RSS

David L. Coddon

FRANKIE-AND-JOHNNY-PHOTO.jpg

Photo courtesy of Onstage Playhouse

For anyone who’s ever stayed up all night in the company of someone very special, there’s Terrence Mc-Nally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. Read more

Theater

Mercy-Tech-22.jpg

Photo by Simpatika

In Diversionary Theatre’s world-premiere presentation of Miranda Rose Hall’s The Hour of Great Mercy, the shadow of death darkens the already limited daylight in the fictitious town of Bethlehem, Alaska. Read more

Theater

1548721935_2_Aubergine_Brian-Kim_Audrey-Park_Photo-Jim-Carmody-(1).jpg

Photo by Jim Carmody

Musings on the association between food, memories and emotions are nothing new. Nor are ruminations on death. Read more

Theater

HERLAND-PHOTO.jpg

Photo by Daren Scott

Avid readers may remember Herland, a 1915 novel by feminist author Charlotte Perkins Gilman about a utopian society populated and repopulated by women only. Read more

Theater

KarliCadel-Cygnet-MarieRosetta-1362.jpg

Photo by Karli Cadel Photography

There’s a thin line between gospel music and rock ‘n’ roll. That’s one of two resounding statements made in George Brant’s Marie and Rosetta. Read more

Theater

POWERS FESTIVALcourtesy of the Old Globe Theatre.jpg

Image courtesy of the Old Globe Theatre

Playwright Anna Ziegler is no stranger to the Old Globe Theatre’s Powers New Voices Festival. Read more

Theater

827.jpg

Photo courtesy of Lamb’s Players Theatre

Theatergoers who’ve enjoyed musical productions at Lamb’s Players Theatre over the years are getting a month-long chance to relive some of those memories. Read more

Theater

MamaMiaHighRes-24-copy.jpg

Photo courtesy of Welk Resorts Theatre

The new year marks exactly two decades since Mamma Mia!—the stage musical featuring the sugary pop songs of the Swedish group ABBA—debuted in London’s West End. Read more

Theater

Cardboard-Piano_Diversionary-copy.jpg

Photo courtesy of Simpatika

The most hyped, and probably the most impressive, production of the year was back in January when the national tour stop of Hamilton came to town. Read more

Theater

Katie-Karel-as-Patsy-Cline-photo-courtesy-of--Okoboji-Theatre-.jpg

Photo by Aaron Rumley

Beneath the sentiment of his A Christmas Carol was Charles Dickens’ commentary about the responsibility of taking care of each other, including the poor and destitute. Read more

Theater

theyeartocome_jimcarmody.jpg

Photo by Jim Carmody

The Year to Come features some exceptional performances. In addition to Kaczmarek’s loving and vulnerable Estelle, Peter Van Wagner as family patriarch Pop-Pop basks in two audience-pleasing sequences. Read more

Theater

DOLL-PHOTO.jpg

Photo by Jim Carmody

From the instant that Sofia Jean Gomez appears—as if transported to the stage from the canvas of some magnificent painting—the San Diego Repertory Theatre’s production of A Doll’s House, Part 2 bursts into life. Read more

Theater

MB-Guevara-Piggee-1_darenscott.jpg

Photo by Daren Scott

Clint Black’s Looking for Christmas would fit nicely among the Hallmark Channel’s sugary and sentimental holiday movies. Read more

Theater

Beautiful-City-Tech-26-copy.jpg

Photo by Simpatika

The setting for the forthright musical This Beautiful City is Colorado Springs in 2006, around the time of that year’s midterm elections. Read more

Theater

NadiaGuevara.jpg

Photo by Cody Howell / Dear Survivor

An actress and director, Nadia Guevara is associate artistic director of New Village Arts Theatre in Carlsbad, and a producer for NVA’s bilingual, bicultural program, Teatro Pueblo Nuevo. Read more

People of the Year

Melancholy Play 7NOV2018-304 copy.jpg

Photo by Jim Carmody

There are those who find extremely sad people to be a turn-on, whether it’s out of a desire to nurture or out of just plain desire. Read more

Theater 1 Comments

holmesandwatson.jpg

Photo by Aaron Rumley

Sherlock Holmes devotees should absolutely enjoy this smartly written take on a Doyle adventure, and the production’s costumes (designed by Kim DeShazo) and dingy asylum set (by Marty Burnett) are right in line with the period in all its trappings. Read more

Theater

20181012_Fade_038.jpg

Photo by Quasi Studios

In Tanya Saracho’s play, Fade, the unlikely friendship between a conflicted TV-show writer (Lucia) and a janitor (Abel) makes for numerous significant transitions. Read more

Theater

ACTUALLY-PHOTO.jpg

Photo by Jim Carmody

With Brett Kavanaugh’s and Christine Blasey Ford’s testimonies still fresh, Actually’s he said/she said narrative couldn’t be more timely. Read more

Theater

1159_persuasion_kenjacques.jpg

Photo by Ken Jacques

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. Read more

Theater