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David L. Coddon

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

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

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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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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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