San Diego Theater Reviews

Finally ... some intellectual rigor!

Sense and Sensibility need not try

“I find Haydn’s music to be too formulaic.” “Ah, but he is the father of the string quartet.” This brief exchange between Marianne and Willoughby in the Old Globe’s Sense and Sensibility sealed the deal. ...

Love’s Labor’s Lost in the towering eucalypti of the Old Globe’s festival stage

Talk the talk

The Old Globe’s got a charmer on its outdoor stage. Director Kathleen Marshall, scenic designer John Lee Beatty, Peter Golub’s original music, and a uniformly fine cast turn Shakespeare’s Love’s Labor’s Lost into a Greenbelt ...

Last call: Gypsy at Cygnet Theatre

Okay, break the fourth wall

One of the year’s best shows must end its run this Sunday. Cygnet’s Gypsy is a “must see.” And if you haven’t yet, well... “Sing out, Louise!” begins one of the most famous entrances in ...

No 16-piece orchestra necessary

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 ...

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