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“HAMILTON” in Puerto Rico

“HAMILTON” in Puerto Rico

Aired on KSDS-FM on 2/1/19 RUN DATES: 1/10/19 - 2/1/19 VENUE:  Centro de Bellas Artes, San Juan, Puerto Rico  When an unexpected opportunity presents itself, you just have to grab it. So, when a friend called and said she had an extra ticket to “Hamilton” – in Puerto Rico, starring Lin Manuel Miranda, I leapt at the chance. Two days later, we were in the air and on our way. Miranda, the Pulitzer Prize-winning MacArthur ‘genius’ who created the Read More →

“HAMILTON” at the Civic Theatre

“HAMILTON” at the Civic Theatre

Aired on KSDS-FM on 1/12/18 RUN DATES: 1/3/18 - 1/28/18 VENUE: Broadway San Diego at the Civic Theatre  There are few things on earth that live up to their hype. “Hamilton,” the groundbreaking, blockbuster musical, actually exceeds expectations. I was familiar with the fast-paced, word-drunk music and lyrics of the genius Lin-Manuel Miranda. But the production blew me away. It’s every bit as brilliant as the score. The costumes, stylized moves, choreography and lighting create an unforgettable experience – stunning to Read More →

2010-2020 A DECADE OF SAN DIEGO THEATER

2010-2020 A DECADE OF SAN DIEGO THEATER

Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 12/30/19 Perusing my “Best of the Year” lists over the 2010s, I noticed first how the local theater landscape had changed. Some of the most powerful and memorable productions came from theater companies that are no longer with us — most notably, tiny, spiky/spunky, risk-taking ion theater and the aptly-named Intrepid Theatre (still alive, but focused now on outreach and education, rather than producing new work). Over the course of the decade, we also Read More →

“MEL BROOKS’ THE PRODUCERS” at Moonlight Stage Productions

“MEL BROOKS’ THE PRODUCERS” at Moonlight Stage Productions

Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 6/17/19 RUN DATES: 6/12/19 - 6/29/19 VENUE: Moonlight Stage Productions You want a big, brash Broadway musical? Boy, can Moonlight Stage Productions deliver. The company opens its 39th season with a boffo, brassy, bawdy hit: “Mel Brooks’ The Producers.” Using the outrageous, ab-fab Broadway sets and costumes, and re-creating the original direction and choreography (both Tony award-winners for Susan Stroman), the production values simply can’t be beat. Larry Raben, who directs and stars, played Leo Bloom Read More →

2018 SAN DIEGO’S POLITICALLY CHARGED YEAR IN THEATER

2018 SAN DIEGO’S POLITICALLY CHARGED YEAR IN THEATER

Aired on KSDS-FM on 12/28/18 It’s not surprising that divisive politics and our collective anxiety crept or stomped their way into many theatrical productions in 2018. From overtly political work like “Building the Wall” at the Point Loma Playhouse and “King Charles III” at Coronado Playhouse, to more subtly subversive plays like “Seize the King” at La Jolla Playhouse, the state of the nation was very much on theatermakers’ minds. The first production of the year, the phenomenal Read More →

2018 BEST OF THE YEAR IN SAN DIEGO THEATER

2018 BEST OF THE YEAR IN SAN DIEGO THEATER

Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 12/26/18 Hot-button topics took center stage in 2018. From campus rape to the plight of immigrants, from racism, sexism and homophobia to the subjugation -- and self-assertion -- of women, this year has been a dramatic doozy. And, whether directly or indirectly, by name or by inference, Trump was a palpable presence, as was the collective anxiety of most of the country in the fraught year we all just survived. My Top 10 plus Read More →