San Diego Theater Reviews

Craig Noel Award Nominees for 2015

Ceremony to be held on Monday, February 6

Outstanding Musical Direction Kris Kukul, Kiss Me Kate, Old Globe Theatre Elan McMahan, The Music Man, Moonlight Stage Productions Elan McMahan, Big Fish, Moonlight Stage Productions Terry O’Donnell, Dogfight, Cygnet Theatre Ian Eisendrath, Come From ...

San Diego theater year in review

Practically every theater in the county produced a world premiere in 2015

Back in September I remarked that “2015 may be one of the gutsiest years ever in San Diego theater. I can’t remember so many world premieres.” The final three months kept pace. Call it the ...

Sure, Irving Berlin is the greatest...

Hershey Felder tells his story masterfully and without flinching

Hershey Felder, dubbed by critics as a “one-man cottage industry,” tackles his latest subject, Irving Berlin, with the same mix of music and lyrical historical storytelling audiences familiar with his representations of George Gershwin and ...

Killer smile and sexy Ginger

1940s Radio Hour at New Village Arts

It is December 1942. BJ Gibson, a youthful guy with a killer smile and a beautiful voice, is in love with a singer but soon must go off to war. Walton Jones’s 1940s Radio Hour ...

A Scrooge is born

“I have endeavored in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea...”

Charles Dickens wrote at top speed, in part because of gifts that didn’t seem so at the time. In his youth, he was a court stenographer. He learned the intricate Gurney system of shorthand in ...

Warriors' brotherhood center stage

A Disappearing Act not to be missed

Delia Knight’s Disappearing Act centers around Alex, a Marine struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder. As he encounters the realities of war, each time he returns on leave, he and his loved ones must try to ...

Students teach the lessons in Circle Circle dot dot’s site-specific LGBTQ+ On-Campus

"Change begins with starting a conversation"

Circle Circle dot dot’s “LGBTQ+ On-Campus” was a site-specific examination of queer life at San Diego State University. In collaboration with the university’s Pride Center, this performance was a two-hour rotating installation project inspired by ...

Viewpoints ricochet in The Cherry Orchard

Schtick abounds, unfortunately, in UCSD Theatre's take on Chekhov classic

How many plays have the rent past due, foreclosure banging down the door, a way of life on the ropes? Hundreds? Thousands? Ah, but how many display the event through countless pairs of eyes, and ...

My Acting Bucket List: Jorge Rodriguez

Versatile actor Jorge Rodriguez shares his aspirations, some of which seem destined

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 ...

The Aliens is just part-time work

Slacker tale an uneven experience at Ion Theatre

“This is important,” playwright Annie Baker writes in a note for The Aliens, “at least a third – if not half – of this play is silence. Pauses should be at least three full seconds ...

Translaptation at the Ranch

Funny, silly The Heir Apparent at Scripps Ranch Theatre

David Ives’ clever, silly, fun-filled farce is hitting audiences over the head with its comic shtick at Scripps Ranch Theatre. The work is a “translaptation” — translation/adaptation — from the French original by Jean-Francois Regnard. ...

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