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Nov 23, 2016 12:00 AM Features 1 Comments

As for the ensemble, Robert Smyth (as “Shagspear”) has all the gravity and mindful elocution to transcend the play’s structural shortcomings. Even when his character’s motivations feel mercurial, Smyth evinces the surefootedness of a desira... more

Nov 9, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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The story’s focal character is Amir (Ronobir Lahiri), a Pakistan-born New York attorney with all the trappings of corporate success (Upper East Side dream flat, gorgeous artist wife, $600 dress shirts). But he’s a man deeply conflicted abou... more

Nov 2, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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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 apart, though they feature several of the same ... more

Oct 19, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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. more

Oct 12, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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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 Mike Lew’s Tiger Style! at La Jolla Pla... more

Sep 21, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

Unlike many a youthful protagonist, Jake’s (Theo Taplitz) life isn’t destroyed upon moving from familiar confines (Manhattan) to a new wild frontier (Brooklyn). more

Sep 7, 2016 12:00 AM Film

“The Internet was a wonderful invention. It was a wonderful network which people used to remind other people that they were awful pieces of shit.” It’s a hell of a way to start a novel, and Jarett Kobek’s I Hate The Internet has enough bril... more

Aug 24, 2016 12:00 AM Features

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Beautiful is not only an entertaining musical biography of the incomparable Carole King, but a retrospective on the gifted songwriters of the ’60s. more

Aug 3, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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. more

Jul 27, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

Last week, the port hosted a two-day open house in a cramped, stuffy, top-floor suite at the San Diego Convention Center so the public could peruse the plans, grill proponents about the details and fill out comment cards that port staff wou... more

Jun 22, 2016 12:00 AM Spin Cycle

A pivotal two weeks in history are dramatized in Lawrence Wright’s one-act Camp David. more

May 25, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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Relationships are complicated enough without the moments of high drama recurring over and over, and not always in the same way. But in the “multiverse” explained by physicist Marianne, the more grating half of the two lovers in Nick Payne’s... more

Apr 27, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

Way Downriver could have been ponderous and biblically symbolic, in the way that so many scholars view Faulkner’s original story. more

Apr 20, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

Every Monday morning at the Norman Park senior center, I moderate a discussion group on world affairs. Starting in April, every Thursday evening I’ll run a discussion group on books. My featured selection each week will alternate between fi... more

Mar 30, 2016 12:00 AM Letters to the Editor

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Bruce Lightner, the 67-yearold husband of 43 years to the termed-out San Diego City Council President Sherri Lightner, pulls out a tiny, folded-up sticky note and takes a quick glance at it. No talking about the current council members, the... more

Mar 23, 2016 12:00 AM Spin Cycle

The Spanos’ quest for a new stadium or a move to Los Angeles reveals a double standard [“Deano Spanos’ lame-duck Chargers,” Feb. 3]. more

Feb 17, 2016 12:00 AM Letters to the Editor

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Jan 20, 2016 12:00 AM Spin Cycle

Everybody’s been fantasizing about winning the $1.5 billion-plus Powerball lottery. Newscasts are filled with people talking dreamily about what they’d do with the winnings. Some would hand out cars and homes like Oprah. more

Jan 13, 2016 12:00 AM From the Editor

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