Reviews

“OKLAHOMA” at New Village Arts

“OKLAHOMA” at New Village Arts

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 8/16/16 RUN DATES: 8/5/16 - 9/25/16 VENUE: New Village Arts   When it first opened in 1943, “Oklahoma” was a ground-breaker: a ‘book musical’ that integrated the songs and dances into a serious story that was about more than froth and humor. A 15-minute dream ballet (famously choreographed by Agnes DeMille) clinched its uniqueness. This first collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II earned the prolific duo a special Pulitzer Prize in 1944. These days, Read More →

“THE BLAMELESS” at The Old Globe

“THE BLAMELESS” at The Old Globe

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 3/17/17 RUN DATES:  2/23/17 - 3/26/17 VENUE: The Old Globe Playwright Nick Gandiello thinks his new work is a comedy. It isn’t. Although there are a few mildly amusing lines in his world premiere, “The Blameless,” the subject couldn’t be more serious. The Garcia family is still reeling from the murder of young Jesse a year ago. Now, on the anniversary of his death in a school shooting, they’re about to entertain the father of the Read More →

NOTES FROM THE 2017 FRINGE, PART 3

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Posted at patlauner.com on 7/2/17 RUN DATES:  6/22/17 - 7/2/17 VENUE: 24 venues in and around downtown San Diego  Saturday, the penultimate day of Fringeing, was filled with drama and comedy and immersion. The drama came with “73 SECONDS,” a poignant tribute to the seven astronauts aboard The Challenger in 1986. That was the time they had together in the Space Shuttle before it burst into flames. Through the skilled performances of Oregon actors Nathaniel Dunaway and Sarah Cotter, Read More →

  “The Importance of Being Earnest” And “Travesties”

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Pat Launer, Center Stage on KSDS JAZZ88 at Cygnet Theatre October 4, 2013 It’s a double-header and a double whammy. The pairing of a beloved comic classic, skewering Victorian society, and a head-spinning, occasionally mind-numbing disquisition on history, war, change, politics, memory and art. They overlap ingeniously, since “Travesties,” written in 1974, features lines, scenes and characters from “The Importance of Being Earnest,” created in 1895. Both playwrights were celebrated wits of their time; Read More →

“A JEWISH JOKE” at The Roustabouts

“A JEWISH JOKE” at The Roustabouts

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 3/20/18 RUN DATES: 3/14/18 - 4/8/18 VENUE: The Roustabouts at Moxie Theatre This is a perfect time for “A Jewish Joke.” Not just that we could all use a laugh these days (and there are plenty of Borscht Belt joke classics in Marni Freedman and Phil Johnson’s play). But this is a crucial time to think about standing up for your principles and doing what’s right. Silence or cowardice equal complicity. “A Jewish Joke” is set in Read More →

“HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES” at North Coast Repertory Theatre

“HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES” at North Coast Repertory Theatre

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 4/20/18 RUN DATES: 4/11/18 - 5/13/18 VENUE:  North Coast Repertory Theatre He may be England’s most prolific playwright: 82 plays and counting, over the last 60 years. He may be a knight. He may create juicy and colorful characters. But the comedies of Sir Alan Ayckbourn are rife with cynicism – especially about marriage. And despite the fact that his 1982 diversion, “How the Other Half Loves,” is as clever as his other works, it Read More →