Life and love in a HUNDRED DAYS

Is there anything more exhilarating than the start of a new relationship? HUNDRED DAYS at La Jolla playhouse explores those first days of romance, anticipation, and apprehension through the personal lens and story of Abigail and Shaun Bengsons, aka The Bengsons as the duo is known. This couple, joined by the immensely talented band, Ashley…

SEIZE THE KING at La Jolla Playhouse

There are few names that instantly bring to mind a ruthless, scheming sort of greed, someone for whom there is no act too low, than the name of King Richard III of England.  In SEIZE THE KING, the new play at the La Jolla Playhouse by Will Power, Richard and his machinations are moved to…

SMOKEFALL by Backyard Renissance

SMOKEFALL, by Backyard Renaissance and playing through September 16th is a dark comedy that is looking to explore some weighty topics. The play, written by Noah Haidle, opens with a narrator character called Footnote (Brian Mackey) introducing the family, the events, and the area to the audience in a way that feels like Rod Serling…

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…

Summer at the Playhouse

The La Jolla Playhouse wants the audience to say, “I Feel Love” towards the ‘Hot Stuff” that is the new Donna Summer jukebox musical SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL.  With a long list of hit songs “On The Radio”, there is plenty of material to work with for this show (and review, but “Enough is…

Ariana DeBose brings SUMMER to San Diego in the winter

Ariana DeBose has performed in so many popular shows it may be hard to figure out where you first saw her perform.  It may have been on TV in  “So You Think You Can Dance?,”  or cheering  in BRING IT ON, creating a pivotal presence as “The Bullet” in HAMILTON, or when she stepped into…

SUPER NIGHT SHOT & the WITHOUT WALLS FESTIVAL by LJP

SUPER NIGHT SHOT starts, paradoxically, at the end, as the audience is told to wait outside of the theatre to celebrate the triumphant return of the cast.  The cast arrives to the San Diego Central Library scantily clad, with their cameras, and the audience follows them into the theatre to see what art they have…

WILD GOOSE DREAMS is a fantastical fable

WILD GOOSE DREAMS at the La Jolla Playhouse is a play that juxtaposes the familiar and the unfamiliar, the real and dreamlike. It’s a drama that is incredibly funny, it explores family dynamics by separating families, it deals with realities by augmenting it with fantastical elements, it talks about technology as a thing that connects…

Francis Jue has WILD GOOSE DREAMS at La Jolla Playhouse

Television, Broadway, Off-Broadway and regionally around the country, Obie and Lucille Lortel award winning actor Francis Jue is always looking for that next acting challenge. Having performed in everything from David Henry Hwang’s “Yellow Face”, “Pacific Overtures”, and in the Tony winning musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie” as Bun Foo, to recurring roles on TV’s “Law&…