The SQUIRRELS are acting a little nutty

Squirrels…you see them in parks, or running around looking adorable with their fluffy tails and the cute way they eat.  But we all know, even as we may throw them scraps of food from a park bench, deep down in every squirrel lurks the heart of a vicious animal with Machiavellian tendencies, ready to fight…

THE FATHER brings a misty water colored memory

Usually the audience is in the best seats in the house, at least information wise during a play.  We are privileged to see as everything unfolds, and watching as every angle develops while we wait for the other characters to catch up.  In THE FATHER, playing at the North Coast Repertory Theatre through June 24th,…

NATIVE GARDENS

Neighbors have always been a touchy subject, which is why they make such an interesting entertainment dynamic. You can find them from sitcoms, to films, and currently on the stage of the Old Globe, playing through June 24th in NATIVE GARDENS. In a delightfully funny and energetic show, this 90-minute comedy finds the older established…

LES MISÉRABLES – the barricade boys are back in town

There are usually two reactions to an announcement that LES MISÉRABLES is back in San Diego playing through June 3rd.  Either you are someone who builds a barricade so you can sing the entire score at the top of your lungs because you want to live your best life, or you are the person telling…

AVENUE Q at New Village Arts proves puppets aren’t just for kids

Today’s review is brought to you buy the letter “F”; as in fun, fuzzy, foul mouthed puppets are fantastically funny  in AVENUE Q at New Village Arts. Through July 1st you can find puppets that are more adult and from the street than they are of the kiddie Sesame variety. In a musical that is…

Nathan Gunn’s FLYING SOLO at San Diego Repertory

It’s the throne that first catches your eye when you walk into the theatre at the San Diego Repertory Theatre to see Nathan Gunn FLYING SOLO. It technically represents a chair from a family home, but with the Scottish plaids draped over it, and the red velvet cushion on the seat it’s hard not to…

THE MADRES at MOXIE Theatre

At the beginning of THE MADRES, when Josefina  remarks that she “misses entertaining” and having a “house filled with people” one cannot help but think an unexpected visit from a priest with connections to the government, or a young man she watched grow up arriving in a military uniform accessorized with a fanatic ideology is…

THE WIND AND THE BREEZE

When you think of a play that features rap, you may be expecting a clash of over the top personalities, some witty revisionist history, or at the very least some fireworks.  Well, THE WIND AND THE BREEZE now playing at The Cygnet Theatre does offer some fireworks, but it mostly eschews the rest of the…

A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS

A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS opens bathed in a warm and rosy light, with the mountains in relief in the distance. Not unlike the desert in which this play is set, this beauty comes tinged with danger and sorrow as the details show the materials of the sun and mountains are sharp edged and jagged pieces…

BELLEVILLE at Pasadena Playhouse

If the currency of a healthy relationship is communication then Abby and Zack, the married couples in Amy Herzog’s play BELLEVILLE playing at the Pasadena Playhouse through Sunday, May 13th, will go bankrupt. The play may take place in the heart on Paris, but this show follows as this couple traverse emotions a lot less…

NOISES OFF proves that sometimes the best show is happening backstage

Sometimes, the very best show to watch in a theater is the one that happens when there is no audience around. NOISES OFF, now playing at Coronado’s Lambs Player’s through May 200th, proves this true in the farce that pokes fun while also simultaneously being a loving homage to the art of the theatre. Originally…