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Photo courtesy of Moxie Theatre

The Kid Thing asks all of us—no matter our sense of identity, our gender or our preference—what bringing a child into an uneasy world might mean. more

Nov 29, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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Photo courtesy of ion Theatre

In these disturbing times, in which so many of us are apprehensive about the now and the soon to come, the darknesses of our collective history may be obscured, especially those that did not spring purely from war, terrorism or politics. Th... more

Nov 23, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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Photo by Jim Carmody

Sixteen-year-old Olivia, an emotionally damaged girl, resides in an imaginary world in which she communicates her alienation via a blog—her inveterate readers are her “castaways.” more

Nov 16, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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 Daren Scott

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

Nov 2, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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Photo by Shaun Hagen

Kristianne Kurner (left) and Melissa Fernandes in God of CarnagePhoto by Shaun Hagen Alan, Veronica, Michael and Annette are definitely not nice people, and that's what makes Yasmina Reza's God more

Oct 25, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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Photo by Daren Scott

August Wilson is the featured playwright in Cygnet Theatre’s annual fall rotating repertory offering. Seven Guitars and King Hedley II, both part of Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, are set 40 years apart, though they feature several of the same ... more

Oct 19, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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

Oct 12, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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Photo courtesy of ion Theatre

You don’t come across a lot of relationship dramas centered on a grandson and his grandmother. But Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles, onstage at ion theatre in Hillcrest, is just that. more

Oct 5, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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Photo by Jim Cox

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

Sep 28, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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Photo by Jim Carmody

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

Sep 21, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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Photo courtesy of North Coast Repertory Theatre

It's hard to get too jacked up about the squabbles among a privileged northeastern family. Yet that's what we're asked to do by playwright A.R. Gurney in his autobiographical The Cocktail Hour . more

Sep 13, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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Photo courtesy of Moonlight Stage Productions

Like James Cameron's Titanic movie, Peter Stone and Maury Yeston's Titanic the Musical relies on artificial drama—until the legendarily doomed ship hits that iceberg (the real star of the show). more

Aug 30, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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Photo by Jim Cox

Don’t even try to analyze why anyone does anything in Shakespeare’s scattershot comedy Love’s Labor’s Lost. Just sit back (warning you, it’s a lengthy sit), enjoy the summer night air in the Old Globe’s Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, and r... more

Aug 24, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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Photo by Jim Cox

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

Aug 17, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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Photo by Jim Carmody

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

Aug 10, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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Photo courtesy of Broadway San Diego

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

Aug 3, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

If you find yourself tapping your feet, singing along and even breaking into a grin during a performance of Ain’t Misbehavin’ , look around. You won’t be alone. more

Jul 27, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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Photo by Liz Lauren

Barbara Gaines directs a superior cast that features Megan McGinnis and Sharon Rietkerk as the Regency-era Dashwood sisters Marianne and Elinor, who if you know Austen, represent sense or sensibility when it comes to the two L words: life a... more

Jul 20, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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