ANASTASIA

ANASTASIA, the musical is a charming mix of fairytale and history, all accented by some truly stunning costumes. This musical on memory, family, and adventure is playing at the San Diego Civic Theatre through October 6th. Anya (Lila Coogan) is Anya, an amnesiac orphan trying to make a way in the newly Bolshevik controlled Russia….

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…

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-…

MATILDA brings magic and mischief

Much like the book Matilda by Roald Dah, the musical of the same name depends upon the talents, moxie, and sass of a small girl.  Luckily, MATILDA the musical now playing at Moonlight Amphitheatre through August 3rd has a very talented lead actress named Charity Rose, along with an incredibly talented cast, to bring this…

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…

DIANA at La Jolla Playhouse

You don’t need a passport to take in the drama of the English royal family, you just need to go to the La Jolla Playhouse to see DIANA.  Extended through April 14th, you can let the musical melodrama sweep you away into a story of monarchs, marriages, and one not so happily ever after that…

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD – London Edition

Dear Jo, Can I call you Jo? J.K. Rowling just feels so formal and Jo just feels right considering I’ve been reading your books, seeing movies, and now attending your play in London written by your pen.  It’s the false closeness of social media I suppose.  Anyways Jo, here’s the thing…through HARRY POTTER AND THE…

Hershey Felder: BEETHOVEN highlights the man behind the genius

Beethoven, it’s one of those names that make music lovers sigh in appreciation and piano students vow to practice even harder. There is no doubt that his music is dynamic, complex, and captivating; not unlike the man himself it turns out. In HERSHEY FELDER: BEETHOVEN, now playing at the San Diego Repertory Theatre through March…

TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS at The Old Globe

In this age of social media when a person can be flooded with a million chattering voices, it seems that it is a rare commodity to feel truly heard. For someone to connect and listen is a potent thing. Which is what makes TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS, now playing at The Old Globe through March 17th, so…

AUBERGINE at San Diego Repertory Theatre

For some people food is more than a way to get sustenance.  It can be linked to memories, a way to share something about yourself with other people, or used to mark an occasion.   AUBERGINE, playing at San Diego Repertory Theatre through February 17th explores the bonds of love and family through food. Ray (Brian…

BEYOND BABEL

BEYOND BABEL, the new dance production from choreographers Keone and Mari and playing through December 16th is an outstanding show that everyone should see before it closes. (I am assuming you have read the first line and gone and bought tickets already, but if you need more information than please read on.) This show follows…

BULL IN A CHINA SHOP

BULL IN A CHINA SHOP, playing through October 14th at Diversionary Theatre, is a fast paced comedy that looks at the historical friendship of Mary Woolley and Jeanette Marks through a contemporary lens as they try to reform the meaning of women’s education during the height of the suffragette movement, without losing their jobs, their…