Theater Reviews

Frontier life shreds

Moxie Theatre's Abundance is a dime novel in reverse

In the latter half of the 19th Century, larger-than-life characters such as Paul Bunyan and Pecos Bill (for whom Slue-Foot Sue just wasn’t good enough) filled the pages of dime novels and pulp-fiction magazines. They ...

Come From Away hits Broadway

The reviews are in: from favorable to mixed to negative

The La Jolla Playhouse’s Come From Away opened last Sunday at Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th Street. The Irene Sankoff/David Hein musical tells the upbeat story of over 6700 airline passengers stranded in ...

Magic lights of Shadowlands

The story of C.S. Lewis's late-in-life romance

“For believe me, this world that seems to us so substantial is no more than the shadowlands. Real life has not begun yet.” The final line of Shadowlands’ opening monologue sets the theme for William ...

Diversionary double feature must close

Last call for Lisa Kron's Well and 2.5 Minute Ride

Diversionary Theatre’s Lisa Kron double feature must close this Sunday (March 19). Though written eight years apart (2.5 Minute Ride premiered in 1996, Well in 2004), the pieces have a common theme: how to portray ...

Implications of The Blameless

World premiere of comedy about gun violence avoids the pain

Youth and gun violence: the topic’s so unthinkable, a saint’s empathy couldn’t reach its bottomless agony. Nick Gandiello’s world premiere of The Blameless uses a multi-genre approach to the subject. But it’s several drafts and ...

Anonymous and Alpha

San Diego Rep stages Sex with Strangers

When he learns the cabin has no wi-fi, he shouts, “I can’t get online. People will think I’m dead!”

Dracula is rather a fearless fellow

My acting bucket list: Ruff Yeager

Actor, writer, director, and cofounder of the Roustabouts, a new theater company: Ruff Yeager Titus, Titus Andronicus, by William Shakespeare. “First, you need to understand that I’m not a fan of the horror genre or ...

Insalubrious karma

Lisa Kron’s Well and 2.5 Minute Ride in repertory at the Diversionary

Lisa Kron’s mother Ann has been chronically ill for decades. So why can’t she get better? Come on. Other people do. They have ailments for years then suddenly heal and move on with their lives. ...

Fear of a black-man label

Blue Door closing, but not without revelation

LAST CALL. Moxie Theatre’s excellent production of Tanya Barfield’s Blue Door must close this Sunday. It’s said Moxie is a “women-centered” theater. That’s not completely true. Here’s an exception. In Leo Tolstoy’s novella The Death ...

To the depths of the underworld in Eurydice

Time-tested myth imaginatively retold at Oceanside Theatre Company

Taking the audience on an enchanting journey from the land of the living to the depths of the underworld, Sarah Rhul’s Eurydice is the Oceanside Theatre Company’s current attraction at the Sunshine Brooks Theatre. Based ...

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