THE SANTALAND DIARIES

THE SANTALAND DIARIES director Anthony Methvin is a bona fide holiday season fan. Usually, that means the holiday season starts on November 1st and last through the end of the year. This year, his holiday season began much earlier thanks to directing this holiday show, playing at Diversionary Theatre through December 22nd. In between rehearsals…

EBENEZER SCROOGE’S BIG SAN DIEGO CHRISTMAS SHOW

EBENEZER SCROOGE’S BIG SAN DIEGO CHRISTMAS SHOW at The Old Globe is like the perfect serving of espresso; it is a perfectly concentrated shot of holiday fun and festivity, that leaves you full of energy and good cheer as you continue into this holiday season. Instead of a lengthy or overly sentimental and saccharine version…

AMERICAN BUFFALO

There is a certain musical cadence to a David Mamet piece; if the cast doesn’t find the right rhythm to make this hyper literate, profanity peppered dialogue flow then the story never quite comes together. Luckily, AMERICAN BUFFALO, currently playing at 10th Avenue Arts by Backyard Renaissance through December 7th is performed so well by…

CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND

Usually when parents and kids discuss music it ends in a disagreement of some sort and not in a touching and emotional understanding of the lives the parents had lived. Nor does one think of putting something like the events of the Cambodian genocide that was the Khmer Rouge with 1970’s inspired fun ,and funky…

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

The 50th anniversary national tour of the iconic rock opera JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR has landed at Broadway San Diego, where you can catch this passion play through Sunday, November 17th. Based on the original concept album, this reinvention of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR focuses on the music to give the feeling of a concert with smoke,…

Globe For All – The Winter’s Tale

The best part of Globe for All, the free tour of professional Shakespeare performances by The Old Globe, throughout San Diego County, is that one can never quite knows what to expect. This play this year, THE WINTER’S TALE proved to be no exception to inspiring delight, reflection, and a full theatrical experience to those…

James Delisco Beeks talks about JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is celebrating its 50th anniversary by going on a North American tour. James Delisco Beeks brings the iconic role of Judas to life in this reinvented version of the show that pays tribute to the concept concert album that started it all. This show, which aims to please both concert and theatre…

THE SUNSHINE BOYS

Neil Simon‘s THE SUNSHINE BOYS now playing at the North Coast Repertory Theatre about the reunion of a pair of elderly vaudeville comedians still has a few laughs but seems to have lost its shine. 11 years before the play opened Al (James Sutorius) announced to his comedic partner Willie (Lenny Wolpe) that he was…

HANDBAGGED

Behind every powerful woman, is the younger version of herself showing how she got there and what she did with that power. Or at least, this is true in the case of HANDBAGGED, now playing at the MOXIE Theatre through November 17th. Who knew that the relationship between Queen Elizabeth II and the steely Iron…

TWELFTH NIGHT

Mischief and mayhem are always a solid base for a comedy, and TWELFTH NIGHT at The Old Globe through November 10th offers plenty of laughs, with a side helping of lords and ladies looking for love that makes for a very enjoyable night at the theatre. Meanwhile, in the realm of the lords and ladies,…

Jon Steiger brings magic to SF stage as Scorpius

Jon Steiger has helped set the magical theatre experience for people at the New York HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD as an usher, but now he will be creating a different kind of magic on stage at the Curran as Scorpius in the San Francisco production of the same play. From the front of…

THE LAST FIVE YEARS at Cygnet Theatre

Love is never easy, and breakups are even harder. Yet the musical THE LAST FIVE YEARS now playing at Cygnet Theatre through November 17th has compelling performances and impressive vocals which make this musical easy to love. Jamie (Michael Louis Cusimano) and Cathy (Racquel Williams) are the couple whose relationship and seemingly opposite character directions…