Reviews

“KILL LOCAL” at the La Jolla Playhouse

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 8/8/17 RUN DATES:  8/1/17 - 8/27/17 VENUE: La Jolla Playhouse  It’s a small family business, established by a close-knit mother and her two daughters, after the untimely death of their beloved father. Everyone’s gotta make a living, right? Their gig is Murder for Hire. In some twisted way, they believe they’re doing what’s right (though the mother does admit to having no morality). In the end, though, what goes around comes around. I won’t say Read More →

“SOUTH PACIFIC” at San Diego Musical Theatre

“SOUTH PACIFIC” at San Diego Musical Theatre

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 5/11/18 RUN DATES: 4/27/18 - 5/27/18 VENUE:  San Diego Musical Theatre  San Diego Musical Theatre’s “South Pacific” is somewhat less than “101 pounds of fun.” Though it’s a big production -- high energy and enjoyable -- there’s virtually no dancing in what should be a dance-happy musical. Numbers like “Bloody Mary” and “There is Nothing Like a Dame” should be choreographic show-stoppers. Here, there’s only the most basic of movement throughout. The 1949 musical certainly retains Read More →

“HAMLET” at The Old Globe

“HAMLET” at The Old Globe

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 8/25/17 RUN DATES:  8/6/17 - 9/22/17 VENUE: The Old Globe For older men, the dramatic Everest is King Lear. For younger men, it’s Hamlet. Old Globe artistic director Barry Edelstein has chosen Grantham Coleman, an L.A.-based Juilliard graduate with stage and TV credits but minimal Shakespeare experience (“As You Like It” at the Public Theatre, “Romeo and Juliet” at the Actors Theatre of Louisville), to assay the tortured Danish Prince. The gamble paid off. Grantham Read More →

“IRONBOUND” at Moxie Theatre

“IRONBOUND” at Moxie Theatre

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 9/29/17 RUN DATES:  9/17/17 - 10/22/17 VENUE:  Moxie Theatre In Martyna Majok’s drama, “Ironbound” is both a location and a condition. It’s a multi-ethnic, working-class New Jersey neighborhood, and “Ironbound” also describes the predicament of the central character, Darja, who is shackled by poverty and circumstance. One half-step from homeless, she holes up at a seedy bus stop, boxed in by a chain-link fence.  The play hopscotches in time, between a hopeful, pregnant Darja and her Read More →

“A CHRISTMAS STORY” at Pickwick Players

“A CHRISTMAS STORY” at Pickwick Players

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 12/7/17 RUN DATES: 12/1/17 - 12/17/17 VENUE: Pickwick Players, Santee  It’s really cool when small theaters premiere a show before any of the Big Boys. Backyard Renaissance snagged the world premiere of the musical, “Tarrytown.” Coronado just closed the musical “Fly By Night,” and this spring, they’ll open the acclaimed speculative history, “King Charles III.” And now, Pickwick Players is presenting the musical version of the beloved 1983 movie classic, “A Christmas Story,” based on the Read More →

“THE MOORS” at Diversionary Theatre

“THE MOORS” at Diversionary Theatre

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 11/20/17 RUN DATES:  11/9/17 - 12/10/17 VENUE: Diversionary Theatre   You can practically hear Heathcliff and Cathy calling to each other across the desolate, windswept landscape. What with the ominous music, the funereal wood and wine-colored furnishings, and the fog wafting in, you get the creepy feeling that things will not end well. And of course, they don’t. “The Moors,” by Jen Silverman, is a macabre satire, conjuring (and Americanizing) those Victorian literary oddballs, the Brontës: Charlotte, Read More →