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A Eulogy for the San Diego Repertory Theatre

A Eulogy for the San Diego Repertory Theatre

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 6/10/22 We’ve all experienced so much loss in the last 2+ years: personal, political, and pandemic-related. We’ve become inured to a new horror every day. But on June 7, when the San Diego Repertory Theatre announced that it was suspending operations and shutting its doors, it really hit me hard. Over the 46 years of its existence (not all of which I lived in San Diego), I figure I’ve seen about 300 of its Read More →

“BOB FOSSE’S DANCIN'” at The Old Globe

“BOB FOSSE’S DANCIN'” at The Old Globe

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 5/7/22 RUN DATES: 4/19/22 - 6/5/22 VENUE:  The Old Globe The groundbreaking, revolutionary choreography of Bob Fosse (1927-1987) has always been unique and exhilarating. “Bob Fosse’s Dancin’.” the new revival of his 1978 all-dance musical production, now in a limited six-week, pre-Broadway run at The Old Globe, delivers the goods. And then some. The dancin’ is hot stuff: often sexy, steamy, sinewy. Full of Fosse signatures: the hunched shoulders, turned-in knees, white-gloved jazz-hands, canes, chairs, hats Read More →

“THE OTHER PLACE” at OnStage Playhouse

“THE OTHER PLACE” at OnStage Playhouse

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 3/29/22 RUN DATES: 3/25/22 - 4/17/22 VENUE:  OnStage Playhouse Sharr White’s 2011 one-act, “The Other Place,” is so intricately and craftily constructed, so disorienting in its mix of fact, fiction and fantasy, present and past, that you aren’t quite sure exactly what’s going on till close to the end of its fleet, perplexing 70 minutes. When we enter the theater, we see a terrifically crafted series of TV drug ads (Audio-Visual Design by Estefanía Ricalde; Read More →

“THE HOMECOMING” at North Coast Repertory Theatre

“THE HOMECOMING” at North Coast Repertory Theatre

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 3/8/22 RUN DATES:  3/2/22 -  3/27/22 VENUE:  North Coast Repertory Theatre If you don’t feel somewhat disturbed and unnerved after seeing a Harold Pinter play, you probably weren’t paying close attention. The Nobel Prize-winner (1930-2008), one of the most influential British playwrights of the modern age, reportedly wrote the play in just six weeks, in 1964. As in many of his other so-called “comedies of menace,” Pinter’s characters have, at best, slippery morality, if not outright Read More →

THE 7th ANNUAL SAN DIEGO THEATRE WEEK

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 2/28/22 RUN DATES: 3/4/22 - 3/13/22 VENUE:  Theaters throughout San Diego County Read the full review here.   ©2022 PAT LAUNER/Patté Productions, Inc. Read More →

FEATURE: THE SHOW CANNOT ALWAYS GO ON: San Diego theaters confront Omicron Surge

FEATURE: THE SHOW CANNOT ALWAYS GO ON: San Diego theaters confront Omicron Surge

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 1/16/22 Every theater company, like every individual, has to decide what’s in their best interest in these perilous pandemic times. On Broadway and Off, some theaters returned to a regular performance schedule, some reduced the number of weekly performances, some postponed, some canceled altogether, and others are participating in what’s being called ‘hibernation,’ going dark for awhile to see what happens, and perhaps opening in a different space from where they began. San Diego Read More →