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Absurdist inquisition

The Birthday Party at New Fortune Theatre is funny, until it isn't.

When a young actor, Harold Pinter needed a place to stay at a rainy, seaside town. A man in a pub suggested a nearby boarding house, but couldn’t vouch for its cleanliness. Pinter lodged in ...

Last Call: Trouble in Mind

February 22 is the final day to catch Moxie's outstanding production of an uncompromising classic

Moxie Theatre must close its outstanding production of Trouble in Mind this Sunday, February 22. A big “what if?” hovers over Alice Childress’ 1955 backstage comedy-drama. Trouble won an Obie Award for excellence off-Broadway. Childress ...

Swallow what you mind

Trouble in Mind is fresh, funny, and urgent despite its age

Some background: Alice Childress’s Trouble in Mind won an Obie Award for best off-Broadway show in 1955. It was scheduled to move to Broadway, which would make Childress the first African-American to have a play ...

Last call for Les Miz at SDSU, Enron, Honky

Three strong shows must close by December 7 — don't miss them.

Before it begins to look a LOT like Christmas, there’s still time to catch three shows that must close Sunday. 1.) Les Miserables in Concert at SDSU. Lamb’s Players did a minimalist version of the ...

Now Try This: Frozen Custard at Bruxie

Waffle sandwich emporium provides College Area with exceptional ice cream.

SoCal waffle sandwich chain, Bruxie, has carved out its niche by stuffing lunch meats and fried chicken between slender waffles, marketing the result as, “a new take on The Sandwich.” The most popular item, fried ...

Three-ring circus

Moxie's Enron is a must-tell story that's too absurd for its own good.

Rich Kinder doesn’t appear in Laura Prebble’s satirical, three-ring circus based on the colossal collapse of Enron. From 1990 to 1996, he was President and Chief of Operations. According to Robert Bryce, author of Pipe ...

Fit for a sultan

Blown away by spunk and gusto.

"I built our own oven. Just like they have had in Beirut since forever."

Moxie witchcraft

A raucous opening night makes an all-around odd Discourse on the Wonders of the Invisible World.

Last Call: Jade Heart, Les Miserables

One excellent production closes August 10, and the other is the hottest ticket in town.

Long before I became one, a theater critic told me he saw “good productions of good plays, bad productions of bad plays, bad productions of good plays, and good productions of bad plays.” The toughest ...

Last Call: Book of Mormon, Happy Days, Mud Blue Sky

Three high quality shows must close this Sunday, June 8.

The Book of Mormon Maybe THE most hype-heavy show ever to come to the San Diego Civic lives up to all the accolades. Witten by the creators of South Park, the musical is guaranteed to ...

Survival in service

Mud Blue Sky capably explores the battle-fatigue of those who wait on others

Marisa Wegrzyn’s serio-comedy takes a behind-the-scenes look at off-duty “people persons.” The scene, done in vivid, stereotypical detail by Maria Bane, is room 208 of a, let’s be kind, modestly priced hotel next door to ...

Rolando residents fight dorm-style project

District 9 councilmember Marti Emerald declines to comment

Details on the controversial Boulevard at 63rd development, formerly known as Centrepointe Luxury Apartments, are beginning to emerge as construction proceeds and as the lawsuit filed by residents opposed to the project makes its way ...

New home for Tokyo Sushi Loha

College Area sushi emporium louder than anywhere, undeserving of wild Yelp enthusiasm.

In the College area, Tokyo Sushi Loha (recently relocated to 6502 El Cajon Boulevard) is a powerhouse. The place used to do slamming business out of strip mall, but the owners managed to finagle the ...

City sides with developers, residents, developers again

The developer wanted more bang for its buck, the city obliged — but Rolando won’t roll over

The Boulevard at 63rd development in Rolando, formerly known as Centrepoint Luxury Apartments, becomes center of controversy as developer Carmel Partners converts the project into a quasi-dormitory that was approved by the city. Rolandans fight back, saying that a proper review wasn’t carried out before construction began.

Group of Rolando residents file suit over controversial mixed-use project Centrepoint

In March, ex-mayor Bob Filner ordered a halt to construction after complaints that the project was more dormitory than apartment building.