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“HOLLYWOOD” at the La Jolla Playhouse

“HOLLYWOOD” at the La Jolla Playhouse

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 5/27/16 RUN DATES: 5/10/16 - 6/12/16 VENUE: La Jolla Playhouse It’s a remarkable coincidence: two new plays at our two Tony Award-winning theaters, both based in fascinating historical fact.  One is all surface, no substance. The other is almost all substance, maybe too much, with occasional comic relief. One has no three-dimensional characters; the other is all about character. And ironically, the drama about politicians making policy is more suspenseful than the so-called noir thriller.  The Read More →

“ORDINARY DAYS” at InnerMission Productions

“ORDINARY DAYS” at InnerMission Productions

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 8/4/17 RUN DATES:  7/28/17 - 8/12/17 VENUE: InnerMission Productions According to Adam Gwon’s “Ordinary Days,” everyone should have a Big Picture in mind. It’s broader and deeper than a Master Plan. It might include the full scope of where and who you are, or will be, in X-number of years – or beyond. In the 2012 chamber musical, four characters, adrift in Manhattan, are feeling swallowed up in the melee. Among the 20-somethings, one is looking for Read More →

“THE TWENTIETH CENTURY WAY” at ion theatre

“THE TWENTIETH CENTURY WAY” at ion theatre

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 7/21/16 RUN DATES: 7/12/16 - 7/24/16 VENUE: ion theatre There’s theatrical and there’s meta-theatrical (self-referential). But what do you call meta to the max? Um, that would be “The Twentieth Century Way,” by Tom Jacobson, having a brief local premiere at ion theatre, as part of its Off-the-Radar series. As the program cover helpfully informs us, “In 1914 Long Beach, actors were hired by police officers to entrap gay men. In 2014, it was still Read More →

“TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT” at North Coast Repertory Theatre

“TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT” at North Coast Repertory Theatre

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TimesofSanDiego.com on 4/18/17 RUN DATES: 4/12/17 - 5/7/17 VENUE: North Coast Repertory Theatre What every uptight, passive, bourgeois milquetoast needs is an Auntie Mame or an Aunt Augusta to show him the finer points of the amoral, hedonistic life. Henry Pulling spent his first 50+ years in a safe, predictable existence, a banker who never ventured out of his London suburb. Then his mother died, and at the funeral, he meets his dynamic, assertive, irresistible septuagenarian Aunt Augusta, and before Read More →

“THE 1940s RADIO HOUR” at New Village Arts

“THE 1940s RADIO HOUR” at New Village Arts

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 12/23/16 RUN DATES: 12/1/16 - 12/31/16 VENUE: New Village Arts   A dab of sentimentality, a dollop of nostalgia and a heaping spoonful of humor and holiday cheer. “The 1940s Radio Hour” cooks up a bucket of warm feelings, and this year, New Village Arts has tweaked the recipe to make it even more tasty. Cast changes include nimble Kevane La’Marr Coleman, as the founder of the New York City Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade. This is their Christmas Read More →

“AN ILIAD” at New Village Arts

“AN ILIAD” at New Village Arts

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 1/11/17 RUN DATES: 1/27/17 - 2/26/17 VENUE: New Village Arts When men go off to war (waging battles men have initiated), it’s the women who stay behind, raising the children, praying and waiting, welcoming home the maimed and mentally ravaged, burying the ones who didn’t make it. So, although “An Iliad” was written by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare to be performed by a man (initially, O’Hare), it makes perfect sense, and offers heightened emotionality, Read More →