Theatre

  • ‘Truth’ takes spotlight in “The Last Tiger in Haiti’

    ‘Truth’ takes spotlight in “The Last Tiger in Haiti’

    How many of us have been wronged? Or discovered something shocking about someone we care for? Who has struggled with forgiveness? ... These are a few of the emotional elements threaded through the La Jolla Playhouse’s world premiere of “The Last Tiger in Haiti,” by Jeff Augustin, directed by Joshua...

  • Young stars share lead role in Moxie musical ‘Ruthless’

    Young stars share lead role in Moxie musical ‘Ruthless’

    Clever songs, belly laughs and old-style show-biz pizzazz abound in Moxie Theatre’s upcoming cure for the summertime blues, opening July 16. Ta-da! It’s “Ruthless! The Musical,” a campy, cult classic featuring a talented 8-year-old who would literally kill to get the lead in her school play. An...

  • Romance, inspiration in musical ‘Sense and Sensibility’

    Romance, inspiration in musical ‘Sense and Sensibility’

    For years fans of Jane Austen’s works have clamored for more. They’ve read her books over and over again. Films based on her stories, “Pride and Prejudice,” “Sense and Sensibility,” “Emma,” “Becoming Jane,” “Mansfield Park” and more, have inspired and enthralled her fan base, which continues to...

  • Whole lotta shakin’ in musical revue at North Coast Rep

    Whole lotta shakin’ in musical revue at North Coast Rep

    The foot-stomping, roof-raising “Ain’t Misbehavin – The Fats Waller Musical Show,” opens at the North Coast Repertory Theatre, July 13. It’s an award-winning musical tribute to the black musicians of the 1920s and ‘30s. Conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr., and Murray Horwitz, this production is directed...

  • Globe shines new light on easy-to-get-wrong ‘Macbeth’

    Globe shines new light on easy-to-get-wrong ‘Macbeth’

    Now playing at The Old Globe’s Festival Outdoor Theatre, Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”’ with all its horrors, tragedies, darkness, betrayal and madness, has garnered favorable reviews for the cast, direction and design. Jonathan Cake is Macbeth, a role he said he always wanted to play. “I had opportunities...

  • Folktales told in 'The Last Tiger in Haiti' at La Jolla Playhouse

    Folktales told in 'The Last Tiger in Haiti' at La Jolla Playhouse

    “A beautiful example of storytelling,” is how La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley classifies ‘The Last Tiger in Haiti,’ running June 28-July 24 in the Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre on the UC San Diego campus. Written by Jeff Augustin (“That High Lonesome Sound”) and directed by...

  • Puppeteers' 'Paper Cities' will rise again at San Diego Fringe Festival

    Puppeteers' 'Paper Cities' will rise again at San Diego Fringe Festival

    “Paper Cities” is a multimedia puppet production that’s like nothing you’ve seen before. An ongoing work-in-progress by “hybrid puppeteers” Iain Gunn and Bridget Rountree, its seventh variation was recently staged at Bread & Salt in Logan Heights. Now “Paper Cities: Variation 8” is coming to the...

  • Let’s Review! Terrific cast in new adaption of ‘Hedda Gabler’ at North Coast Repertory Theatre

    Let’s Review! Terrific cast in new adaption of ‘Hedda Gabler’ at North Coast Repertory Theatre

    Jorgen (Bruce Turk) Tesman’s Aunt Juliane (Christina Soria) enters the empty living room carrying a bouquet of flowers to celebrate her nephew’s recent wedding. The maid, Berte (Rhona Gold), converses with Juliane until Jorgen appears. There’s nothing happier than newlyweds in a cloud of happiness,...

  • Let’s Review: Tokyo Fish Story has a tall tale to tell

    Let’s Review: Tokyo Fish Story has a tall tale to tell

    “Tradition,” derived from the Latin word “tradere,” is a belief or behavior passed down within a group or society with symbolic meaning or special significance tied to origins in the past. “Tradere” means to transmit, to hand over, or to give for safekeeping, and it’s the theme running through...

