David L. Coddon


Photo by Ken Jacques

If train travel came with as many laughs as it does in On the 20th Century, Amtrak wouldn’t have to advertise. more

Mar 21, 2017 6:06 PM Theater


Photo by Ken Jacques

It’s rare that a play is based on a movie rather than the other way around. (Shadowlands was also a 1989 feature film starring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger.) more

Mar 14, 2017 5:35 PM Theater


Photo by Daren Scott

There’s a good deal to be said for the voyeuristic jollies one gets while watching, on stage, two attractive people flirt, fondle and get it on (the latter behind a closed door). It’s about what you’d expect from a play called Sex with Strangers, rig more

Mar 7, 2017 5:45 PM Theater


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Diversionary Theatre is presenting two well-known and compelling works by Lisa Kron in rotating repertory. more

Feb 28, 2017 6:09 PM Theater


Photo by Daren Scott

It feels strange to call a play about a subject as serious as the government-imposed witch-hunting of gays and lesbians “delightful.” more

Feb 22, 2017 11:46 AM Theater


Photo by Jim Cox

The passing of 24 years has not taken the air out of Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile. more

Feb 15, 2017 12:10 PM Theater


Photo by Jim Carmody

Much like anything Disney, which developed the new musical adaptation of Freaky Friday, the La Jolla Playhouse’s production is sunny and squeaky clean, and its wackiness is couched in feel-good, family-style lesson learning. more

Feb 7, 2017 3:35 PM Theater


Photo by Daren Scott

Cygnet Theatre’s Bad Jews is either a no-holds-barred comedy in which resides important discourse about family culture and tradition, or it’s 90 minutes of exhaustive tantrums by two equally obnoxious adversaries. more

Jan 25, 2017 11:34 AM Theater


Photo by Daren Scott

Among the many questions raised by Les Liaisons Dangereuses, set in the late 1780s in an opulent France, is how can people wearing so many clothes be so sexy? more

Jan 18, 2017 10:45 AM Theater


Photo by Ken Jacques

The Welk’s production capitalizes on all of these built-in assets, even if its stage and its four-piece “orchestra” only adequately accommodate the sweep of this show more

Jan 10, 2017 4:05 PM Theater


Photo courtesy of Old Globe Theatre

For the fourth consecutive year, San Diego theatergoers will have the opportunity to hear works still in their important gestation stages crafted by talented emerging playwrights from around the country. more

Jan 3, 2017 3:26 PM Theater


Photo by Daren Scott

The past year brought both fresh revivals of classics and bold new works to San Diego stages. Here is the best in local theater in 2016. more

Dec 27, 2016 1:22 PM Theater


Photo by Ken Jacques

If readers have family in town for the holiday season and are looking to get them, and possibly yourself, out of the house, think theater. A handful of holiday-theme productions are still running. more

Dec 21, 2016 11:20 AM Theater


Photo by Simpatika

The miracle of The Mystery of Love and Sex is how Jonny (John W. Wells III), a well-intentioned but conflicted college student, doesn't go completely flippo on account of all the self-destructive narcissists... more

Dec 14, 2016 12:00 AM Theater


Photo courtesy of Adriana Zuniga-Williams Photography

There are spots on the sun and hysteria in the air at InnerMission Productions' tiny space above Diversionary Theatre in Hillcrest. more

Dec 7, 2016 1:30 PM Theater


Photo courtesy of Moxie Theatre

The Kid Thing asks all of us—no matter our sense of identity, our gender or our preference—what bringing a child into an uneasy world might mean. more

Nov 29, 2016 12:00 AM Theater


Photo courtesy of ion Theatre

In these disturbing times, in which so many of us are apprehensive about the now and the soon to come, the darknesses of our collective history may be obscured, especially those that did not spring purely from war, terrorism or politics. Th... more

Nov 23, 2016 12:00 AM Theater


Photo by Jim Carmody

Sixteen-year-old Olivia, an emotionally damaged girl, resides in an imaginary world in which she communicates her alienation via a blog—her inveterate readers are her “castaways.” more

Nov 16, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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


Photo by Daren Scott

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