RSS

David L. Coddon

david_oldglobefestival.jpg

Photo by Jim Cox

San Diego theater is at the forefront of the city’s arts landscape. Two producers (the Old Globe and the La Jolla Playhouse) regularly send shows to Broadway, but there are also gifted, region-centric companies. more

Oct 17, 2017 5:36 PM Best of San Diego

absolutebrightness-02-web.jpg

Photo by Matthew Murphy

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey succeeds on multiple levels. more

Oct 10, 2017 5:46 PM Theater

FATHER_darenscott.jpg

Photo by Daren Scott

"Hero” is an intentionally conflicted name for the protagonist of Intrepid Theatre Company’s lyrical staging of Suzan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home from the Wars. more

Oct 3, 2017 5:05 PM Theater

KissLowRes-43-copy-(1).jpg

Photo courtesy of Welk Resorts Theater

The Welk production of Kiss of the Spider Woman benefits the most from its potent performances from the three leads. more

Sep 27, 2017 11:02 AM Theater

bennyandjoon-21-web.jpg

Photo by Jim Cox

Benny & Joon, the 1993 cult film, was quirky and sweet. Benny & Joon, the world-premiere musical at the Old Globe Theatre directed by Jack Cummings III, is also quirky and sweet. more

Sep 20, 2017 10:14 AM Theater

WOW FESTIVAL PHOTO 2forweb.jpg

Photo by Alexandre Esteban

The return of the site-specific Without Walls (WOW) Festival this fall is exciting enough for theatergoers who’ve come to anticipate La Jolla Playhouse’s biennial extravaganza of immersive theater more

Sep 13, 2017 10:05 AM Fall Arts

WILD GOOSE DREAMS PHOTOforweb.jpg

Photo by Jim Carmody

Playwright Hansol Jung’s overly ambitious script weaves in and out of a political drama about the divided Korean Peninsula and an uneasy love story nearly swallowed up by the omnipresence of the internet. more

Sep 12, 2017 6:36 PM Theater

GammaRays_DeAnna_Abby_Rachel_01.jpg

Photo by Daren Scott

Cygnet Theatre’s production of Zindel’s play—which failed on Broadway but won the 1971 Pulitzer Prize and became a well-respected film a year later—spares none of the script’s harsh realities or cruelties. more

Sep 5, 2017 5:00 PM Theater

thenorthplan.jpg

Photo courtesy of ion Theatre

Jason Wells’ The North Plan, making its San Diego debut courtesy of ion theatre, clearly aspires to pungent political satire. more

Aug 29, 2017 5:51 PM Theater

EXPLORERS-CLUB-PHOTO-BY-KEN-JACQUES.jpg

Photo by Ken Jacques

Silliness rules in Lamb’s Players Theatre’s production of Nell Benjamin’s The Explorers Club. more

Aug 22, 2017 6:19 PM Theater

HAMLET-PHOTO.jpg

Photo by Jim Cox

The very language of Hamlet—transcendent in its exploration of human beings’ deepest and most fraught emotions—assures its resonance in any context and any iteration more

Aug 15, 2017 5:23 PM Theater

KILL-LOCAL-PHOTO.jpg

Photo by Jim Carmody

With an opening sequence that has the impact of a brick through a plate-glass window, Kill Local promises a journey into the mind of a remorseless killer who may also be a human being with deep-seated frailties. more

Aug 8, 2017 4:23 PM Theater

ROBIN-HOOD-PHOTO.jpg

Photo by Jim Cox

Like so many new comedies for the theater these days, this one is perhaps 10 to 15 minutes too long, but the merriment of this show’s merry men—and women—is contagious. more

Aug 2, 2017 11:35 AM Theater

ANIMAL-CRACKERS-PHOTO-BY-DAREN-SCOTT (1).jpg

Photo by Daren Scott

It’s supreme silliness and comic anarchy when the Marx Brothers (Groucho, Chico, Harpo and, to a lesser extent, Zeppo) are center-stage in Animal Crackers, the 1928 musical that became a beloved film two years later. more

Jul 25, 2017 9:51 PM Theater

AT-THE-OLD-PLACE-PHOTO.jpg

Photo by Jim Carmody

For all its angst emanating from central figure Angie, At the Old Place is at times frustratingly low-key. more

Jul 18, 2017 5:22 PM Theater

guysanddolls-25.jpg

Photo by Jim Cox

The dolls steal the show in the Old Globe Theatre’s gaily, boisterous production of Guys and Dolls, staged in association with Sarasota, Florida’s Asolo Repertory Theatre. more

Jul 12, 2017 11:10 AM Theater

BIG-FISH-PHOTO.jpg

Photo by John Howard

Everything about Big Fish is, well, big: The number of characters. The number of costume changes. The number of songs in the musical score. more

Jul 5, 2017 10:45 AM Theater

BUDDY HOLLY PHOTOforweb.jpg

Photo by Daren Scott

You’d have to be a puritan or a rock ‘n’ roll hater or both not to enjoy Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Alan Janes’ 1989 jukebox musical about the bespectacled music legend from Lubbock, Texas. more

Jun 27, 2017 6:12 PM Theater

kingrichard2-15-web.jpg

Photo by Jim Cox

Even without making contemporary correlations, King Richard II is cracking good political theater. more

Jun 20, 2017 3:28 PM Theater

Three years after its well-received production of Into the Woods at the Old Globe, the Fiasco players are back with an even finer offering, their adaptation of Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid. more

Jun 13, 2017 4:47 PM Theater

Gridiron ad