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David L. Coddon

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Photo courtesy of Diversionary Theatre

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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Photo by Jim Cox

Replete with slow-motion and stop-action double takes, as well as mugging to the audience and lots and lots of shouting, the Edward Torres-directed Native Gardens hammers into the ground its humor and its message points. more

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The simmering tension of The Madres takes awhile to boil, but when it does, Stephanie Alison Walker’s play overflows the theater with passion and anguish. more

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Photo by Jim Cox

A production of immense emotional potency, the Old Globe’s A Thousand Splendid Suns, presented in association with American Conservatory Theater (ACT), is not to be missed. more

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Photo by Ken Jacques

Artistic temperament, thy name is Rothko. That’s Mark Rothko, the fiery abstract expressionist who is the alpha dog in John Logan’s brilliant, Tony Award-winning play Red. more

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Photo by Adriana Zuniga-Williams

Its songs may seem old (they are), but the longest-running Broadway musical revue ever is still blessed with the endurance and exuberance of youth. more

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Photo courtesy of San Diego Musical Theatre

South Pacific may seem old-fashioned today, but those who see it, whether for the first time or for the fifth, should heed its still crucial lessons. more

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Photo by Jim Cox

The dual worlds of Anna Ziegler’s The Wanderers never physically collide, but they are certainly intertwined in this smart, world-premiere play directed by Barry Edelstein in the Old Globe’s White Theatre. more

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Photo by Ken Jacques

The Brits have an uncanny knack for creating comedy that is laden with slapstick, physicality and shameless sexual innuendo. more

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Photo by Daren Scott

Men on Boats’ 10 actors—all of them women portraying men—tirelessly create the illusion of adventurers challenging the wrath of the Green and Colorado Rivers. more

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Photo by Jim Cox

American Mariachi is extremely sentimental, but José Cruz González’s new play has its heart in the right place: wrapped around a musical art form that is deeply ingrained in Mexico’s history, culture and people. more

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Photo by Eric Woolsey

The weightiness of this re-creation of a shameful, paranoid chapter in American history is undeniable. But A Jewish Joke succeeds. more

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Photo by Daren Scott

A Little Night Music is best known for “Send in the Clowns,” arguably the most poignant song Sondheim has written. more

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Shakespeare’s Macbeth, often referred to in traditionally superstitious theatre circles as “The Scottish Play,” is back yet again on a San Diego stage. more

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Photo by Aaron Rumley

The world of Steven Dietz’s prefab play isn’t so much random as it is highly coincidental. Of course This Random World makes for a much bolder title than This Highly Coincidental World. more

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Photo by Jim Cox

That’s Uncle Vanya, Anton Chekhov’s quietly simmering (until the end of Act III of IV) dissection of life’s longings, impossible dreams and harsh realities. more

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Photo by Jim Cox

As dependable as the sun coming up over the English countryside, Oscar Wilde’s venerable comedy of manners, The Importance of Being Earnest, entertains mightily no matter how often it’s staged. more

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Photo by Daren Scott

The ingenuity of playwright Qui Nguyen is on exuberant display in the San Diego Repertory Theatre’s production of his 2015 play Vietgone. more

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Photo by Daren Scott

Cygnet Theatre’s The Last Wife is not so much a deconstruction of history as it is, in the words of playwright Kate Hennig, a reimagining of the people who made it. I more

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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

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