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…

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL – this hit musical takes the life and music of Carole King and weaves the songs with the triumphs and the heartbreak of her life to create a, shall we say beautiful, musical about finding success in embracing yourself and your voice. Carole Kline, as she was known before she…

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…

HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME brings Paris to Moonlight Stage

Moonlight Stage Productions invites you to spend a summer evening in 15th century Paris, with their production of HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. Who doesn’t want to go to Paris in the summer? Like the animated movie of the same name (based on the Victor Hugo novel) the show opens with a gorgeous choral opening of…

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK

Love can make many things more wonderful and magical and BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, playing at the Old Globe’s Sheryl and Harvey White theatre in the round, is a charming homage to those first heady days of marriage, and what happens when reality starts to settle in. Paul (Chris Lowell) and Corie (Kerry Bishé) are…