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“THAT 24-HOUR THING” at the 2019 San Diego International Fringe Festival

“THAT 24-HOUR THING” at the 2019 San Diego International Fringe Festival

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 6/9/19 RUN DATE: 6/16/19 VENUE: San Diego Central Public Library Art takes time, we’re told. But if you had only one day to create a piece of theater art, could you do it? That’s the challenge of “That 24-Hour Thing,” the closing event of the 7th annual San Diego International Fringe Festival. The experience is stressful, nerve-racking, energizing and enervating for the participants, and pretty thrilling for the audience. It all started about a decade ago, when Read More →

“MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL” at the Welk Resort Theatre

“MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL” at the Welk Resort Theatre

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 5/24/19 RUN DATES: 3/15/19 - 6/9/19 VENUE: Welk Resort Theatre Sometimes, a good play gets a lousy production. Sometimes, the music overpowers the singers or the set overwhelms the action. And sometimes, the performances outshine everything else. Such is the case with “Menopause the Musical” at the Welk Resort Theatre. Twelve years ago, when I first saw the show, I thought the jokes and lyrics were lame, though they riffed on some great songs from Read More →

“CHAPS” at Lamb’s Players Theatre

“CHAPS” at Lamb’s Players Theatre

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 3/29/19 RUN DATES: 3/1/19 - 5/26/19 VENUE: Lamb's Players Theatre “Chaps” is full of corn and beans. The corniness involves groaner puns, and the beans give us that old male-comedy staple, fart humor. Which makes the entire cheesy endeavor more Mel Brooks than Monty Python, an advertising come-on used in Lamb’s Players Theatre’s promotional material. The only link to that wacky British group is, well, Brits. And the BBC, the setting for this hokey musical revue, Read More →

“THEY PROMISED HER THE MOON” at The Old Globe

“THEY PROMISED HER THE MOON” at The Old Globe

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 5/3/19 RUN DATES: 4/6/19 - 5/12/19 VENUE: The Old Globe There seems to be a never-ending list of women whose significant contributions were ignored, demeaned, usurped, hidden or overridden by men. Some of these trailblazers and heroines of history, who should be household names, are finally being brought out of the shadows. The latest revelations come in a provocative, informative and incisive play having its West coast premiere at The Old Globe. “They Promised Her the Moon” Read More →

“SWEAT” at the San Diego Repertory Theatre

“SWEAT” at the San Diego Repertory Theatre

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 5/10/19 RUN DATES: 4/18/19 - 5/12/19 VENUE: San Diego Repertory Theatre The American Dream is slipping away. Once upon a time, folks believed that if you worked hard, you’d earn a comfortable, middle-class life. But the middle class is eroding, and nowhere is that more evident than Reading, Pennsylvania. In 2011, the year that city was named the poorest in the country, playwright Lynn Nottage started making trips there from New York, interviewing residents to Read More →

“SISTER ACT” at San Diego Musical Theatre

“SISTER ACT” at San Diego Musical Theatre

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 5/17/19 RUN DATES: 4/26/19 - 5/26/19 VENUE: San Diego Musical Theatre You’ve got your brotherhood of gangsters and your sisterhood of nuns. And a bevy of characters straight out of central casting: the gun-shy cop and the hard-nosed Mother Superior. The jocular Monsignor and the repressed novitiate who yearns for excitement. “Sister Act” is kind of silly, and it doesn’t run deep, but it’s very entertaining. You just have to suspend all your disbelief… which Read More →