San Diego Theater Reviews

SD Fringe: Disappearing Act and The Year of the Woman

Beasts unleashed

Disappearing Act InterMission Production’s one-act play is not to be missed. The plot centers on the psychological damage of war. Alex struggles to acclimate to life at home after two deployments in Iraq. His loved ...

San Diego Fringe: Embers and I Got Guns

Outs: Through the air and via gun collecting

Embers At one point during Lighthouse Circus Theatre’s often breathtaking performance, as two women did an aerial stunt one should not try at home, the young woman next to me muttered, “Oh my g…” and ...

SD Fringe: 1918

Joy shimmers, then...visitors

Word-of-mouth moved fast for Le Moana’s amazing dance-theater piece about the outbreak of Spanish Influenza in Samoa, 1918. The Saturday afternoon show was packed. The troupe from New Zealand performs only two more times at ...

SD Fringe: Cocooned in Kazan and Letters from the Wall

Comical and real sacrifices

Cocooned in Kazan Nikolai Gogol, Russian-Ukrainian novelist and short-story writer, wrote about a young rake in 19th-century St. Petersburg. He could win his deceased mother’s wall-safe-bulging inheritance; all he has to do is mend his ...

SD Fringe: Mythos and Caffeine

Choices between being/not being and being happy

MYTHOS Astraeus Aerial Dance Theatre won a “Best of Fringe, 2015” award for their Save My Soul. They’re back at this year’s festival and are blazing once again. But, wait. Who first had the profoundly ...

Are you theater people?

A rich and tricky question. Ask it of yourselves before and after attending Matt Thompson’s The Complete History of Theatre (Abridged) at the Point Loma Playhouse. As the play’s second act finally delivers the titular ...

Starkly real to poetically hallucinatory

Lydia at Ion Theatre BLKBOX

Two mysteries drive Octavio Solis’ family drama. The first: what caused the Floreses to implode? We know that three days before Ceci’s quinceañera (15th birthday, coming of age) she was in an auto accident. Now ...

Frogs must be kissed

San Diego International Fringe Festival #4

Can a marathon be a sprint? Instead of 26-plus miles straight on, attending the popular San Diego International Fringe Festival can resemble wanting to run in five directions at once. That’s because for 11 days ...

Soul, funk, disco flavor

Sister Act at Moonlight Amphitheatre

Sister Act has arrived at Moonlight Amphitheatre with laugh-out-loud comedy and hand-clapping music. Based on the 1992 movie of the same name, the musical is created by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner (book), Alan Menken (music), ...

Hawkish Israeli stateswoman makes funny, too

Golda's Balcony at New Village Arts

Worlds collide in Golda’s Balcony. Golda Mabovitch (Myerson), the young idealist from Milwaukee who dreams of a Jewish homeland, wrestles with Golda Meir, the hawkish Israeli stateswoman she becomes. The communal peace of the kibbutz ...

Halfbaked fish

tokyo fish story at Old Globe

The Old Globe’s tokyo fish story features plenty of big themes from generational disconnection to familial nihilism to art versus commercialism to gender discrimination. The other theme is titling one’s play in all lowercase letters. ...

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