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The opening night of Lamb’s Players Theatre’s production of Persuasion began with an earnest pre-show explanation from director Robert Smyth about the context and significance—socially and academically—of Jane Austen’s last novel. more

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Madness in OB? Feminism in Rolando? Our picks for the San Diego theatre companies making bold statements more

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New Village Arts Theatre’s staging of Tony Meneses’ Guadalupe in the Guest Room can sometimes come across as very sentimental, but is a warm and engaging 90 minutes that confronts profound family loss with dignity and restraint. more

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The “fun home” in Alison Bechdel’s childhood is what she and her siblings call their father’s funeral home—his side business when he wasn’t teaching English. more

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Among the questions confronting Bobby—the likable bar-band hero of the Huey Lewis and the News-inspired jukebox musical, The Heart of Rock & Roll—is if it really is hip to be square? more

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This veddy English trifle (though it’s a two-hour, 40-minute trifle) opens North Coast Repertory Theatre’s 37th season. more

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Photo by Eden Orfanos

In researching what would eventually become a one-woman show titled Women at War, Johannsen, the former artistic director of San Diego’s Stone Soup Theatre Company, spoke with the four woman soldiers who’d served in Afghanistan between 2012 and 2013. more

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Photo by Ken Jacques

In the hands of Boddie and director Rob Lutfy, Every Brilliant Thing transcends its British roots. more

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Photo by Jim Cox

At one point in Seize the King, playwright Will Power’s reimagined take on Shakespeare’s Richard III, the title character makes a pointed distinction between “not the truth” and a “lie.” more

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The Globe’s latest production of Much Ado About Nothing, the capper of the 2018 Summer Shakespeare Festival, is a total audience pleaser from start to curtain. more

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Patrons of all ages should appreciate the notions of love and acceptance of others and ourselves as well. Unlike the bows and plaid skirts, those never go out of style. more

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Photo by Jim Cox

Were newlyweds ever as cute as they are in Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park? Beginning a new life together in an impossibly impractical apartment in New York and subsisting on hugs and kisses is pretty much the entire premise of Simon’s 1963 comedy. more

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The merit of the musical is often its laugh-out-loud lyrics, which spoof the shallowness of wealth and contemporary relationships. more

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The 1980 film Xanadu was flat-out bad. It even inspired the snarky Razzies Awards, an annual mock award for the year’s worst cinema. On the other hand, the 2007 Broadway musical version, a self-parodying 90 minutes of anything-goes silliness, is fun more

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The cast of 13 is the largest ever for a show at North Coast Rep in artistic director David Ellenstein’s 16-year tenure. more

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Queens is the story of some remarkable women, though neither is of royal blood. more

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'The Tempest'

Courtesy of the Old Globe

A wonderfully imaginative realization of 'The Tempest,' the last play in Shakespeare’s canon, launches the Old Globe Theatre’s Summer Shakespeare Festival with a flourish. more

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Photo by Daren Scott

Look, anything that pumps new life into Shakespeare’s timeworn Romeo & Juliet is welcome. more

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Photo by Jim Carmody

In Robert Askins’ allegorical play The Squirrels, the titular characters are neither cute little critters, nor scavenging tree rats. more

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The life of Anita Bryant was both destructive and self-destructive. It is one of the two narratives that entwine in Diversionary Theatre’s promising world-premiere musical, The Loneliest Girl in the World. more

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