  • The Old Globe Theatre tells a 'Tokyo Fish Story'

    The Old Globe Theatre tells a 'Tokyo Fish Story'

    Playwright Kimber Lee (“To the Yellow House”) said she looked inward when creating her unusual and charming “Tokyo Fish Story,” directed by May Adrales at The Old Globe through June 26. “When I was in college, my parents had a little café and it was non-stop work,” she said. “I love food and eating...

  • Let’s Review: ‘Way Downriver’ is downright incredible

    Let’s Review: ‘Way Downriver’ is downright incredible

    National disasters seem to be on the rise. Nightly newscasts feature tornadoes, typhoons, earthquakes, tsunamis, raging storms and floods. “Way Downriver,” Edward Morgan’s adaptation of William Faulkner’s play “Old Man,” is centered on one such disaster — the record-breaking great Mississippi flood...

  • ‘Toxic Avenger’ onstage at La Jolla High April 22-29

    ‘Toxic Avenger’ onstage at La Jolla High April 22-29

    A seven-foot mutant, a blind pretty librarian, corruption, pollution, and rock ‘n’ roll are the main elements of the La Jolla High School (LJHS) PG13-rated spring musical. “The Toxic Avenger” premieres 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 22 with performances at the same time on April 23, 28 and 29 in the...

  • Great Scott! Comedy, drama to join forces in new opera

    Great Scott! Comedy, drama to join forces in new opera

    How many operas can you think of that have been called “hilarious, endearing, sophisticated and profound”? Starting May 7, San Diego Opera, in partnership with the Dallas Opera, will present the West Coast premiere of one of those happy few — “Great Scott,” a thoroughly modern opera about a diva,...

  • LET’S REVIEW: Globe’s ‘Constellations’ shines bright

    LET’S REVIEW: Globe’s ‘Constellations’ shines bright

    There are many wonderful things about theatrical productions — playwrights can see their ideas, strange or common, come to life; directors can identify with the theme of a play and have a hand in its exposure; actors can stretch their talents in new directions; creative teams can come together...

  • In ‘Constellations,’ romance comes in an unusual way

    In ‘Constellations,’ romance comes in an unusual way

    Award-winning director and actor Richard Seer returns to The Old Globe to direct Nick Payne's “Constellations,” onstage through May 8. Seer has directed 13 productions at the theater in Balboa Park, including “Quartet,” “God of Carnage,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” ...

  • Let’s Review: Old Globe’s ‘Rain’ intense and gripping

    Let’s Review: Old Globe’s ‘Rain’ intense and gripping

    Bravo to the efforts and talents of composer/lyricist Michael John LaChiusa, book writer Sybille Pearson, and Old Globe artistic director Barry Edelstein for their musical interpretation of Somerset Maugham’s 1920’s short story “Rain,” onstage through May 1. The first awe-moment greets playgoers...

  • La Jolla’s Best Bets for events: March 24-31

    La Jolla’s Best Bets for events: March 24-31

    Information and Entertainment ▪ Through April 17, experience the annual epic journey of gray whales with Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. Whale watchers can enjoy daily local whale-watching cruises featuring aquarium naturalists. Daily tours leaving from San...

  • La Jolla’s Best Bets for events: March 17-24

    La Jolla’s Best Bets for events: March 17-24

    Music in the Air • Aizuri Quartet takes the Athenaeum stage 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 21 as part of the Karatz Chamber concert series with Mozart’s Quintet in A major, K. 581; Yevgeniy Sharlat RIPEFG for string quartet; and Jean Sibelius’s String Quartet in D Minor, Op. 56, “Voces intimae,” 1008...

