FADE at MOXIE Theatre

FADE is a two person play that tackles some timely questions on balancing culture, success, and authenticity both in real life and in the La La Land known as Hollywood now playing at MOXIE Theatre through November 11th. Hollywood is the land of dreams, tv shows, palm trees and sunshine.  Lucia (Sofia Sassone) a Mexican…

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…

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…

VOYEURS DE VENUS at MOXIE Theatre

History is written, and perceived through the lenses of those that have the privilege to tell the story. VOYEURS DE VENUS, now playing at MOXIE Theatre through September 9th is a stunning and provocative show that makes the audience reflect on when exploitation has masqueraded as exploration, science and prejudice has gone hand in hand,…

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…

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 THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS

A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS opens bathed in a warm and rosy light, with the mountains in relief in the distance. Not unlike the desert in which this play is set, this beauty comes tinged with danger and sorrow as the details show the materials of the sun and mountains are sharp edged and jagged pieces…

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…

BLACK PEARL SINGS is a powerful play with music

BLACK PEARL SINGS at the San Diego Repertory Theatre, is a story of Pearl and Susannah, two women who are opposites in every way that find a path to their goals through history and music.  This production is a beautiful play that is enhanced by the songs that are woven through it. Susannah Mullally, played…