San Diego Theater Reviews

Classic tongue-in-cheekiness: 9 to 5: The Musical

Well-timed factoids and witty retorts at San Diego Music Theatre

San Diego Music Theatre works hard in 9 to 5: The Musical to highlight inequities between men and women in a 1980s workplace. Through well-timed factoids and witty retorts, this musical remake of the classic ...

Picasso at the Lapin Agile at the Old Globe Theatre

An artist and a physicist walk into a bar...

Two geniuses walk into a bar.... Sound like the setup to a joke? It is — and the jokes come fast and loose in Steve Martin’s wacky Picasso at the Lapin Agile at the Old ...

Moxie’s Blue Door confronts evil spirits

Soul family

Moxie Theatre is conjuring African-American history from Tanya Barfield’s healing nightmare Blue Door. When you enter Moxie’s intimate space, you won’t see a door or the color blue. Instead, five pale gray, diaphanous panels stretch ...

An Iliad at New Village Arts

Broomstick as spear, trench coat as armor

She enters through the loading-dock doors at New Village Arts. Behind her, cars gleam under parking-lot lights and music drifts in from a nearby nightspot. She wears a strange coffee-brown helmet and sweat-soaked military togs, ...

Freaky Friday at La Jolla Playhouse

There may be monsters under the bed after all

It may be critic-proof. Bridget Carpenter’s (book), Tom Kitt’s (music), and Brian Yorkey’s (lyrics) new musical comedy is undemanding and thoroughly predictable — even if you haven’t read Mary Rogers’s 1972 novel, seen the 1976 ...

Theater moves at human speed

Go see a show!

San Diego has an international reputation for quality theater. And far too many locals aren’t aware of it. In the past 25 years, we’ve sent at least 45 shows to Broadway. We average around two ...

In fair San Diego, we lay our scene

Shakespeare Academy aims to bring the Bard to underserved communities

The great weather. The beaches. The Navy and Marines. The zoo and SeaWorld. Bad to mediocre (and exiting) sports teams. Comic-Con. Free associations on San Diego call up these images. But, “Oh me, the gods,” ...

Congrats, thespians

San Diego Theater Critics Circle awards for 2016

The San Diego Theater Critics Circle held its 12th annual awards ceremony on February 4. Congratulations to the winners, the nominees, and the entire community of theater artists for one heck of a year. Designer ...

Good People at Scripps Ranch Theatre

In the shadow of male privilege

Fresh on the heels of women’s marches all over the world, David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People perfectly highlights the heartbreaking struggles of working-class women in the shadow of male privilege. Margaret, or Margie, a middle-aged woman ...

Margie's plight

It breaks my heart and fills me with acute dread at the prospect of walking a mile in Margie’s shoes...

One of my biggest fears in life is to wake up someday in more or less the same circumstances as Margie Walsh from David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People (now playing at Scripps Ranch Theatre through February ...

San Diego theater awareness month

Awards for it and a whole week of it in February

Craig Noel Awards A reminder: The San Diego Theater Critics Circle will hold its annual awards ceremony on Monday, February 6, at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation at 404 Euclid Street, in Lincoln Park. ...

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