Reviews

“MURDER FOR TWO” at The Old Globe

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 2/1/15 RUN DATES: 2/1/15- 3/1/15 VENUE: The Old Globe It sounded like it was gonna be silly (and it was). Madcap (yup). Goofy and over-the-top (check, check). And yet, in spite of all this (not my favorite elements in a play or musical), “Murder for Two” is simply irresistible. It’s more than a little reminiscent of two other musicals recently seen in San Diego: “Gunmetal Blues,” currently running at North Coast Repertory Theatre, where two Read More →

“ROPE, THE MUSICAL” at Tenth Avenue Theatre

“ROPE, THE MUSICAL” at Tenth Avenue Theatre

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 3/21/16 RUN DATES: 3/17/16 -4/2/16 VENUE: Tenth Avenue Theatre Call it a midlife crisis. Or a moral quandary. But William Maledon, “The Prince of Hangmen,” is having doubts. It’s 1895, and after 90 hangings, he’s ready to hang it up, and put the past behind him. But his narcissistic, manipulative wife, Millie, is in no way ready to give up the spotlight her husband’s career affords her. Some people claim fame any way they Read More →

“THE DARK AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS” at Scripps Ranch Theatre

“THE DARK AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS” at Scripps Ranch Theatre

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 2/3/16 RUN DATES: 1/22/16 - 2/21/16 VENUE: Scripps Ranch Theatre William Inge was hot stuff in the 1950s. He had four acclaimed plays running on Broadway. He’d won a Pulitzer Prize (in 1953, for “Picnic”). But his work, which leans toward Americana melodrama, has fallen somewhat out of favor. This is perhaps most true of “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs,” which was nominated for a Best Play Tony Award in 1958 Read More →

“tokyo fish story” at The Old Globe

“tokyo fish story” at The Old Globe

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 6/10/16 RUN DATES: 5/28/16 - 6/26/16 VENUE: The Old Globe Sushi-making, like many Japanese activities – from origami to ikebana – is a matter of tradition and perfection. Ritual and ceremony.  So, Sushi Koji, formerly a highly regarded eatery, is strictly adhering to the old ways. The flip-side of Koji’s insistence on flawless convention is rigidity and inflexibility about trying anything new or changing with the times. Business is flailing and a slick new sushi place, Read More →

“1940s RADIO HOUR” – New Village Arts

“1940s RADIO HOUR” – New Village Arts

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PAT LAUNER - CENTER STAGE ON KSDS-FM   RUN DATES: 12/5/15-12/31/15 VENUE: New Village Arts On a snowy December night in New York, 1942, The Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade is about to go on the air. One singer hasn’t turned up, but the show must go on. That’s the flimsy premise of “The 1940s Radio Hour,” written by Walt Jones, former head of the UCSD Theatre Department, who directed the Broadway production in 1979. But there’s just not much there Read More →

“GREAT SCOTT” at San Diego Opera

“GREAT SCOTT” at San Diego Opera

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 5/9/16 RUN DATES: 5/7/16 - 5/15/16 VENUE: San Diego Opera There’s some serious talent and brain-trust behind the new opera, “Great Scott,” co-commissioned by the Dallas Opera (where it debuted last October) and the San Diego Opera, where it’s currently having its West coast premiere. The composer is Jake Heggie (“Moby-Dick,” “Dead Man Walking”) and the librettist/playwright is Terrence McNally (“Dead Man Walking,” the Tony Award-winning opera-themed play “Master Class,” the book to “Ragtime” and Read More →