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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

Nov 9, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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Photo by Jim Cox

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

Apr 27, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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

Jan 27, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

This weekend at its third New Voices Festival, the Old Globe Theatre will showcase new works by promising playwrights. more

Jan 13, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

Paula Vogel’s Indecent stokes the emotional fires on multiple levels, not the least of which is sheer anger—especially about the quashing of freedom of artistic expression. more

Nov 25, 2015 12:00 AM Theater

Time travel propels Moxie Theatre’s production of Madeleine George’s The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence . more

Nov 18, 2015 12:00 AM Theater

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Eileen Bowman as Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow

She survived a cyclone in The Wizard of Oz, but Judy Garland could not survive the train wreck that was a life devastated by alcohol and drug abuse, and by the pressures of the kind of superstardom we take for granted today. more

Nov 11, 2015 12:00 AM Theater

Sometimes even the stubbornly unsentimental can be suckers for sentimentality. This is on display in Chapatti, Christian O’Reilly’s one-act play having its West Coast premiere at the North Coast Rep. more

Nov 4, 2015 12:00 AM Theater

Though not all of its choreographed, wordless love stories have a happy ending, the Old Globe's world-premiere In Your Arms is a joyous experience for the theatergoer and a triumph of artistic collaboration. more

Sep 30, 2015 12:00 AM Theater

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Photo by Daren Scott

For its inaugural production, Francis Gercke and Jessica John's Backyard Renaissance theater company chose British playwright Jez Butterworth's Parlour Song. more

Aug 26, 2015 12:00 AM Theater

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Mar 25, 2015 12:00 AM Music Feature

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