San Diego Theater Reviews

Stephen Karam’s The Humans gets tense

The setting has a way of obscuring any sort of resolution

San Diego Repertory Theatre’s production of Stephen Karam’s The Humans does a good deal of stage-setting before you even take your seat. A display by the box office provides “a behind-the scenes glimpse of the ...

Jean Genet’s The Maids baffles

Madame has been a mistress; that is all, and that is enough.

Toward the end of the Nervous Theatre’s production of Jean Genet’s The Maids — which, by the time you read this, will have departed for Seattle after a one-weekend run at the Tenth Avenue Arts ...

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Star Wars, and me

New year, (mostly) new critic

Permit me a wry grimace as I imagine theatrical legend Alec Guinness’ reaction upon learning that a theater critic’s first memory of him — of any sort of performance, really — came from Star Wars. ...

The Santaland Diaries: more tidings of comfort and joy

Making the yuletide gay at Diversionary Theatre

Last week, I mentioned the various ways that A Christmas Carol has been tweaked and updated by San Diego theaters in an effort to keep the story from getting lost in its own comfortable familiarity. ...

Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big San Diego Christmas Show: Ha! Humbug

There’s a reason it’s not called A Christmas Carol

The holiday season is a fine time for recalling the way that familiarity breeds…well, if not contempt, then comfort. If a thing sticks around long enough, it’s easy to forget the revolutionary, shocking, or even ...

Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band: more than a feeling

Keep on rockin’ in the (un)free world

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s production of Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band, currently playing at La Jolla Playhouse, opens like a low-budget rock n roll show: black stage, a few colored lights mounted on steel scaffolding, ...

Globe for All's touring Winter's Tale

El Cajon gets a taste of Shakespeare

Artistic Director Barry Edelstein’s welcome letter for the Globe For All’s production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale explains that “The Old Globe’s goal is to make theater matter to more people. We want this play, ...

The Last Five Years: an entertaining lack of intimacy

They move past one another in the heartbreaking choreography of emptiness

This is a classic tale of boy-meets-girl, boy-marries-girl, boy-cheats-on-and-divorces-girl. Not exactly the best fodder for a musical billed as a love story. So, it might help to bring in a little Aristotle here. In his ...

Noura: a non-practicing architect

Religious observance seems empty in the face of American individualism

This is a family drama that takes place in one room over the course of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The family — dad, mom, and 11-year-old son — are Iraqi immigrants living in Queens. ...

Foxfire: Appalachian lore

Not a musical, a play with music

The title, Foxfire, refers to a project started in 1966 by an English teacher in Appalachia who encouraged his students to hone their writing skills by documenting their family histories and Appalachian lore. They christened ...

Romeo and Juliet with an eighties dance party

That’s the issue with this production. The first half doesn’t match the second

This tragedy starts out looking like a big party. Fair enough. Many big parties end in tragedy. It’s a great party until somebody dies. That’s what I guess director Barry Edelstein is going for with ...