Reviews

“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 →

“METEOR SHOWER” at The Old Globe

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 8/26/16 RUN DATES: 7/30/16 - 9/18/16 VENUE: The Old Globe   There are several well-worn theatrical tropes in Steve Martin’s new comedy, “Meteor Shower.” The total breakdown of civil behavior, for one. Couples hellbent on messing with the minds of others. A fine line between the real and the imaginary. And the replaying of entire scenes, with different power-plays and outcomes. Oh, and you can throw in a California sensibility, equal parts New Age- and nouveau Read More →

“URINETOWN” at the OB Playhouse

“URINETOWN” at the OB Playhouse

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 2/15/17 RUN DATES:  2/2/17 - 3/12/17 VENUE:OB Playhouse “If you gotta go/ you gotta go through me,” sings Miss Pennywise, cash-collector and keeper of Amenity #9. Given the 20-year drought, private toilet facilities are unthinkable. As Pennywise (vocal powerhouse Meredith Russo) puts it, “It’s a Privilege to Pee.” A mega-corporation, Urine Good Company (UGC), controls all citizens’ excretions. And if someone can’t pay, it’s off to Urinetown… from which they never return. “Urinetown,” the Tony Read More →

“THE WHO’S TOMMY” at the OB Theatre

“THE WHO’S TOMMY” at the OB Theatre

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 4/19/17 RUN DATES:  3/31/17 - 5/7/17 VENUE: The OB Theatre   The Pinball Wizard is a musical theater wiz as well. At the OB Playhouse, a musically outstanding rendition of “The Who’s Tommy” stars a wonderfully charismatic Jon White. But you’d better catch him fast; he’s off to Seattle come fall – to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Policy at U. Wash. Our loss. He’s outstanding  in the role – a strong-voiced, natural rocker. All the Read More →

“THE LION KING” -Broadway San Diego at the Civic Theatre

“THE LION KING” -Broadway San Diego at the Civic Theatre

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 9/12/16 RUN DATES:  9/7/16 - 10/2/16 VENUE: Broadway San Diego at the Civic Theatre Whether you view it as a riff on “Hamlet” (though the show’s got that weird ick factor of the nefarious uncle pawing at his nephew’s girlfriend as his future wife, instead of his sister-in-law, as in the source material) or a prime example of Social Darwinism (assume your legacy, your rightful position in the food chain; stay in your class, Read More →

‘THE SANTALAND DIARIES” at the OB Playhouse

‘THE SANTALAND DIARIES” at the OB Playhouse

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 12/12/16 RUN DATES:  11/26/16 - 12/18/16 VENUE: The OB Playhouse How about a holiday nosh of irony and crumpet… dripping with sarcasm? Yes, that wily, smiley, acerbic Elf, Crumpet, is back – telling his tales of Christmas woe in “The Santaland Diaries,” the David Sedaris monologue that remains one of the most popular broadcasts ever aired and re-aired on NPR. James P. Darvas is perfect in the green-velvet role. He can effect the same whiney quality Read More →