Theater Reviews

SD Fringe: Mythos and Caffeine

Choices between being/not being and being happy

MYTHOS Astraeus Aerial Dance Theatre won a “Best of Fringe, 2015” award for their Save My Soul. They’re back at this year’s festival and are blazing once again. But, wait. Who first had the profoundly ...

Starkly real to poetically hallucinatory

Lydia at Ion Theatre BLKBOX

Two mysteries drive Octavio Solis’ family drama. The first: what caused the Floreses to implode? We know that three days before Ceci’s quinceañera (15th birthday, coming of age) she was in an auto accident. Now ...

Frogs must be kissed

San Diego International Fringe Festival #4

Can a marathon be a sprint? Instead of 26-plus miles straight on, attending the popular San Diego International Fringe Festival can resemble wanting to run in five directions at once. That’s because for 11 days ...

Soul, funk, disco flavor

Sister Act at Moonlight Amphitheatre

Sister Act has arrived at Moonlight Amphitheatre with laugh-out-loud comedy and hand-clapping music. Based on the 1992 movie of the same name, the musical is created by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner (book), Alan Menken (music), ...

Hawkish Israeli stateswoman makes funny, too

Golda's Balcony at New Village Arts

Worlds collide in Golda’s Balcony. Golda Mabovitch (Myerson), the young idealist from Milwaukee who dreams of a Jewish homeland, wrestles with Golda Meir, the hawkish Israeli stateswoman she becomes. The communal peace of the kibbutz ...

Ibsen's law

Hedda Gabler longs for swashbuckling conquest

“A man must live in his own times, but he can try to make the times worth living in.”

Retract the talons

Last Call: Stupid F**kin g Bird

Cygnet Theatre’s wacko, over the woods, and through the river Stupid Fking Bird must close this Sunday. It’s a sad comment on these times that usually when one of Anton Chekhov or Henrik Ibsen’s plays ...

Save Starlight

Weed-pulling party June 25

I first went to the Starlight Bowl in 1980 with two pieces of advice: arrive early and try to put up with the planes booming down to Lindbergh Field. I got to Balboa Park early ...

Unrest, onstage and off

Woody Guthrie's American Song at Intrepid Theatre

Blocks from the Horton Grand Theatre, home of Intrepid Theatre’s production of Woody Guthrie’s American Song, police in riot gear formed a blockade outside another Donald Trump rally. Protesters burned Trump hats. Supporters hurled insults ...

Majestic bias

Tokyo Fish Story at Old Globe Theatre

For 35 years, from morning to midnight, Koji has prepared sushi on a “dingy side-street ” in Tokyo. His may have been “the best in a generation,” in fact, and he’s done it without throwing ...

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