Reviews

FEATURE: “SOFA SHAKESPEARE”: SHELTERING AT HOME FOR BARD-LOVERS

FEATURE: “SOFA SHAKESPEARE”: SHELTERING AT HOME FOR BARD-LOVERS

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 4/7/20 RUN DATES: ongoing 2020 PRESENTER: Julia Giolzetti Shakespeare lovers, unite! If you’ve got a minute, Julia Giolzetti has something wacky and wonderful for you to do with it: Recite a few lines from a Shakespeare play, using whatever you’ve got at hand at home — props, puppets, pets, wigs, costumes, kids, etc. In other words, become a part of “Sofa Shakespeare.” It all started when the coronavirus “shelter-in-place” edict came down on March 14. At that Read More →

FEATURE: Blindspot Collective Produces ‘Radically Inclusive’ Theater Spotlighting Unheard Voices

FEATURE: Blindspot Collective Produces ‘Radically Inclusive’ Theater Spotlighting Unheard Voices

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 3/20/20 A collective is a cooperative enterprise. The 3½-year old Blindspot Collective is a nonprofit theater group that produces what they call “radically inclusive programming at the intersection of advocacy, education, and entertainment.” Their focus is “community-engaged theater that spotlights unheard voices.” They chose Blindspot for their name, says co-founder Catherine Hanna Schrock, “because our work seeks to capture the issues, people, groups and modes of theater that may not be in the center of our Read More →

FEATURE: With Fingers Crossed, San Diego Opera Makes Plans For Fall Season

FEATURE: With Fingers Crossed, San Diego Opera Makes Plans For Fall Season

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 6/15/20 In these tenuous times, it’s tough to make plans. Everything personal, political, medical and professional is seemingly ever-changing. But the San Diego Opera is undaunted, announcing a new season, beginning October 24, opening with a large, full-scale production of the beloved story of 1830 Paris bohemians, “La Bohème,” by Giacomo Puccini “We were the first opera company to have to cancel an opera due to COVID-19,” says General Director David Bennett. “Aging Magician,” Read More →

REVIEW: “GOOD TROUBLE” from Blindspot Collective

REVIEW: “GOOD TROUBLE” from Blindspot Collective

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 10/15/20 RUN DATES: 10/17/20 - 11/1/20 VENUE: Pop-up presentation from Blindspot Collective  Listen up, Gen Z: This one’s for you! Blindspot Collective is encouraging you to make “Good Trouble,” borrowing the signature phrase from the late John Lewis, revered Congressman, statesman and civil rights leader. The San Diego theater company, which prides itself on producing “radically inclusive programming at the intersection of advocacy, education and entertainment,” is presenting a world premiere pop-up audio performance. Using what’s called Read More →

FEATURE: Tough Times for San Diego Theatermakers in the Face of a Pandemic

FEATURE: Tough Times for San Diego Theatermakers in the Face of a Pandemic

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 3/20/20 They may not be sick, but they’re struggling. Theatermakers are gig workers, and with the declaration of a national emergency, and the state requiring staying at home and shuttering arts organizations, they’re definitely hurting. Most get paid by the show they’re in. Some have hourly gigs. Some are full- or part-time employees. Right now, almost all are out of work. In many cases, their insurance, if they have it, depends on their employment.  Read More →

FEATURE: The Challenges of Making Theater in San Diego when Zoom is Center Stage

FEATURE: The Challenges of Making Theater in San Diego when Zoom is Center Stage

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 5/10/20 Adaptation. Accommodation. Improvisation. Flexibility is the catchword in these crazy coronavirus times. And theatermakers are endlessly malleable. With theaters shuttered around San Diego county (and the world), local theater folk are determined to stay connected with their audiences and allow actors to keep their dramatic muscles limber. While many companies are providing Youube and Facebook performances (comical, musical and dramatic), others are trying out the novel experience of Zoom. Although Zoom has a brief Read More →