Set in England in the mid-18th century, Shirley Gee's historically based "Warrior" defines a new genre--the potpourri play. Not that playwrights aren't prone to wandering off the beaten theme on occasion. However, Gee's yarn about a comely British lass who dons drag and fights in His Majesty's fleet is a porridge of romance, action-adventure, mysticism, feminism and antiwar rhetoric, with a bit of bump-and-grind burlesque thrown in for good measure.
What results in this production by CalRep in Long Beach is a savory but ultimately gaseous mishmash as entertaining as it is undisciplined. Director Joanne Gordon gives free rein to Gee's energetic period piece, putting her performers through their athletic paces aboard Danila Korogodsky's ambitious set--a suspended, swaying platform "ship," complete with mast and rigging, upon which many in the capable cast scramble with breathtaking aplomb.