San Diego Theater Reviews

Not so black-and-white

“Actually is about rape, but also The Title IX system which some accuse of making snap judgements.”

A friend compares history – i.e. what actually happened – to the Big Bang. He’s studied the JFK assassination for decades and says he can put three shooters in position: one in the Book Depository, ...

Trauma so intense

If she ever falls in love, her mate will die in a hundred days.

In “Hungry Heart,” Bruce Springstein sings: “We fell in love, I knew it had to end.” Wait! Hold up there, Boss. Zero to 60 and back, like that? What about love is love and not ...

Call it the Hamilton Effect

Contemporary slang and F-bombs feel too linguistically liberated

“I am a revolution!” shouts Mary Woolley in Bryna Turner’s Bull in a China Shop, based on the famous teacher, activist, and President of Mount Holyoke College. She wants to convert the college from a ...

The Heart of Rock & Roll goes flat line

“They have not only crammed the songs into a formulaic story, they have Broadway-ized the music.”

The Heart of Rock & Roll goes flat line

What is this, a rough draft?

It skips back and forth in time and parses out bits of conflicting information.

What is this, a rough draft?

Self-absorbed black hole of a tyrant

“When he comes back, will I be ready?”

Self-absorbed black hole of a tyrant

Much Ado about Nothing at the Old Globe

“I would rather hear a dog bark at a crow...”

Much Ado about Nothing at the Old Globe

Reigning from below

Instead of a heartfelt hug, Inna fires a hard right cross to Reina’s chin.

Martyna Majok’s ambitious Queens plays like a prospector who has found a giant gold nugget in the wilderness. Problem is: the prospector hasn’t a wagon big enough to carry it out, or an axe to ...

The decision resonates like few in Shakespeare

Caught between avenging “high wrongs” or choosing the “rarer action” of virtue

Prospero has every reason to be furious. When he was Duke of Milan, he was a passive ruler, one who would much rather study “white magic” than enact an edict. Then, twelve years before Shakespeare’s ...

The Squirrels has the makings

But it plays more like notes for a second draft

The ancient philosopher Epicurus said, “Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.” Scurius is the patriarch of the squirrels on his tree. He’s a Gray squirrel and lives square in ...

A mind overthrown

You could almost call the play Inside of Our Heads

During its early scenes, a play makes a kind of pact with the audience: “Here is tonight’s theatrical world.” It could be cartoony absurd or Victorian Gingerbread Age ornate. But this is default mode, how ...

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