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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 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

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 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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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 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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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

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

Jul 6, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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

May 25, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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

May 18, 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

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

Apr 20, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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Photo by Jim Cox

Tantalizing as this may sound, the Globe’s musical, directed by Barry Edelstein and written by Sybille Pearson (book) and Michael John LaChiusa (music and lyrics) is preachy and fulsome. more

Apr 6, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm may have expended less energy in the ring than Kelsey Venter and Lucia Vecchio do on stage in Lamb’s Players Theatre’s production of William Gibson’s The Miracle Worker. more

Mar 23, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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

Mar 9, 2016 12:00 AM Theater

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