Reviews

“HAMILTON” in Puerto Rico

“HAMILTON” in Puerto Rico

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 2/1/19 RUN DATES: 1/10/19 - 2/1/19 VENUE:  Centro de Bellas Artes, San Juan, Puerto Rico  When an unexpected opportunity presents itself, you just have to grab it. So, when a friend called and said she had an extra ticket to “Hamilton” – in Puerto Rico, starring Lin Manuel Miranda, I leapt at the chance. Two days later, we were in the air and on our way. Miranda, the Pulitzer Prize-winning MacArthur ‘genius’ who created the Read More →

“ALADDIN” at the Civic Theatre from Broadway San Diego

“ALADDIN” at the Civic Theatre from Broadway San Diego

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 2/24/19 RUN DATES:  2/20/19 - 3/3/19 VENUE: Civic Theatre (brought by Broadway San Diego) Glitter and glitz. Sparkle and spangles. Feathers and fans. Sword-play and scimitars. Buff, bare-chested men and beautiful, belly-dancing babes. And a big, brash tap number. If spectacle is your thing, “Aladdin” is your show. The North American touring production, launched in 2017, is now at the Civic Theatre, courtesy of Broadway San Diego. It’s beyond extravagant. Spectacular, gilded, rapidly-changing sets (Bob Crowley). Seemingly Read More →

“SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE” at New Village Arts

“SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE” at New Village Arts

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 2/15/19 RUN DATES:  2/2/19 - 3/10/19 VENUE: New Village Arts Lyricist Jerry Leiber and composer Mike Stoller wrote some funny, rockin’ and poignant pop songs, with 70 chart hits in the ‘50s and ‘60s. They had a major impact on early rock & roll, bringing R&B and boogie-woogie into the mix. Some of their songs, like “On Broadway,” “Stand By Me,” and “I’m a Woman,” have become classics, but some just sound silly today, like Read More →

“ALL IN THE TIMING” at North Coast Repertory Theatre

“ALL IN THE TIMING” at North Coast Repertory Theatre

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 4/19/19 RUN DATES: 4/10/19 - 5/5/19 VENUE: North Coast Repertory Theatre In theater, it’s said that “Timing is everything.” Or, as acclaimed playwright David Ives put it in his title, it’s “All in the Timing.” To prove the point, North Coast Repertory Theatre artistic director David Ellenstein has assembled a crackerjack cast of comic virtuosos. In the late 1980s, Ives began to create a series of playlets that go together as a sextet, enacted by a Read More →

“AS YOU LIKE IT” at The Old Globe

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[caption id="attachment_12295" align="alignnone" width="120"] Meredith Garretson as Ganymede, Nikki Massoud as Celia, and Jon Orsini as Orlando in As You Like It, by William Shakespeare, directed by Jessica Stone, running June 16 – July 21, 2019 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.[/caption] Aired on KSDS-FM on 7/5/19 RUN DATES: 6/16/19 - 7/21/19 VENUE: The Old Globe The giant, gilt-edged Fragonard painting sets the stage. But the colossal trees tell the story of “As You Like It” at Read More →

“ANOTHER ROLL OF THE DICE” at North Coast Repertory Theatre

“ANOTHER ROLL OF THE DICE” at North Coast Repertory Theatre

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 7/23/19 RUN DATES: 7/10/19 - 8/11/19 VENUE: North Coast Repertory Theatre You can call them dames or dolls or molls, or even judys. And for every doll, there’s a guy (aka thugs, gamblers, grifters, skunks, lunks, punks, thieves and philanderers). They’re all denizens of Runyanland, the colorful underworld of 1930s/’40s New York created by journalist/short story writer Damon Runyon (1880-1946). Dese guys was canonized in the show many call ‘the perfect musical’:  1950’s “Guys and Read More →