Reviews

“THE LION” at The Old Globe

“THE LION” at The Old Globe

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 10/9/16 RUN DATES:  9/29/16 - 10/30/16 VENUE: The Old Globe Maybe you were wondering how The Old Globe would manage a solo musical on the White Theatre’s arena stage. I was. Would they have a turntable to rotate the performer in “The Lion,” so he could be seen from all sides? Nope. What they did was rotate the actor/singer/writer, Benjamin Scheuer, around the stage. The set (Neil Patel) comprises four chairs, six microphones and six Read More →

“ALTAR BOYZ” at Coronado Playhouse

“ALTAR BOYZ” at Coronado Playhouse

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 2/3/17 RUN DATES:  1/20/17 - 2/19/17 VENUE: Coronado Playhouse   To borrow a phrase from Public Radio’s Michael Feldman, “innuendo and out the other.” Double entendres abound in “Altar Boyz,” which spreads the Good Word by using angelic voices in devilishly clever ways. The silly, spoofy musical, which satirizes boy bands and Christian music tropes, debuted Off Broadway in 2005 and ran for five years, subsequently becoming a sensation around the world. With book by Kevin Read More →

“AT THE OLD PLACE” at the La Jolla Playhouse

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 7/14/17 RUN DATES:  7/5/17 - 7/30/17 VENUE: La Jolla Playhouse Angie hasn’t been back to her Virginia family home in some time. She’s long been estranged from her mother and brother. Now that Mom is gone, the mid-career poetry professor has come back – to sort out her life, which has taken a few unfortunate turns. She’s surprised to find two 20-somethings hanging out on the front lawn. It’s a kind of refuge, or safe space, Read More →

“FIRST DATE” at San Diego Musical Theatre

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 4/21/17 RUN DATES:  3/31/17 - 5/7/17 VENUE: San Diego Musical Theatre Surely you’ve experienced “The Awkward Pause” a time or two. And you’ve had both accurate and erroneous “First Impressions,” while you were on the prowl for “The One.” Those are all song titles in the small-cast, small-scale musical comedy, “First Date.” Anyone who’s ever been on a blind date – and who hasn’t? – will find something to relate to – from the recognition that being Read More →

“WILD GOOSE DREAMS” at the La Jolla Playhouse

“WILD GOOSE DREAMS” at the La Jolla Playhouse

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 9/15/17 RUN DATES:  9/5/17 - 10/1/17 VENUE: La Jolla Playhouse  Metaphor, fantasy and hard, cold reality collide in “Wild Goose Dreams” by Hansol Jung, a spectacular world premiere co-produced by the La Jolla Playhouse and New York’s Public Theater.  Set in Seoul, South Korea, the play begins with a fairy tale, whose moral is: If you have a choice between family and flying to Paradise … Fly!  Birds, flight and illusion are intrinsic to this magical tale. Read More →

“ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE” at the La Jolla Playhouse

“ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE” at the La Jolla Playhouse

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 6/9/17 RUN DATES:  5/9/17 - 7/9/17 VENUE: La Jolla Playhouse Like a catchy Jimmy Buffett tune, “Escape to Margaritaville” doesn’t go deep, but its laid-back vibe is infectious. You walk out smiling and singing – but the slightly spiked sugar-high soon wears off. In the manner of most jukebox musicals, this is a forced effort to wrap some sort of story around a catalogue of songs. And the book, by TV veterans Greg Garcia and Mike Read More →