Oct. 19 2016
August Wilson is the featured playwright in Cygnet Theatre’s annual fall rotating repertory offering. Seven Guitars and King Hedley II, both part of Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, are set 40 years...
Oct. 12 2016
ART is smart. It’s also funny as hell, which makes braving the Gaslamp traffic to see this urbane one-act comedy well worth the effort
Oct. 5 2016
You don’t come across a lot of relationship dramas centered on a grandson and his grandmother. But Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles, onstage at ion theatre in Hillcrest, is just that
Sept. 28 2016
October Sky is emblematic of wholesome dreams and can-do spirit. Every turn in the story is one you see coming, as is each allusion to reaching for the stars, but this West Coast-premiere musical is sincere...
Sept. 21 2016
With its DJ mixing transitions between scenes and its two young protagonists riffing at warp speed about cultural stereotyping, over-parenting and the plain fact that sometimes things suck, playwright...
Sept. 13 2016
It's hard to get too jacked up about the squabbles among a privileged northeastern family. Yet that's what we're asked to do by playwright A.R. Gurney in his autobiographical The Cocktail Hour
Sept. 7 2016
Wholesome. In a word that’s Oklahoma!, the Broadway musical warhorse that was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration 73(!) years ago. To this day, audiences apparently can’t get...
Aug. 30 2016
Like James Cameron's Titanic movie, Peter Stone and Maury Yeston's Titanic the Musical relies on artificial drama—until the legendarily doomed ship hits that iceberg (the real star of the show)
Aug. 24 2016
Don’t even try to analyze why anyone does anything in Shakespeare’s scattershot comedy Love’s Labor’s Lost. Just sit back (warning you, it’s a lengthy sit), enjoy the summer...
Aug. 17 2016
Two married couples get together, with booze, and the outrageous happens. No, this isn’t Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf ?
Aug. 10 2016
You need not comprehend high finance or know what buying and selling “junk” is to be pretty much blown away by La Jolla Playhouse’s world premiere of Ayad Akhtar’s Junk: The Golden...
Aug. 3 2016
Beautiful is not only an entertaining musical biography of the incomparable Carole King, but a retrospective on the gifted songwriters of the ’60s
July 27 2016
If you find yourself tapping your feet, singing along and even breaking into a grin during a performance of Ain’t Misbehavin’, look around. You won’t be alone
July 20 2016
Barbara Gaines directs a superior cast that features Megan McGinnis and Sharon Rietkerk as the Regency-era Dashwood sisters Marianne and Elinor, who if you know Austen, represent sense or sensibility when...
July 12 2016
Chances are, The Last Tiger in Haiti will be your first exposure to the heartbreaking plight of the restaveks, child slaves in Haiti whose freedom and much, much more is robbed of them until they reach...
July 6 2016
Lamb’s Players Theatre’s revival of its 2000 musical American Rhythm might as well have been titled “American Marathon.”
June 29 2016
Rather than freshen or fortify the perpetually staged Macbeth, the Old Globe’s new production that kicks off its 2016 Summer Shakespeare Festival calls too much attention to its creative nuances
June 21 2016
This production is beautifully directed by Raygoza and gifted by evocative performances from ion newcomers Guevara and Mazon, especially
June 14 2016
The expository Golda's Balcony is an essential history lesson (with intermittent background projections by Victoria Petrovich) that besides the 1973 showdown with the Nixon Cabinet recalls Meir's personal...
June 7 2016
A new translation of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler by San Diegan Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey (Dinner with Marlene), at least figuratively speaking, brings the 125-year-old play into the 21st century


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