains a stubborn dedication to the land despite the hopelessness of their situation. Disconnected from her children, Ada’s remaining wish is for a decent calico dress and her favorite child Pearl’s happiness. Trapped in a loveless marriage to a much older man, Pearl longs to make a new life for herself in the city. A traveling female preacher, Bessie—who fiercely proselytizes despite her penchant for sin—falls for the Lesters’ son Dude, who agrees to marry her when she offers to buy him a car. In a desperate end game that is both darkly humorous and disturbing, everyone’s lives are changed forever. But a final act of love outshines the meanness of their lives.

First dramatized for the stage in 1933 by Jack Kirkland and rarely performed since, Erskine Caldwell’s Tobacco Road ran on Broadway for a remarkable seven and a half years. Its abrasive humor, lewd religiosity and savage sexuality shocked Depression-era audiences and critics alike. This searing and modern production promises to astound a new generation with its emotionally gripping and glaringly truthful look at humanity.

Erskine Caldwell (author), born in Moreland, Georgia, is a significant figure in America’s literary and social history. The author of 25 novels, 150 short stories and 12 nonfiction works, he is best known for his novels Tobacco Road (1932) and God’s Little Acre (1933). A fierce advocate for social justice, his controversial work presented the heated issues of class, race and gender. Despite repeated efforts to ban his work, Caldwell’s novels struck a chord with the American public, ultimately selling more than 80 million copies.

Directed by David Schweizer.