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David L. Coddon

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Photo by Jim Cox

The very language of Hamlet—transcendent in its exploration of human beings’ deepest and most fraught emotions—assures its resonance in any context and any iteration more

Aug 15, 2017 5:23 PM Theater

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Photo by Jim Carmody

With an opening sequence that has the impact of a brick through a plate-glass window, Kill Local promises a journey into the mind of a remorseless killer who may also be a human being with deep-seated frailties. more

Aug 8, 2017 4:23 PM Theater

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Photo by Jim Cox

Like so many new comedies for the theater these days, this one is perhaps 10 to 15 minutes too long, but the merriment of this show’s merry men—and women—is contagious. more

Aug 2, 2017 11:35 AM Theater

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Photo by Daren Scott

It’s supreme silliness and comic anarchy when the Marx Brothers (Groucho, Chico, Harpo and, to a lesser extent, Zeppo) are center-stage in Animal Crackers, the 1928 musical that became a beloved film two years later. more

Jul 25, 2017 9:51 PM Theater

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Photo by Jim Carmody

For all its angst emanating from central figure Angie, At the Old Place is at times frustratingly low-key. more

Jul 18, 2017 5:22 PM Theater

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Photo by Jim Cox

The dolls steal the show in the Old Globe Theatre’s gaily, boisterous production of Guys and Dolls, staged in association with Sarasota, Florida’s Asolo Repertory Theatre. more

Jul 12, 2017 11:10 AM Theater

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Photo by John Howard

Everything about Big Fish is, well, big: The number of characters. The number of costume changes. The number of songs in the musical score. more

Jul 5, 2017 10:45 AM Theater

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Photo by Daren Scott

You’d have to be a puritan or a rock ‘n’ roll hater or both not to enjoy Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Alan Janes’ 1989 jukebox musical about the bespectacled music legend from Lubbock, Texas. more

Jun 27, 2017 6:12 PM Theater

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Photo by Jim Cox

Even without making contemporary correlations, King Richard II is cracking good political theater. more

Jun 20, 2017 3:28 PM Theater

Three years after its well-received production of Into the Woods at the Old Globe, the Fiasco players are back with an even finer offering, their adaptation of Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid. more

Jun 13, 2017 4:47 PM Theater

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Photo by Daren Scott

Revolutionists imagines a 1790s France awash in violence and blood in which activist playwright Olympe de Gouges (Jo Anne Glover) is struggling to articulate the turmoil in her homeland and stand up for her gender. more

Jun 7, 2017 8:10 AM Theater

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Photo by Matthew Murphy

The charm of Escape to Margaritaville, directed by Christopher Ashley, is the ingenuity in which Buffett’s songs, especially the title tune, are woven into the story and the characters’ fates. more

May 30, 2017 5:44 PM Theater

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Photo by Simpatika

The experiences of transitioning from one gender to the other and that of loving someone who does are poignantly conveyed in Ballast, a world-premiere play by Georgette Kelly at University Heights’ Diversionary Theatre. more

May 16, 2017 5:13 PM Theater

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Photo by Ken Jacques

Food for thought: If Meredith Willson had titled his 1957 musical after the home state he grew up in and loved, The Music Man would be called Iowa. more

May 9, 2017 5:25 PM Theater

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Photo by Ken Jacques

An education in astrophysics isn’t essential to understanding the science of Silent Sky, for its inquiries and revelations are framed in philosophical, big-picture contexts, a technique at which the talented Gunderson is expert. more

May 2, 2017 5:30 PM Theater

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Photo by Daren Scott

At the Lyceum space in downtown, Ruff Yeager sinks his teeth into the meaty role of Myrvold, the central figure of Will Cooper’s trenchant drama Margin of Error. more

Apr 25, 2017 6:43 PM Theater

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Photo by Jim Cox

Moxie Theatre co-founder Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, one of the best directors in town, is at the helm of a new co-production between Moxie and the Old Globe Theatre. more

Apr 18, 2017 5:31 PM Theater

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Photo by Daren Scott

Creating the illusion of a road trip is a formidable theatrical undertaking that seldom succeeds. It doesn’t with San Diego Repertory’s production of Into the Beautiful North, a play by Karen Zacarias based on a novel by Luis Alberto Urrea. more

Apr 11, 2017 8:20 PM Theater

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Photo by Jim Cox

Red Velvet unfolds slowly and at times wavers in tone. It opens with a methodically paced encounter between a grim, aging Aldridge and a sincere but irritating Polish reporter (Halina Wozniak). more

Apr 4, 2017 5:55 PM Theater

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Photo by Torrey Bailey

The Roustabouts, who will open their inaugural season on April 15 at Horton Plaza’s Lyceum Theatre with the world premiere of Cooper’s Margin of Error, are the latest in a growing number of ambitious new theater producers on the San Diego scene. more

Mar 28, 2017 5:18 PM Features