THE LORAX is a fantastical and fun fable

On the opening night of THE LORAX, when the house lights dimmed and the stage lights grew bright, the excited giggles and murmurs that flitted through the audience proved that children and adults alike were excited to see another Seuss book take onstage. While based on a more serious theme then some of his other…

SPAMALOT is silly and sidesplitting at Cygnet Theatre

Are some things in life looking really bad? Other things are making you really mad? Have a strong desire to swear and curse? True, it may seem like every news cycle brings more stress so the Cygnet Theatre in Old town invites you to “look on the bright side of life” with their wonderfully silly…

ROMEO, ROMEO, AND JULIET

Much like the potion the Friar makes Juliet in Shakespeare’s classic, turning the world’s greatest love story (even though everyone dies), putting it in a barn on Cape Cod, and adding unresolved sexual tension is a potent mixture.  Too much of any one ingredient could cause a calamity in the storytelling (like Juliet potentially waking…

THE KING AND I is “something wonderful”

As another famous musical once said “It starts at the very beginning.”  The opening sequence is proof that this is a different THE KING AND I that you may have expected from the Rogers and Hammerstein classic.  With sets, colors, and costumes setting the tone, THE KING AND I playing at the San Diego Civic…

Kate Burton is magical in THE TEMPEST

A sorceress, and sequins, and spirits – oh my! THE TEMPEST playing through July 22nd at The Old Globe Festival Theatre plays up the theatricality for a wonderful night under the stars. Prospera (Kate Burton) is the Duke of Milan, or at least she was until her brother Antonio (René Thornton Jr) conspired with the…

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…