‘Gunmetal Blues,’ spoof of 1940s private-eye flicks, opens at North Coast Rep in Solana Beach

North Coast Rep blazes into the New Year with “Gunmetal Blues,” a wild musical take-off on 1940s film noir laced with mystery, music and demolished dreams.

In the best Raymond Chandler tradition, the scene is set in the seedy, smoky Red Eye Lounge, where we meet a tough, trench-coated private eye, a sultry blonde and more blondes, and a jaded piano player who sends up complicated plot concoctions.

Scott Wentworth wrote the book; music and lyrics are by Craig Bohmler and Marion Adler.

Full of ballad numbers and rapid-fire dialogue, “Gunmetal Blues” is fresh, funny and thoroughly inventive. Reserve your tickets now for this captivating caper and see whether you can figure out who done it.

Andrew Barnicle directs Kevin Bailey, Sharon Rietkerk and Jeffrey Rockwell in this San Diego premiere.

“Gunmetal Blues” previews begin Wednesday, Jan. 14. Opening Night at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, includes a post-show reception. There will be a special talkback on Jan. 23 with the cast and artistic director.

Regular performances will be at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays, and 2 p.m. matinees Saturdays and Sundays, through Feb. 8.

North Coast Repertory Theatre is at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach. Tickets range from $40-$51 with $3 off for seniors, students and military. Call 858-481-1055 or visit to buy tickets.