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…

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is back in San Diego

The Phantom is back at Broadway San Diego and he’s brought his famous, if slightly ominous chandelier with him! Playing through September 3rd this Cameron Mackintosh re-staging of the popular musical brings a new focus, energy, and even more spectacle to this popular tale. The Phantom (Quentin Oliver Lee) is a mysterious genius, but due…

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,…

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is the perfect summertime romantic comedy

To borrow a line from a different Shakespeare play AS YOU LIKE IT, “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool”. While the line is from a different show from the bard, it is applicable to this funny, gorgeous, and emotionally resonant production of MUCH ADO…

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…

ROMEO, ROMEO, AND JULIET

Much like the potion the Friar makes Juliet in Shakespeare’s classic, turning the world’s greatest love story (even though everyone dies), putting it in a barn on Cape Cod, and adding unresolved sexual tension is a potent mixture.  Too much of any one ingredient could cause a calamity in the storytelling (like Juliet potentially waking…

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…

Leslie Stevens talks fun, flirting, and the challenge of being Lola

Leslie Stevens is having some devilish fun playing Lola in San Diego Musical Theatre’s current production of DAMN YANKEES! As Lola, Leslie gets to dance, sing, and flirt in this musical about America’s favorite pastime. When baseball fan Joe Boyd sells his soul to the devil in order to play baseball and take his favorite…

Be the light in the darkness of everybody’s life

Generally, I write about things that are a diversion of some sort from the nuts and bolts of everyday life. I almost never delve into those three explosive topics (money, politics, or religion) unless it is a theme of a show that I have seen. But there have been a few posts in the last…

A few links to help celebrate #lovetheatreday

It is #lovetheatreday  which is a surprise to me because I honestly thought that was every day.  Maybe that’s just my preference showing?  So here are some links to some interesting interviews, videos, and a list of the San Diego theatres so you  can fall more in love with this thing we call theatre. As…