  • La Jolla’s Best Bets for events, March 10-17

    La Jolla’s Best Bets for events, March 10-17

    Musical Offerings ▪ Athenaeum Music & Arts Library continues the Barbara and William Karatz Chamber Concert Series, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 with the Dover String Quartet at 1008 Wall St. Program includes Mozart's “Quartet in B-flat major, K. 458,” Henri Dutilleux's “Ainsi la nuit,” and Dmitri...

  • Mixed company at Symphony & Chorus concert, March 12-13

    Mixed company at Symphony & Chorus concert, March 12-13

    A multi-media concert for the senses awaits as the fourth offering in the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) 61st season, to be performed 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12 and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13 in Mandeville Auditorium on the UCSD campus. Music Director Steven Schick will conduct the orchestra...

  • Recall Lord Buckley? Comedian ‘back’ at North Coast Rep

    Recall Lord Buckley? Comedian ‘back’ at North Coast Rep

    Listen up, all you cats and kitties! If you’ve got a taste for cool, jazzy language and the music to go with it, make the scene at North Coast Repertory Theatre on March 7 or 8 for a two-nights-only performance of “His Royal Hipness Lord Buckley,” with the show’s star and creator, Jake Broder. ...

  • Let’s Review: Hilarity rocks old Feydeau farce

    Let’s Review: Hilarity rocks old Feydeau farce

    Theater patrons who like farce will definitely want to see North Coast Repertory Theatre’s premiere of “Now You See It,” a masterful work by France’s Georges Feydeau, who must have had a jolly time thinking up what kind of scandals five characters could get into. Marie-Louis (Allison Minick) is...

  • La Jolla’s Best Bets for events, Feb. 18-25

    La Jolla’s Best Bets for events, Feb. 18-25

    Concerts ▪ The Athenaeum’s jazz program continues its annual winter series of concerts in the Music Room of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, with Aaron Goldberg Trio Feb. 18 and Ralph Alessi Baida Quartet Feb. 25. Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at 1008 Wall St. Early reservations recommended....

  • North Coast fancies a farce

    North Coast fancies a farce

    ‘Now You See It’ features the foibles of love

  • Let’s Review: ‘Guards at The Taj’

    Let’s Review: ‘Guards at The Taj’

    Gruesome challenge faces two servants in Playhouse premiere

  • ‘The Last Match’ serves up life lessons at Old Globe

    ‘The Last Match’ serves up life lessons at Old Globe

    The world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s “The Last Match,” follows the competition between two tennis players. Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch (“Bethany” at The Globe 2014), the play ups the contest components through the involvement of their wives, and looks at how family and everyday life become...

  • Let’s Review: Poetry’s the star in ‘The Metromaniacs’

    Let’s Review: Poetry’s the star in ‘The Metromaniacs’

    Director Michael Kahn certainly knew what he was doing when he commissioned playwright David Ives to adapt Alexis Piron’s 17th century farce “La Métromanie” for a modern audience. The result is a laugh a minute. The very oh-so-French fun takes place in 18th-century Paris where poets are celebrated...

  • La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events, Feb. 4-11

    La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events, Feb. 4-11

    Cultural Events ▪ In honor of Black History Month, “What Happened, Miss Simone?” screens 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 (dinner 7 p.m.), at The Loft at UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive (Lyman Avenue at Myers Drive). Director Liz Garbus sensitively explores the constant state of opposition that trapped...

  • La Jolla Theatre Ensemble brings staged readings to local venues

    La Jolla Theatre Ensemble brings staged readings to local venues

    The 2016 La Jolla Theatre Ensemble season promises to bring a variety of plays to La Jolla venues for staged readings — everything from one-act plays by local writers to lesser-known plays by well-known playwrights — all the way up to Shakespeare. Ensemble co-founder and longtime theater enthusiast...

  • Let’s Review! Cygnet’s ‘Rain’ draws ovations

    Let’s Review! Cygnet’s ‘Rain’ draws ovations

    Family relationships take the spotlight in arresting new drama

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