MEN ON BOATS invites you to go on an adventure

Sometimes, in these modern times it’s easy to forget the danger there was exploring this vast country of ours.  In San Diego we cross a desert multiple times a day from the comfort of vehicles, forgetting this used to be a vast and dangerous place.  MEN IN BOATS playing at the New Village Arts through…

It’s not always good to be the king

Writing in five acts in blank verse, KING CHARLES III takes an ambitious stab at telling the future fortune of the powerful royal family.  While the play takes its historical cues for how to tell this story from Shakespeare,  it takes its entertainment cues straight from the British tabloids as it speculates on what the…

AMERICAN MARIACHI

AMERICAN MARIACHI, currently playing at the Old Globe, is a brightly engaging and sentimental play that tugs at your heartstrings.  It manages to be both intensely  personal and universal as it explores the power of music and memory, family, and circumventing traditional norms through humor and music. Set in the mid 1970’s we find Lucha…

LOVE NEVER DIES full of songs and spectacle

LOVE NEVER DIES is a sequel, and according to the creator, also able to be a standalone piece to its famous predecessor THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Playing at the San Diego Civic Theatre through Sunday, April 1st, this show is much like the Phantom at its core; it’s over dramatic, tortured, longing to be…

THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH at Diversionary is worth an E Ticket ride

THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH is a memoir about the family of playwright Philip Dawkins, as they cope with unexpected tragedy, trying to find happiness, and how the creation and magic of Disneyland mirrored informed his family history moving forward. Following this family’s pursuit of happiness in the Magic Kingdom, is a personal recount of…

Philip Dawkins talk about THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH

Philip Dawkins is a prolific, critically acclaimed playwright with plays like CHARM, THE HOMOSEXUALS, and DR. SEUSS’S THE SNEETCHES – THE MUSICAL, as well as many other works. Diversionary Theatre brings one of his most personal plays THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH, to stage through April 15th. Philip had a moment to chat about how…

The Magic of Adam Trent

Adam Trent, aka “The Futurist” from the world wide touring and Broadway hit THE ILLUSIONISTS, is a magic man on the move.  He has set out on his own tour with his show THE MAGIC OF ADAM TRENT, and he brings the next generation of immersive entertainment event that includes magic, comedy, and music perfect…

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC explores love and liaisons at Cygnet Theatre

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, now playing at Cygnet Theatre through April 22nd, is a romantic and wistful production that brings a lovely and poignant portrait to the Cygnet stage. The show opens in 19th century Sweden, and follows the tangled love lives of several couples, and the people around them. With the main focus on…

BACHELORETTE shows girls gone wild

If only what happens at the BACHELORETTE party stayed at the bachelorette party. In this play, presented by Backyard Renaissance and playing at the Diversionary Black Box Theatre through April 1st, this hilarious dark comedy is one party that won’t be forgotten anytime soon. It should be noted that this play is one in the…

Ivan Salazar brings STOMP to San Diego

STOMP, the long running hit performance piece creating music and rhythms using matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and more in front of the audience. This hit show is a mix of music, and dance to create an audience electrifying theatrical experience. Playing at the Balboa Theatre March 2nd – March 4th, one of the…

UNCLE VANYA at The Old Globe rings true in a new translation

Classics are classics because they have a resonance that lasts long after their final word has been written.  The Old Globe’s production of UNCLE VANYA, by Anton Chekhov, with a new translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky with playwright and production director Richard Nelson, is nothing short of an excellent example of letting a…

CARDBOARD PIANO a moving exploration of forgiveness and faith

THE CARDBOARD PIANO by Hansol Jung, now playing at The Diversionary Theatre through February 25th is a moving play that focuses on a fragile balance between faith and forgiveness. A play in two parts it start on New Year’s Eve 1999, as the dawn of the new millennium draws near the future looks bright for…