Reviews

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 →

FEATURE: San Diego Theaters Preparing for When Audiences will be Ready to Come Back

FEATURE: San Diego Theaters Preparing for When Audiences will be Ready to Come Back

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 4/28/20 https://timesofsandiego.com/arts/2020/04/28/san-diego-theaters-preparing-for-when-audiences-will-be-ready-to-come-back/ The Big Question on everybody’s mind these days is: When will life return to ‘normal?’ And what will this new ‘Normal’ look like? The vibrant San Diego theater community has come together for meetings (virtual, of course) to figure out a joint plan for theaters to dip their toes in the Comeback Creek. It all started when Sean Murray, artistic director of Cygnet Theatre, sent an email to about 20 San Diego theater Read More →

FEATURE: SAN DIEGO THEATERS EMBRACE ONLINE OUTREACH TO SHELTER-IN-PLACE AUDIENCES

FEATURE: SAN DIEGO THEATERS EMBRACE ONLINE OUTREACH TO SHELTER-IN-PLACE AUDIENCES

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 3/30/20 As a theater critic who typically sees 200 live theater performances in San Diego every year, I started to have withdrawal symptoms when the pandemic shuttered all the local theater venues. Fortunately, there were many online viewing options available. BroadwayHD has tons of taped productions (I’m currently working my way through the nine parts of the highly acclaimed “Nicholas Nickleby”; “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” is next). The National Theatre of London, which usually sends Read More →