San Diego Theater Reviews

Daring and daunting authenticity in The Last Tiger in Haiti

Haitian folklore

In French, “rester avec” sounds pleasant. It means to “stay with.” In Haiti, a “restavek” is a child from a family so poor they cannot support it. Haiti is the poorest country in the Caribbean ...

Hard-rock score

Jesus Christ Superstar at Welk Resort Theatre

The Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice rock opera may be “loosely” based on the last days of Jesus, but the Welk Resort Theatre’s dazzling JC Superstar is tight as a tourniquet. All elements cohere. All the ...

If you are afraid, do it

My acting bucket list: Kevin Hafso-Koppman

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

How is dictatorship still a thing?

Gaddafi couldn’t even trust his own food

Unless you saw it at SD Fringe, none of you reading this will see Qaddafi’s Cook, which dramatizes the life of a Mexican chef who tripped on Ayahuasca and took a job as one of ...

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 ...

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