Reviews

2010-2020 A DECADE OF SAN DIEGO THEATER

2010-2020 A DECADE OF SAN DIEGO THEATER

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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 →

FESTIVAL OF CHRISTMAS 2019 at Lamb’s Players Theatre

FESTIVAL OF CHRISTMAS 2019 at Lamb’s Players Theatre

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 12/20/19 RUN DATES:  12/5/19 - 12/29/20 VENUE: Lamb's Players Theatre For 42 years, Lamb’s Players Theatre has celebrated the season with a “Festival of Christmas.” Resident playwright Kerry Meads has written a sleigh-ful of plays, highlighting the warmth, heart, song and spirit of the holiday. There’s almost always a plan that goes horribly awry, often due to a snowstorm. Nerves are frayed, tempers explode, last-minute substitute performers save the day — and music conquers all. “It’s Christmas Read More →

2019 SAN DIEGO THEATER YEAR IN REVIEW

2019 SAN DIEGO THEATER YEAR IN REVIEW

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 12/29/19 For the country, 2019 was a year of discord and disunity. But on San Diego stages, there was a good deal of harmony and collaboration. Still, it wasn’t a very political year, theatrically speaking — at least, not in terms of current events. Some of our most incisive and memorable dramas — and even musicals — harked back to the past. The audience was left to draw their own parallels to the present. For Read More →

“EBENEZER SCROOGE’S BIG SAN DIEGO CHRISTMAS SHOW” at The Old Globe

“EBENEZER SCROOGE’S BIG SAN DIEGO CHRISTMAS SHOW” at The Old Globe

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 12/6/19 RUN DATES:  11/23/19 - 12/29/19 VENUE:  The Old Globe “A Christmas Carol” is like a Christmas tree: No matter what you hang on it, it still stands tall and strong. The beloved 1843 Dickens tale is so well-structured and robust, it can withstand just about anything — including a zillion re-settings, musical, comical and political. The latest incarnation, at the Old Globe, is the brand new “Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big San Diego Christmas Show,” by Gordon Read More →

” A CHRISTMAS STORY” at San Diego Musical Theatre

” A CHRISTMAS STORY” at San Diego Musical Theatre

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 12/13/19 RUN DATES: 11/27/19 - 12/27/19 VENUE:  San Diego Musical Theatre Adult admonitions and fear for a brother’s safety feature prominently in “A Christmas Story,” the beloved 1983 cult classic film. Don’t worry; the 2012 musical version wouldn’t dare leave out “You’ll shoot your eye out!” or “Daddy’s gonna kill Ralphie!” Of course, neither comes to pass in the story based on humorist Jean Shepard’s quirky, homespun reminiscences about his childhood in small-town Indiana. 1940 was one Read More →

“MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE” at the Ahmanson Theatre, L.A.

“MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE” at the Ahmanson Theatre, L.A.

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 1/3/20 RUN DATES: 12/3 - 1/5/20 VENUE: Ahmanson Theatre, L.A.  If the mention of “Swan Lake” calls up images of dainty ballerinas fluttering in starched white tutus — you haven’t seen “Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake.” Sir Matthew, the UK’s most popular and successful choreographer, has been creating wildly imaginative dance theater pieces for decades. And this magnum opus won acclaim around the world, including Tony Awards for both Direction and Choreography. Using the music of Tchaikovsky, Read More →