ROMEO AND JULIET

ROMEO AND JULIET may be a classic, but thanks to the talented cast and creative staging the new production at The Old Globe this story has yet to grow old. Playing through September 15th this production will remind audiences of all the passion, pitfalls, and emotional mood swings of youth and first love. It is…

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, the smart production by NEW MATCH COLLECTIVE is a highly entertaining version of the play highlighting the petty political battles between people whose love for power keeps them all hopelessly entwined in both love and war. Cleopatra and Antony are in love with each other, but they also both love their individual…

Jasmin Haddad directs ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA for New Match Collective

Who is more powerful than the Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt, or the mighty Roman general Mark Antony? Queens and generals are great, but it was more fun to chat with Jasmin Haddad, the director of New Match Collective’s second Shakespeare play this year ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA playing through July 21st at The Space at…

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…

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…

ROMEO AND JULIET at The Old Globe

The Capulet’s and the Montague’s might be both powerful and wealthy who answer to no one but the Prince, but sadly, even with all the power and prestige; even they can’t control headstrong teenagers.  Alas, ROMEO AND JULIET, is still relevant as ever in that regard, modern life has not found a cure for impetuous…

Globe for All ‘Twelfth Night” is traveling treat for San Diego

Shakespeare comedies are at their best when they embrace the most silly side, and the Old Globe’s Globe For All production of “Twelfth Night” takes that premise and runs with it in a delightfully entertaining way. This touring production is the fourth annual production of Globe For All, a program aimed at bringing live Shakespeare…

Murder and madness in HAMLET at the Old Globe

Shakespeare’s HAMLET is so ubiquitous that it seems amazing that there are still so many unexplored ways to present this story of revenge of the Prince of Denmark. Yet, the Old Globe brings a smart, imaginative, and powerful version to their San Diego stage that you don’t want to miss. Grantham Coleman carries the title…

RICHARD II at the The Old Globe

Power and ruling is a shifty thing – everyone thinks they know better than the current person in charge about what the people want, and knows they can be a better ruler than the current one. The currency of power is always changing hands, but it’s the how and why the power transfers that is…

San Diego Theatre highlights for 2016

One of the most frequent questions I get when I tell people that I write about theatre in San Diego is “San Diego?  Is there a lot of theatre there?” Which I think is a disservice because San Diego is one of the BEST cities for theatre, for creativity, and for thinking outside the box….

PEERLESS

On the best of days high school can be a powder keg of ambition, manipulation, and weird kids who randomly talk to you about visions while feeding their rats in their coat pocket…ok maybe not so much of that last one.  But in MOXIE Theatres PEERLESS, this teenage drama is elevated to Shakespearian levels, quite…

Lush and lyrical, LOVE’S LABOR’S LOST is a winner

Nothing is more full of drama, grandiose and misbegotten plans, and over-the-top moments than youth.  That time when life is lush and full of possibilities, and every wonderfully absurd idea or feeling is the best idea or feeling in the world.  This is what the production of LOVE’S LABOR’S LOST delivers at the Old Globe…