Reviews

“AMERICAN RHYTHM” at Lamb’s Players Theatre

“AMERICAN RHYTHM” at Lamb’s Players Theatre

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 6/23/16 RUN DATES:  6/13/16 - 9/25/16 VENUE: Lamb's Players Theatre   Too much – and too little. That always seems to be the problem with musical survey shows – at which Lamb’s Players Theatre excels. In the updated return of “American Rhythm: 100 Years of Amazing Music” (presented in 2000 and 2007), some songs and singers get surprisingly short shrift (just one line for Springsteen?) and others get the full-number treatment (“Stardust Melody” and “Bye Bye Blackbird,” Read More →

“THE LITTLE MERMAID” at Moonlight Stage Productions

“THE LITTLE MERMAID” at Moonlight Stage Productions

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 7/22/17 RUN DATES:  7/19/17 - 8/5/17 VENUE: Moonlight Stage Productions  If you want to get analytical/philosophical about it, the Disneyfied Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, “The Little Mermaid” (musicalized and happily-ever-aftered) is encouraging tolerance of others (“I can’t hate them,” the titular mermaid, Ariel, says of the humans she adores, “just because they’re different”). On the other (darker) hand, you could say that the show is, if not advocating, at least condoning, inter-species coupling Read More →

“THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY” at the Ahmanson Theatre

“THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY” at the Ahmanson Theatre

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 1/5/16 RUN DATES: 12/8/15 - 1/17/16 VENUE: The Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles It may have sold 50 million copies worldwide, but Robert James Waller’s “The Bridges of Madison County” was a featherweight novel of, as one critic put it, “sentimental slush.” It’s the sappy story of an Italian war bride, stuck in the vast cornfields of 1960s Iowa. One day, a photographer from National Geographic stops by to ask directions to one of the local Read More →

“WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING” at Cygnet Theatre

“WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING” at Cygnet Theatre

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 1/29/16 RUN DATES: 1/14/16 - 2/14/16 VENUE: Cygnet Theatre Some people always think the sky is falling. Even if the world doesn’t end, the future looks so bleak to them that it can’t be faced. So they check out, in one way or another – abandonment or suicide. We meet a lot of those folks – generations of them – in Andrew Bovell’s masterfully intricate drama, “When the Rain Stops Falling.” The recursive play is Read More →

“TIGER STYLE” at the La Jolla Playhouse

“TIGER STYLE” at the La Jolla Playhouse

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 9/17/16 RUN DATES: 9/6/16 - 10/2/16 VENUE: La Jolla Playhouse   It’s a big season for big cats in the theater. First, there was “The Last Tiger in Haiti” at the La Jolla Playhouse. Then, “The Lion King” at the Civic Theatre . Right after he departs, “The Lion” struts onto The Old Globe stage. And now, at the La Jolla Playhouse, we’re getting a lesson in growing up “Tiger Style!” This didactic comedy was written Read More →

“BEAU JEST” at Lamb’s Players Theatre

“BEAU JEST” at Lamb’s Players Theatre

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 1/17/17 RUN DATES: 1/6/17 - 2/12/17 VENUE: Lamb's Players Theatre   “You don’t lie to your parents!,” Sarah Goldman’s father shouts at her.  “I’ll tell you when you lie... You lie to the man who says you can’t come into his country… You lie to the man who says you can’t go to his school because you have a name that sounds funny.” Coming late in the second act of “Beau Jest (a very funny Read More →