San Diego Theater Reviews

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Oklahoma! at New Village Arts

Today we as a nation face the threat of international and domestic terrorism in ways we have never experienced before. It is against this backdrop — similar to the one faced on Broadway in 1943 ...

Here's to you, crabby old bitches

Avenue Q's overarching message

There’s a scene in the first act of Avenue Q (playing through August 28 at the O.B. Playhouse) where Kate Monster (Catie Marron) argues with her boss, the ancient Lavinia Thistletwat, voiced and performed by ...

Musicalization of one of the biggest disasters of all time

Titanic at Moonlight Stage

Moonlight Amphitheatre’s latest effort, Titanic, the Musical, boasts a book by Peter Stone, with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. The script attempts to move expertly between three classes of passengers, officers, and serving staff, ...

More about surfaces than depths

Gutenberg! The Musical at Backyard Renaissance

With their new musical, Doug and Bud can’t see the forest or the trees. They only see a long Broadway run, a sweep of all the awards, eternal fame, the usual... Somehow they’ve arranged a ...

At first gentlemanly

The Taming of the Shrew at InnerMission Productions

What can someone do in times of war when captured and tortured by an enemy? How long before you crack? Or before you experience Stockholm syndrome — trust and affection for your captor? Earlier in ...

End of the road, which began in California

Airline Highway at Ion Theatre

Miss Ruby, erstwhile burlesque diva and longtime resident of the Hummingbird Hotel, is dying. Instead of friends paying tribute to her coffin, Ruby wants her funeral now, while she can still appreciate them. In Lisa ...

From start to finish and backward

The Last Five Years at Ion Theatre

Like relationships in general, Jason Robert Brown’s musical The Last Five Years is about expectations — met and unmet. Jamie’s a successful Jewish writer. Wife Cathy’s a struggling actress. They describe the evolution of their ...

Last Call: Junk: The Golden Age of Debt and Free Speech (While Supplies Last)

Two performances indicating the cause and effect of where we are today

Two shows at La Jolla Playhouse must close this Sunday. Taken together, they’re practically a cause and effect of where we are today. Junk: The Golden Age of Debt. It's 1985, and Robert Merkin’s on ...

Juicy little conspiracy theory

The alignment of the recession and the advent of the iPhone

Junk: The Golden Age of Debt is currently running at the La Jolla Playhouse. The play is set in the financial situation of the mid 1980s. This is the period of Wall Street, Boiler Room, ...

Meteor Shower — this is a play by Steve Martin, after all

One night in Ojai...

Laura suffers from “Exploding Head Syndrome.” A mere soupçon of stress and — ka-bloooey!

The Golden Age of Debt takes the La Jolla Playhouse stage

Spin, euphemism, glittering generalities — ah, yes, the language of today.

David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross takes place in 1983. His desperate real estate salesmen will do anything to put their name on the board with a big sale. That would validate their worth, literally prove ...

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