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When truck drivers Gorô (Tsutomu Yamazaki) and Gun (Ken Watanabe) get hungry on their way to Tokyo, they stop for a warm meal at a roadside ramen joint run by Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto). They are met with a ramshackle interior, imposing thug... more

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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

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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

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ART is smart. It’s also funny as hell, which makes braving the Gaslamp traffic to see this urbane one-act comedy well worth the effort. more

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October Sky is emblematic of wholesome dreams and can-do spirit. Every turn in the story is one you see coming, as is each allusion to reaching for the stars, but this West Coast-premiere musical is sincere and beautifully mounted. more

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With its DJ mixing transitions between scenes and its two young protagonists riffing at warp speed about cultural stereotyping, over-parenting and the plain fact that sometimes things suck, playwright Mike Lew’s Tiger Style! at La Jolla Pla... more

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Two married couples get together, with booze, and the outrageous happens. No, this isn’t Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf ? more

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You need not comprehend high finance or know what buying and selling “junk” is to be pretty much blown away by La Jolla Playhouse’s world premiere of Ayad Akhtar’s Junk: The Golden Age of Debt. more

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Beautiful is not only an entertaining musical biography of the incomparable Carole King, but a retrospective on the gifted songwriters of the ’60s. more

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Lamb’s Players Theatre’s revival of its 2000 musical American Rhythm might as well have been titled “American Marathon.” more

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A pivotal two weeks in history are dramatized in Lawrence Wright’s one-act Camp David. more

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Diversionary Theatre is winding up its 30th season with the most impressive production the University Heights company has offered in recent memory. It’s a world premiere musical (book and lyrics by Charlie Sohne, music by Tim Rosser) called... more

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Relationships are complicated enough without the moments of high drama recurring over and over, and not always in the same way. But in the “multiverse” explained by physicist Marianne, the more grating half of the two lovers in Nick Payne’s... more

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Way Downriver could have been ponderous and biblically symbolic, in the way that so many scholars view Faulkner’s original story. more

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The out-loud laughter during North Coast Repertory Theatre’s production of Now You See It doesn’t really begin until David McBean’s Shaftesbury-Phipps struts on stage. more

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The long-winded title of Lauren Gunderson’s Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight doesn’t tell you everything about this cerebral drama set in 18th century France. more

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Redoubtable performances by Robert Smyth and Deborah Gilmour Smyth, and the keen, inspired direction of Christy Yael-Cox make Intrepid Theatre Company’s production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? the first truly must-see show of the year... more

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Cygnet Theatre is staging the San Diego premiere of Bovell’s 2010 play, directed in Old Town by Rob Lutfy and featuring a seven-person ensemble (all but one playing either dual roles or younger/ older versions of their characters) that has ... more

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There’s no need to recount the story. You’ve read it or seen it, onstage, on TV or on the big screen many times before. more

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