Reviews

“THE HEIR APPARENT” – Scripps Ranch Theatre

“THE HEIR APPARENT” – Scripps Ranch Theatre

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PAT LAUNER - posted at TimesofSanDiego.com   RUN DATES: 11/13/15-12/13/15 VENUE: Scripps Ranch Theatre   David Ives, a Lit. sensation Creates a thing called ‘translaptation.’ He translates, adapts and has his way With farces that are très français. It’s maybe a blessing, maybe a curse: His translaptations appear in verse.   Scripps Ranch already sparked a fire With a knockout production of “The Liar.” Yet this later work, “The Heir Apparent,” Seems a bit more socially aberrant. For all its clever word accretions It dwells too long on body secretions. And since its Read More →

“ACCOMPLICE” at Scripps Ranch Theatre

“ACCOMPLICE” at Scripps Ranch Theatre

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 9/18/17 RUN DATES:  9/8/17 - 10/8/17 VENUE: Scripps Ranch Theatre Can red herrings be packed in as tight as sardines? They can – and they are – in Rupert Holmes’ 1989 comic thriller, “Accomplice.” The play has so many twists and turns, prepare for intellectual whiplash. Every time you think you know who’s who and who’s doing what to whom, the rug is pulled out from you and you’re thrown into a state of surprise Read More →

“bargains” At The Old Globe Playhouse

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KPBS AIRDATE: April 1, 1992 Jack Heifner's new play is no bargain.   For a lot less money, you can stay home and watch TV. "Bargains" is straight sit-com, pure and simple. The only thing missing was the commercials. And I only wished I had a remote control channel-changer.   At home, I wouldn't Read More →

“THE OUTSIDER” at North Coast Repertory Theatre

“THE OUTSIDER” at North Coast Repertory Theatre

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 2/28/20 RUN DATES:  2/19/20 - 3/15/20  Closed prematurely due to coronavirus pandemic VENUE: North Coast Repertory Theatre In these days of hyper-partisan politics, it’s refreshing to experience some non-partisan political humor. Written in the period straddling our most recent presidents, “The Outsider” has plenty that smacks of familiar debacles. But the parallels presented by actor/playwright Paul Slade Smith aren’t direct. You can put names on what you see (Sarah Palin, anyone?), or you can just Read More →

“RAGTIME” at San Diego Musical Theatre

“RAGTIME” at San Diego Musical Theatre

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RUN DATES: 2/5/16 2/21/16 VENUE: San Diego Musical Theatre “Ragtime” has one of the great opening numbers. Like “Fiddler on the Roof’s” “Tradition,” it captures, in one song, the entire essence of the musical’s milieu. The show is set in New York, 1902-1912, and in the opener, the three very disparate groups stay squarely in their own space (mostly, in this production, though not as much as they should): the privileged whites, the music-playing blacks and the huddled immigrant Read More →

“NOW OR LATER” at Diversionary Theatre

“NOW OR LATER” at Diversionary Theatre

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RUN DATES: 2/11/16 - 3/13/16 VENUE: Diversionary Theatre If you’re feeling a lack of political debate, discussion and ideology in your life, you’ll want to rush to see “Now or Later” at Diversionary Theatre Christopher Shinn’s drama is set on the eve of a Presidential election. Written in 2007, it premiered (and is set) in 2008. But in 2015, the playwright went back and tweaked the piece, updating some of the info on gay marriage. All the other issues Read More →