THE CHILDREN, Ensemble Theatre Company at the New Vic in Santa Barbara

Michael Butler and Linda Purl. Photo by Zach Mendez.

Philip Brandes – Stage Raw.

What starts out as an intimate, often comically awkward reunion of aging Boomer scientists evolves into a sobering meditation on climate change, intergenerational responsibility, and personal sacrifice in Santa Barbara’s Ensemble Theatre Company production of The Children.

British playwright Lucy Kirkwood’s 2016 drama is already a theatrical staple thanks to its topicality, sharply-drawn characters, and slow-mounting but inexorable tension — qualities abundantly apparent in veteran SoCal director Jenny Sullivan’s taut staging. Read more…