Reviews

“MY MANANA COMES” – San Diego Repertory Theatre

“MY MANANA COMES” – San Diego Repertory Theatre

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PAT LAUNER, CENTER STAGE ON KSDS-FM RUN DATES: 10/1-15 - 10/25/15 VENUE: San Diego Repertory Theatre Did you ever think about what happens after your busboy disappears behind that swinging door? “My Mañana Comes” by Elizabeth Irwin, shows you the ‘back of house’ of a posh New York restaurant, where there’s the usual conflict and somewhat controlled chaos, not to mention the hopes and aspirations of the minimum wage employees, several of them illegal immigrants. There’s Peter, the African Read More →

“SWEET CHARITY” at The Welk Theatre

“SWEET CHARITY” at The Welk Theatre

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 9/9/16 RUN DATES: 9/3/16 - 11/20/16 VENUE:  The Welk Theatre It’s hard to believe the spunky 1966 musical, “Sweet Charity,” had its origins in the dark, 1957 Fellini film, “Nights of Cabiria.” But it certainly does perpetuate the old cliché of the whore with the heart of gold. Charity Hope Valentine is just looking for love, but her job as dance-hall girl with benefits doesn’t exactly land her in the most facilitative circumstances. From the men she Read More →

“OFFICE HOUR” at South Coast Repertory

“OFFICE HOUR” at South Coast Repertory

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 4/29/16 RUN DATES: 4/10/16 - 5/1/16 VENUE: South Coast Repertory Things are pretty hairy on college campuses these days – what with racist pranks, date-rape, even open-carry gun laws at some schools. In the world premiere, “Office Hour,” at South Coast Rep, playwright Julia Cho is wading into the deep, dark waters of campus terrorism  English major Dennis is scaring his creative writing teachers and fellow students. He sits at the back of the room, hunkered Read More →

“THE BOY WHO DANCED ON AIR” at Diversionary Theatre

“THE BOY WHO DANCED ON AIR” at Diversionary Theatre

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Aired at KSDS-FM on 5/20/16 RUN DATES: 5/5/16 - 6/12/16 VENUE: Diversionary Theatre There are some stories you just can’t imagine becoming musicals: but a serial killer gave us “Sweeney Todd” and Presidential murderers inspired “Assassins.” Now, along comes “The Boy Who Danced on Air,” a stomach-churning tale of the buying and abuse of young boys in Afghanistan, a long-standing tradition called Bacha Bazi, or “boy play.” The youths are dressed as girls and taught to dance for 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 →

“TOSCA” at San Diego Opera

“TOSCA” at San Diego Opera

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RUN DATES: 2/13/16 - 2/21/16 VENUE: San Diego Opera at the Civic Theatre “Tosca” has a highly dramatic pedigree. The source material, an 1887 play by French melodramatist Victorien Sardou, was written as a vehicle for tragedienne Sarah Bernhardt. The result was enormously successful, reportedly performed 3000 times. The Puccini opera (with libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa) received mixed reviews from critics at its 1900 premiere in Rome, but it has remained an audience favorite ever since. Read More →