San Diego Theater Reviews

My Fair Lady at Welk Resort Theatre

Overflowing with both cockney and British upper-class charm

With lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, My Fair Lady has frequently been called “the perfect musical.” The well-known story of the cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, may bring a “ho-hum” ...

Our Great Tchaikovsky at San Diego Rep

At odds with the Russian state-approved narrative

Hershey Felder portrays famed composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and others in Our Great Tchaikovsky. Combining a piano concert, a one-man show, and political theater, Felder creates a performance that both entertains and makes audiences think. ...

Bad Jews at Cygnet Theatre

They try to shred each other

The title screams for attention. And through most of Joshua Harmon’s 90-minute comedy/drama, two cousins scream at each other. To each, the other deserves the play’s title. Liam Haber says his cousin Daphna has a ...

New Fortune Theatre risks epic revenge with Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Scandalous discords

At the beginning of Shakespeare’s soaring tragedy, Marc Antony tells Cleopatra: “Now, for the love of Love and her soft hours, let’s not confound the time with conference harsh. There’s not a minute of our ...

My directing/choreographing bucket list: Javier Velasco

"I much prefer to just strip things down and find the humanity."

Says Javier Velasco: “Bucket list. Hmmm... At this point in my life, I would rather do new pieces I create with my collaborators, but there are some existing pieces I would love to explore.” Pajama ...

Relative hate

These kids despise each other on a visceral level...

If I were a member of the Feygenbaum/Haber extended family circle that figures so prominently in Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews, I would dread get-togethers (funereal or otherwise) at least as much as Daphna (Danielle Frimer) ...

Marjorie Prime at North Coast Rep

Mysteries of human identity explored

We try to remember…we imperceptibly edit, ruthlessly censor, select, and reshape until memories become more like myths. All of this plays in your mind and takes root during Marjorie Prime, Jordan Harrison’s quietly unsettling drama ...

Beau Jest at Lamb's Players Theatre

Comedy of manners

Bob Schroeder is an actor. Have we seen him in a movie? “That depends on where you sit.” Bob has done shows, even Fiddler. Plus, his new part-time job’s a bit like theater. He works ...

Hershey Felder's latest in a string of successful one-man shows

Tchaikovsky at San Diego Repertory Theatre

The music of Tchaikovsky has long been a favorite of everybody except the most obtuse of emotional constitution. He, along with Puccini, is the master emoter. Whereas Puccini was almost exclusively a composer of opera, ...

My acting bucket list: Ron Choularton

"Mix this in with race and professional ethics and the pot boils hot."

I’m asking actors and designers to name five dream roles/projects and say why. The answers not only reveal aspirations, they may put an idea in the minds of artistic directors and producers — even choices ...

American Hero at Different Stages

Sandwiched between a rock and a corporate place

Three recruits train for a new job. Brash Jamie’s in a custody battle for her three children; timid Sheri works the night shift at El Taco but needs a day-job, too, and sleeps at most ...

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