Jonathan Saville

Jonathan Saville wrote theater, classical music, and art reviews for the Reader from 1972 to 2003.

Saville was a professor in the literature and then the theater department at UCSD.

Articles by Jonathan Saville

Jonathan Saville and the Reader

Whoopi Goldberg, Yosemite's Glacier Point, For Colored Girls, Godspell, the new Wild Animal Park

How Saville came to work at the Reader: In 1972, I was an associate professor in the Literature Department at UCSD. I had an office on the Muir Campus, with my door usually left open ...

La Jolla

Which La Jolla? Old La Jolla or New La Jolla? The distinction is chronological, but also a matter of attitude. You can see the contrast along a few yards of Girard Avenue, in what used ...

Reader writers tell funny stories about dead colleague, Steve Esmedina

Blubbo's world

Esmo’s phone manner was so hugger-mugger that I could be sitting four feet away and could not make out a single word. For all I could tell, he might have been laying fifty on a pony.

A Critic Looks at a Critic

Hunkered down at a typewriter next to me on Kettner Blvd.

It must have been hundreds of years ago, that time of simplicity and innocence. It was before the electronic revolution had shackled us all in front of our screens. In those days, the Reader’s writers ...

Whoopi Goldberg is back.

Bursting with the relentless energy of all human life

Her loyalty to old friends - n that, she is single and firm. Hence her return to San Diego Rep this weekend in two benefit performances for the theater that first recognized her as something special.

Jonathan Saville knows about night

The Moon God, The Thunder God, & Co.

Night? I know about Night. It was before I started to compare things, to measure things, to judge the world by reason. There the universe spoke a different language, the language of Night. I was ...

Reader writers: the story I wanted to write... but didn't

“Maybe an animal story”

Sandy and a girlfriend had gone into a liquor store, robbed the clerk, They locked the clerk in a walk-in cooler. Sandy started feeling bad about the guy. She went back and let him out.

San Francisco Opera Center

Paul Hindemith is generally thought of as one of the important twentieth-century composer, along with Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Berg, Webern. Bartok. Shostakovich, and Prokofiev. He began his career as an iconoclast, shocking audiences with his dissonances; ...