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David L. Coddon

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Photo by Joan Marcus

From the night it debuted nearly three years ago Off Broadway at The Public Theater, Hamilton, the Musical has been rightly acclaimed for its innovative, propulsive approach to the American musical. more

Jan 17, 2018 11:28 AM Theater

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Photo courtesy of North Coast Repertory Theatre

While Around the World in 80 Days is Vought’s debut at the North Coast Rep, he’s not new to theater, having appeared off-Broadway in Orgasms The Play and regionally in Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular. more

Jan 9, 2018 4:42 PM Theater

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Image courtesy of ion theatre

Powerful commentaries on race, two world-premiere dramas and a couple of exciting musical revivals distinguished what was a memorable year in San Diego theater. more

Dec 27, 2017 1:50 PM Theater

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Photo by Ken Jacques

The message of forsaking greed and taking care of the less fortunate couldn’t be any more resonant than in is this season of GOP tax “reform.” And yet Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is relevant every year. more

Dec 20, 2017 12:32 PM Theater

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Photo by Daren Scott

Cabaret is the ultimate in ironical musical theater. In spite of what the title tune suggests, life is not a cabaret, old chum. more

Dec 12, 2017 4:51 PM Theater

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Photo courtesy of San Diego Repertory Theatre

There are many personal crises that are milked for pathos in San Diego Repertory’s Black Pearl Sings!, but all of them are secondary to the sheer emotive power of Minka Wiltz’s vocals. more

Dec 6, 2017 12:57 PM Theater

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Photo by Kevin Berne

Summer is an expensive-looking and technologically sophisticated docu-musical constructed around the songs that defined Donna Summer. more

Nov 28, 2017 5:48 PM Theater

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Photo by Daren Scott

As with Johnna Adams’ Gidion’s Knot, a drama staged earlier this year in InnerMission Productions’ Black Box space in University Heights, Deanna Jent’s 2012 one-act play Falling is intense almost to the breaking point. more

Nov 21, 2017 3:48 PM Theater

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Photo by Daren Scott

Bottom line: If this production of Romeo and Juliet gets college students or younger audience members into the theater this fall, then its jillionth return to the stage will have been well worth it. more

Nov 14, 2017 4:49 PM Theater

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Photo courtesy of Lamb's Players Theatre

Connie Ray’s Smoke on the Mountain is one of the most widely produced shows out there, especially in rural American towns. more

Nov 8, 2017 11:17 AM Theater

From the very start, Hand to God labors like hell to be shocking and irreverent. more

Oct 31, 2017 6:21 PM Theater

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Photo by Aaron Rumley

Of Mice and Men—the novella and the play—is 80 years old now, but it’s hard to imagine a time when its view of the world, a world both merciless and merciful, won’t matter. more

Oct 24, 2017 5:47 PM Theater

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Photo by Jim Cox

San Diego theater is at the forefront of the city’s arts landscape. Two producers (the Old Globe and the La Jolla Playhouse) regularly send shows to Broadway, but there are also gifted, region-centric companies. more

Oct 17, 2017 5:36 PM Best of San Diego

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Photo by Matthew Murphy

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey succeeds on multiple levels. more

Oct 10, 2017 5:46 PM Theater

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Photo by Daren Scott

"Hero” is an intentionally conflicted name for the protagonist of Intrepid Theatre Company’s lyrical staging of Suzan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home from the Wars. more

Oct 3, 2017 5:05 PM Theater

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Photo courtesy of Welk Resorts Theater

The Welk production of Kiss of the Spider Woman benefits the most from its potent performances from the three leads. more

Sep 27, 2017 11:02 AM Theater

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Photo by Jim Cox

Benny & Joon, the 1993 cult film, was quirky and sweet. Benny & Joon, the world-premiere musical at the Old Globe Theatre directed by Jack Cummings III, is also quirky and sweet. more

Sep 20, 2017 10:14 AM Theater

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Photo by Alexandre Esteban

The return of the site-specific Without Walls (WOW) Festival this fall is exciting enough for theatergoers who’ve come to anticipate La Jolla Playhouse’s biennial extravaganza of immersive theater more

Sep 13, 2017 10:05 AM Fall Arts

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Photo by Jim Carmody

Playwright Hansol Jung’s overly ambitious script weaves in and out of a political drama about the divided Korean Peninsula and an uneasy love story nearly swallowed up by the omnipresence of the internet. more

Sep 12, 2017 6:36 PM Theater

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Photo by Daren Scott

Cygnet Theatre’s production of Zindel’s play—which failed on Broadway but won the 1971 Pulitzer Prize and became a well-respected film a year later—spares none of the script’s harsh realities or cruelties. more

Sep 5, 2017 5:00 PM Theater

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