THE ADDAMS FAMILY at Lawrence Welk

There are many signs that get people excited for fall; the Pumpkin Spice Latte becomes available, you feel the sudden urge to go apple picking in Julian, and maybe some leaves will change color.  If none of those get you excited to be in a fall mood then may I recommend the fun, spooky, and…

THE VIRGIN TRIAL

Usually, I have to wait on BBC America or Netflix for the newest installments of dark and tormented dramatic thrillers, like “Luther” or “Broadchurch”- where you never quite know who to trust or who is telling the truth.  So imagine my delight that Director Rob Lufty and his talented cast of THE VIRGIN TRIAL have…

KISS MY AZTEC!

KISS MY AZTEC! is both a title and sassy reply in this revisionist musical tale about the Aztecs, and all those uninvited Spaniards that keep arriving and offers an entertaining, and energetic spoof on Latinx history now playing at The La Jolla Playhouse. Narrated by Tolima (Maria-Christina Oliveras), a native who has the ability to…

DANCE NATION

There are few beings on the planet that can be as dreamy, demented, or determined as teenage girls.  When those teenagers belong to an elite dance troupe trying to get to Nationals you get the funny, poignant, and challenging DANCE NATION, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for best drama, playing at MOXIE Theatre through September 15th….

THE COAST STARLIGHT

Ever sat on a plane, or a train, or even in a theatre seat and wondered about the lives, choices, and stories of the strangers around you?  How your life, and theirs could be impacted by a simple action like saying “hello”?  THE COAST STARLIGHT, by Keith Bunin is making its world-premiere at The La…

AN EXPERIMENT WITH AN AIR PUMP

 AN EXPERIMENT WITH AN AIR PUMP, now playing through August 25th by Backyard Renaissance is an intriguing and thought provoking exploration on scientific discovery, the cost in the pursuit of that knowledge, and a mystery to solve. Set in a stately English home in Newcastle, where both families past and present have a healthy curiosity…

A BRIGHT NEW BOISE

A BRIGHT NEW BOISE, by Samuel D.Hunter is a dark comedy about connection, decisions made, consequences earned, and trying to find profit in retail while one employee is actively trying to summon the Prophet and praying for The Rapture.  Set in the break room of a Hobby Lobby, the play opens with manager Pauline (Holly…

ROMEO AND JULIET

ROMEO AND JULIET may be a classic, but thanks to the talented cast and creative staging the new production at The Old Globe this story has yet to grow old. Playing through September 15th this production will remind audiences of all the passion, pitfalls, and emotional mood swings of youth and first love. It is…

ALL SHOOK UP

Elvis may have left the building but that doesn’t mean his spirit doesn’t live on.  Nowhere is that more apparent than in the 1950’s fun musical ALL SHOOK UP by San Diego Musical Theatre now playing through September 1st. In this case, it’s the music of Elvis that is the biggest influence of this show-…

HOUSE OF DREAMS

Hollywood has always been a place where people flock to make their dreams come true, but usually those are dreams of film or television fame.  HOUSE OF DREAMS, making its world premiere playing at the San Diego Repertory explores the story of Gold Star Recording Studios in Hollywood whose unique sound had a lasting impact…

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

What do you get when you get Elvis Presley, Johnny Cast, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins get together for one night only in a Memphis recording studio? In real life you get history being made and in MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET by Lamb’s Players now playing at AVO Playhouse through September 1st you get a…

THE UNDERPANTS

THE UNDERPANTS, now playing at The Old Globe through September 8th, based on the 1911 comedy from Carl Sternheim, and then adapted by Steve Martin in 2008 shows how far comedy has come and how far we still have to go.  Alas, even with a charming and talented cast and the comedic pedigree of Martin…