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…

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…

ROCK OF AGES is a rock n roll fairy-tale

ROCK OF AGES, now playing at the Cygnet Theatre in Old Town through August 25th, is a rock ‘n’ roll fairy-tale that wants everyone to have “nothin’ but a good time.” Set in the magical land of the 1980’s Sunset Strip in LA, there is a bar and club called the Bourbon Room which also…

Pride, Prejudice, and plenty of laughs

As surely as it is known that “it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife” It is also a universal truth that PRIDE AND PREJUDICE will be portrayed with the stiff formality of prior Austen adaptations – it’s the law. …

ANGELS IN AMERICA at Cygnet Theatre

In current popular culture, the word “epic”” has proven to be overused in a way that has leeched some of the power and awe that it would involve. However, for a play like ANGELS IN AMERICA: A GAY FANTASIA ON NATIONAL THEMES there is no other world that qualifies for this powerful and riveting show playing…

Theatre to look forward to in 2019

As this year draws to an end there are many different articles and lists about the best theatre in San Diego in 2018. This is not one of those articles.  This is a list towards the future, looking out on the horizon at the shows that are singing their irresistible sirens song. So here are…

EVERY BRILLIANT THING at Cygnet Theatre

Like every good list, it starts at the number one and moves on from there. Ice cream EVERY BRILLIANT THING, playing at Cygnet Theatre through September 16th, has a premise that seems incongruous at first.  This is an amazing, and emotional, immersive storytelling experience that explores such topics as depression and attempted suicide, but leaves…

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…

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 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…

“The Last Wife” by Kate Hennig at the Cygnet Theatre plays out as a sleek and contemporary portrait of the power and politics of love, marriage, and survival. After all, a woman who can survive marriage to Henry the Eighth is a woman who can do anything. Set in a modern and upper class dwelling,…

Cygnet’s GEORGIA MCBRIDE has hilarity and heart

At first it may seem like a strange jump for an Elvis impersonator to become a drag queen.  Yet, when you looks at the jumpsuits, the sequins, the capes, and of course a devotion to some fabulous “blue suede shoes”, it’s seems it may not be as big a jump as once imagined. THE LEGEND…