Reviews

“PUT YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER” at La Jolla Playhouse

“PUT YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER” at La Jolla Playhouse

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Aired on KSDS-FM on 6/21/19 RUN DATES: 6/2/19 - 6/30/19 VENUE: La Jolla Playhouse Chicago-based playwright Ike Holter is playing with genre. His latest creation, “Put Your House in Order,” combines apocalyptic thriller with romantic comedy and horror tropes. While each form has its imaginative moments, the whole doesn’t really hang together, though the characters are intriguing. The piece starts with a rapturous rap – a monologue that’s so rhythmic and musical, it should be backed by beatboxing. Later, there’s Read More →

“MEL BROOKS’ THE PRODUCERS” at Moonlight Stage Productions

“MEL BROOKS’ THE PRODUCERS” at Moonlight Stage Productions

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 6/17/19 RUN DATES: 6/12/19 - 6/29/19 VENUE: Moonlight Stage Productions You want a big, brash Broadway musical? Boy, can Moonlight Stage Productions deliver. The company opens its 39th season with a boffo, brassy, bawdy hit: “Mel Brooks’ The Producers.” Using the outrageous, ab-fab Broadway sets and costumes, and re-creating the original direction and choreography (both Tony award-winners for Susan Stroman), the production values simply can’t be beat. Larry Raben, who directs and stars, played Leo Bloom Read More →

“MOVE OVER MRS. MARKHAM” at Scripps Ranch Theatre

“MOVE OVER MRS. MARKHAM” at Scripps Ranch Theatre

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 6/24/19 RUN DATES: 5/31/19 - 6/30/19 VENUE: Scripps Ranch Theatre Not everyone loves farce. It can be silly and goofy and, as required, filled with slamming doors. But when it’s done right, as at Scripps Ranch Theatre, under the crackerjack direction of Francis Gercke, it’s downright uproarious. The wild 1969 comedy, written by English actor/writers Ray Cooney and John Chapman, is set in the top-floor London flat of Mr. and Mrs. Markham. What starts out as Read More →

“SIGNIFICANT OTHER” at Diversionary Theatre

“SIGNIFICANT OTHER” at Diversionary Theatre

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Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 6/10/19 RUN DATES: 5/23/19 - 6/23/19 VENUE: Diversionary Theatre To paraphrase an old Neil Sedaka classic, “Growing up is hard to do.” That’s especially true for the current cohort of twentysomethings. Many of them still live with their parents, some well into their 30s. They expect everything – interests, friends, activities – to remain the same. Not everyone is ready to move into adulthood at the same rate and time. Jordan Berman is 27 when we Read More →

“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 →