Scripps Ranch

Translaptation at the Ranch

Funny, silly The Heir Apparent at Scripps Ranch Theatre

David Ives’ clever, silly, fun-filled farce is hitting audiences over the head with its comic shtick at Scripps Ranch Theatre. The work is a “translaptation” — translation/adaptation — from the French original by Jean-Francois Regnard. ...

The grill is very hot! The pots are very hot! Fully cook your food!

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ comes with warnings

I like a menu that comes with warnings. The menu at Gyu-Kaku has six of them. The grill is very hot! The pots are very hot! Fully cook your food! Use those tongs to prevent ...

Rivals in a deadly game of gat-and-mouse

Sleuth at Scripps Ranch Theatre offers a riddle to the audience

Scripps Ranch Theatre’s production of Sleuth is gripping from start to finish — just what murder-mystery theater should be. Set in the English country home of successful detective fiction writer Andrew Wycke, the two-act play ...

Breakfast dessert at Nutmeg Bakery

Coffee, croissant, and dulce de leche

I had one of those mid-morning hungers — too early for lunch but too close on the heels of breakfast to do that all over again. I was driving through Sabre Springs with a half-full ...

God just loves us. He can’t help himself

Membership: 35 Pastor: Mike Alcorn Age: 72 Born: Schenectady, NY Formation: San Diego Mesa College, San Diego; Frederick K.C. Price School of Ministry (Crenshaw Christian Center/Ever Increasing Faith Ministries), Los Angeles Years Ordained: 30 San ...

St. Paddy's Day's dark star

Black Irish Stout debuts at Scripps Ranch's other brewery

There’s never a shortage of fun imbibing opportunities come St. Patrick’s Day. Most involve Guinness, green beer, or whisky and car-bombs of Irish attribution. Being a beer locavore, I gravitate to March 17 celebrations involving ...

Family dramedy at sitcom speed

Scripps Ranch Theatre's Sunset Park a bit too slick but brings big laughs

Evelyn, 75, lives in the same Brooklyn apartment where she raised her children. Her best friend of over 30 years, Rose, lives across the hall. Their children care about their widowed mothers, but Evelyn’s son ...

When the wires show

Scripps Ranch Theatre's Tribute does well by the material's standard.

For all of his 51 years, Scotty Templeton has been allergic to reality. He can’t take anything seriously. Since he could never become an actual performer (because he’d have to take it seriously), he makes ...

Beware novelty on the 15

Fish basics are highlight at Mira Mesa's Kappa Sushi

Trying to decide on a sushi spot for dinner recently, I found myself facing a tough decision. There are easily five reliably good places I keep going back to, and a reputedly good couple I've ...

Rise up, fall down

Exceptional staging and direction pulls together chaotic Absurd Person Singular.

Alan Ayckbourn’s three-act “black farce” (his word for it) takes place on three consecutive Christmas Eves. Each ends up in the kitchen. Over that span of time characters flip-flop and somber shenanigans prevail. Ayckbourn needed ...

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