San Diego Theater Reviews

Chaos of fragments

Sunday in the Park with George at Ion Theatre

For his masterpiece A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Georges Seurat chose a fairly remote island on the Seine about four and a half miles from Notre Dame Cathedral. He studied, sketched, and painted between ...

The Old Globe arrests the dead butcher Macbeth and his fiend-like queen

Evil aflame

Macbeth knows how to kill, but he has never committed murder and fears the consequences.

SD Fringe: The Test and Mysterium: A Magic Show

Challenges for academics and skeptics

The Test Katie Brady wrote this musical about “surviving college application hysteria” and says it’s best described as: “Sara Bareilles meets Stephen Schwartz,” but the Coronado resident also cites 10,000 Maniacs and Jason Mraz as ...

SD Fringe: Will You Swear Your True Love and The Heart of a Goof

Fairies and old duffers

Will You Swear Your True Love Direct from Japan, Theatre Group GUMBO’s world premiere is a comedy of crazy Japanese lovers motivated by their own quirky views on distorted love. The crazy-love spectrum in this ...

SD Fringe: T.S. Eliot: A New Musical and The Feathered Serpent

Ideas ignited

T.S. Eliot: A New Musical American National Theater’s musical is a bold, provocative assessment of one of the 20th Century’s greatest poets. The subject of T.S. Eliot’s gay sexuality, in light of his poems, is ...

SD Fringe: Recommendations for final days

Highly recommended and word-of-mouth

The San Diego International Festival closes this Sunday, July 3. Ninety-four acts (one canceled) will have performed five shows each by then. And some of the best, like Le Moana’s unforgettable 1918, about the influenza ...

SD Fringe: The Scam and Second Chances for Grace

Trust in the Word, in love with the Word

The Scam What’s the deal with the boulder in the center of Yo Mama’s Got Drama Theatre Company’s stage? That’s one of the questions a person would ask upon entering Christopher R’s theater-of-the-absurd play. Two ...

SD Fringe: Witness to Gettysburg and Ozombie bin Laden: in 3D!

Owing to havoc and sub-atomic, proto-nuclear-ish hegemony

Witness to Gettysburg Have you ever been to Gettysburg? Maybe it’s ghosts, or just how the winds swirl across empty fields. If you didn’t know that during the first three days of July 1863 nearly ...

Feminine but not feminist

We will never know if we could have had two Mozarts

Written and performed by Sylvia Milo, The Other Mozart moves chronologically through the life of Maria Anna Mozart. Nannerl and her musical abilities were oppressed by a society in which some people thought uterine bleeding ...

SD Fringe: Eleanor's Story and Baby Mama

Two one-woman shows

Eleanor’s Story: An American Girl in Hitler’s Germany Ingrid Garner based her one-woman show on her grandmother Eleanor Ramrath-Garner’s first-hand accounts about an American-born girl living in Berlin during the Nazi regime and throughout World ...

SD Fringe: Phantom of the Empire and Bin Laden: The One Man Show

Mind openers

Phantom of the Empire: Return of the Opera At last year’s Fringe Festival, Turning Tydes Theatre Company performed Les Midge: An Unexpected Journey of Hobbit Proportions — i.e., a mash-up of the musical Les Miserables ...

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