San Diego Theater Reviews

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The Fantasticks at Scripps Ranch Theatre

The simple and timeless story of The Fantasticks, set to lilting, haunting melodies by Harvey Schmidt with book and lyrics by Tom Jones, holds the distinction of being the longest continuously running production in theatrical ...

Last Call: Disgraced at San Diego Rep

Voices you might not hear otherwise

Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2013 and is the most-produced play in America. There’s still time to see why. The San Diego Rep’s top-shelf production must close this Sunday. The ...

Verdi’s your daddy

Had the show been about three female friends it would have been brilliant.

I found myself perplexed by the way the characters analyzed every single nuance of their interactions in Interepid Theatre’s ART [run ended November 6]. As a straight white male — as are all three characters ...

Shakespeare's daughter

Equivocation at Lamb’s Players Theatre

One of the characters in Bill Cain’s Equivocation, at Lamb’s Players, is William Shagspere, aka “Shag.” He’s the Bard, with one of his names many different spellings. Another character, Judith, is Shag’s daughter. In the ...

Like a novel you can watch

Last Call: Seven Guitars and King Hedley II at Cygnet

Cygnet Theatre’s commendable achievement, staging August Wilson’s Seven Guitars and King Hedley II in repertory, must close this weekend. One of America’s finest playwrights, Wilson makes rare visits to San Diego. In this sense, Cygnet ...

Why burn happy memories?

Lately, I’ve waded into murky, nostalgic waters more than I prefer. I blame the dwindling sunlight of the waning summer, something about the way the shorter days call out the ephemeral and fleeting nature of ...

The American Dream side-slips away in Disgraced

Amir's profile

Donald Trump has no problem with racial profiling. He’d love to stop every Muslim at the border. And, hey, if the police “see somebody that’s suspicious,” he said in a speech, “they will profile. Look ...

Comedy dream team

Laughter on the 23rd Floor at North Coast Rep

In an interview many years after his legendary Your Show of Shows (1950–1954) went off the air, Sid Caesar compared his writing staff to having all the great Impressionist painters collaborating in one room: “all ...

Freedom from what?

The Lion is an optimistic triptych that has been carved by family, love, and disease.

The Lion plays at the Old Globe through October 30. I saw it on Sunday, October 16. In the finest tradition of song cycles such as Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Schubert’s Winterreise, The Lion, by Benjamin ...

Savage outside world

God of Carnage at New Village Arts

Annette Raleigh: “How many parents standing up for their children become infantile themselves?” The Raleighs and the Novaks meet to solve what seems a minor issue. Not long after these words, their skins thin out. ...

Shag and a freaky hoot

Equivocation at Lamb's Players

In Act Five, scene one, Hamlet tells the Gravedigger, “We must speak by the card, or equivocation will undo us.” “By the card” could refer to Matthew 5:37: “Let your yes be yes and your ...

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