Reviews

“THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE” at Cygnet Theatre

“THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE” at Cygnet Theatre

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 11/3/17 RUN DATES:  10/11/17 - 11/12/17 VENUE:  Cygnet Theatre Soon after the beginning of “The Legend of Georgia McBride,” Elvis has left the building. That is to say, Casey, an Elvis impersonator at a Florida Panhandle dive-bar, has just lost his gig, replaced by a couple of drag queens. When one of them drinks herself into a stupor, Casey agrees to wiggle into pantyhose, grab a wig, and strap on platform pumps. The show, after all, Read More →

“SCHOOL OF ROCK” at The Civic Theatre Broadway San Diego

“SCHOOL OF ROCK” at The Civic Theatre Broadway San Diego

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 6/13/18 RUN DATES: 6/12/18 - 6/17/18 VENUE:  The Civic Theatre/Broadway San Diego  The references appeal to the Boomers (Stevie Nicks, Black Sabbath, Mama Cass, AC/DC). The kids appeal to the kids (recommended for age 6 and up). And the music appeals to everyone. “School of Rock” is a rockin’ roof-rattlin’ crowd-pleaser. The spontaneous, enthusiastic standing ovation on opening night was well deserved. The musical is based on the hit 2003 film of the same name, which Read More →

“CLOUD TECTONICS” at New Village Arts

“CLOUD TECTONICS” at New Village Arts

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 2/16/18 RUN DATES: 1/26/18 - 2/25/18 VENUE: New Village Arts  The result is cataclysmic when the sun converges  withthe moon. Well, not the actual sun and moon – Celestina del Sol and Anibal de la Luna. In a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles, in the midst of the “storm of the century,” Anibal picks up a drenched, pregnant hitchhiker, and brings her home. Sparks fly. Time stops. The clocks freeze. They “watch the stars scrape across the sky.” They Read More →

“POOR YELLA REDNECKS” at South Coast Rep

“POOR YELLA REDNECKS” at South Coast Rep

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 4/9/19 RUN DATES: 3/30/19 - 4/24/19 VENUE: South Coast Rep Vietnam was a sore spot in American history. “Vietgone” was a bright spot in theater creativity. Now, along comes its sequel, “Poor Yella Rednecks,” having its world premiere at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa. Once again, the playwright (actually Qui Nguyen, but onstage, an actorly stand-in for him) introduces the piece and promises that these characters are all completely fictional. But then he goes on Read More →

“THE YEAR TO COME” at the La Jolla Playhouse

“THE YEAR TO COME” at the La Jolla Playhouse

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 12/11/18 RUN DATES:  12/4/18 - 12/30/18 VENUE:  La Jolla Playhouse There’s an M&M reference in the new play at the La Jolla Playhouse – about the candy, and the rapper, Eminem. That’s an apt metaphor for “The Year to Come.” It’s pretty sugary on the surface, but there’s a nut of truth and wisdom deep inside. It takes a while to get there, though. The world premiere starts off like a sitcom, a family gathering filled Read More →

2018 BEST OF THE YEAR IN SAN DIEGO THEATER

2018 BEST OF THE YEAR IN SAN DIEGO THEATER

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 12/26/18 Hot-button topics took center stage in 2018. From campus rape to the plight of immigrants, from racism, sexism and homophobia to the subjugation -- and self-assertion -- of women, this year has been a dramatic doozy. And, whether directly or indirectly, by name or by inference, Trump was a palpable presence, as was the collective anxiety of most of the country in the fraught year we all just survived. My Top 10 plus Read More →