Theatre

  • 6th-grader loves her role in 'Miracle on 34th Street'

    6th-grader loves her role in 'Miracle on 34th Street'

    For many people, the 1947 film “Miracle on 34th Street,” has maintained its popularity throughout the decades. Luckily for those who remember it (and those who have never seen it), the San Diego Musical Theatre’s version is onstage through Dec. 24 at the Horton Grand Theatre. Julia Van Skike, a...

  • La Jollan adds role in 'White Christmas' to her list of performances

    La Jollan adds role in 'White Christmas' to her list of performances

    Claire Scheper said she began taking voice lessons about five years ago because she loved to sing, but never dreamed that would lead to performing on stage. “I never expected to be in musical theater,” she said. “As soon as my voice teacher, Karyn Overstreet, sent me to my first audition, I fell...

  • 2 Greens, 7 Films + 1 Rock Band kick off ArtPower’s Filmatic Series

    2 Greens, 7 Films + 1 Rock Band kick off ArtPower’s Filmatic Series

    Sam Green and Brent Green are not related, but they’re both filmmakers, each known for creating multimedia performances that combine inventive cinema with storytelling and music. And both were onstage for “Live Cinema” Nov. 9 at UCSD’s Qualcomm Institute, narrating their films while a band provided...

  • La Jolla High School welcomes drama teacher Stacey Allen

    La Jolla High School welcomes drama teacher Stacey Allen

    Under the leadership of new drama teacher Stacey Allen, plays at La Jolla High School this year will be a little more intimate. That’s not to say there won’t be a big musical (it’s “Little Shop of Horrors” this year), but to get into the raw nature of acting, several productions will be pared down....

  • Master’s students stage a stylish ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’ at The Old Globe

    Master’s students stage a stylish ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’ at The Old Globe

    The Old Globe Theatre continues to captivate audiences with its brilliant executions of Shakespeare’s classics, bringing in top talent to star and direct. Now through Nov. 20, you can see another fine example in “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” directed by Richard Seer with first- and second-year...

  • Let’s Review: ‘Arrival’ premiere wows UCSD sci-fi fans

    Let’s Review: ‘Arrival’ premiere wows UCSD sci-fi fans

    There was excitement in the air on Nov. 7 at Atkinson Auditorium in the Qualcomm Institute at UC San Diego for the world premiere of the science fiction film, “Arrival,” released in theaters Nov. 11. The sold-out crowd was anxious to find their seats. Paramount Pictures, which owns the rights to...

  • Christmas in Whoville: Old Globe skillfully stages annual classic

    Christmas in Whoville: Old Globe skillfully stages annual classic

    The Conrad Prebys Theatre Center Plaza in front of The Old Globe in Balboa Park is a beautiful, fun reminder of the upcoming holiday season. The lights, and especially the very tall Grinch Tree, is a delight for all ages. Watching families take pictures in front of it and seeing children’s smiles...

  • Old Globe Theater takes Shakespeare on the road again with 'Measure For Measure'

    Old Globe Theater takes Shakespeare on the road again with 'Measure For Measure'

    After two successful years with the traveling Globe For All performances, the program returns for a third year with Shakespeare’s “Measure For Measure,” on tour around San Diego County with free performances through Nov. 20. Directing this year is Patricia McGregor making her Globe debut. “I am...

  • Strong voices carry new Playhouse musical 'Miss You Like Hell'

    Strong voices carry new Playhouse musical 'Miss You Like Hell'

    It’s always exciting when a world-premiere arrives in San Diego. Music fans will be even more excited as the world-premiere of “Miss You Like Hell” at La Jolla Playhouse through Dec. 4, features book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize-winner Quiara Alegría Hudes (“In the Heights,” “Water by the Spoonful”),...

  • La Jolla High School to stage ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’

    The first La Jolla High School drama department presentation of the year is “The Diary of Anne Frank,” on stage 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5, and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 and 7 p.m. Thursday Nov. 10 at Parker Auditorium, 750 Nautilus St. It is also the first production under the...

  • IDEAS performance blends dance, dreams, technology at UCSD

    IDEAS performance blends dance, dreams, technology at UCSD

    Everyone knows: good ideas can make great things happen. In 2013, UC San Diego’s Qualcomm Institute initiated the IDEAS program to encourage faculty and students in visual arts, music, theater and dance to take advantage of the Institute’s advanced audio-visual capabilities in staging their works....

  • Let's Review: Neil Simon writes what he knows and he knows comedy writers

    Let's Review: Neil Simon writes what he knows and he knows comedy writers

    The North Coast Repertory Theater in Solana Beach has graced its stage with many hilarious comedies. Neil Simon’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” directed by Tom Markus, may just be the best ever.  The story takes place in the writers’ room of television’s “Your Show Of Shows” (with homage to Sid...

  • Rockin’ road trip musical premieres at La Jolla Playhouse

    Rockin’ road trip musical premieres at La Jolla Playhouse

    “Miss you like hell”— I’d never heard that expression before seeing the workshop version of this La Jolla Playhouse-commissioned play in February. Now, thanks to Google, I find it’s been used in several recent songs and a long-ago letter from Edna St. Vincent Millay. In fact, the Millay quote —...

  • Theater ace talks Broadway at Jewish Book Fair

    Theater ace talks Broadway at Jewish Book Fair

    Jack Viertel knows his way around the theater. He is senior vice president of Jujamcym Theaters, which owns and operates five Broadway theaters. His body of work includes being a theater critic, an arts editor for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, a dramaturg for the Mark Taper Forum, and a decade...

  • 'The Lion' offers paws for musical reflection at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego

    'The Lion' offers paws for musical reflection at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego

    THEATER REVIEW: It may sound a little different — an entire play about a guy singing and playing, not one, but six guitars. Still, the rousing applause at the end of "The Lion" on opening night at The Old Globe, conveyed that not only is this an exciting show, but that Benjamin Scheuer's real life...

  • Prized musical memoir 'The Lion' opens at The Old Globe

    Prized musical memoir 'The Lion' opens at The Old Globe

    Now playing at The Old Globe Theatre is the Drama Desk Award-winning musical, "The Lion," written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer, who said he knew he wanted to make music all his life. "It seemed like the most natural thing in the world for me," Scheuer said in an interview with La Jolla Light....

  • Review: 'October Sky' is a sensational production

    Review: 'October Sky' is a sensational production

    A 1950s mining town comes to the stage in The Old Globe Theatre’s West Coast premiere of the musical “October Sky,” inspired by the 1999 Universal Pictures film based on a true story. Rachel Rockwell, director and choreographer, worked with composer/lyricist Michael Mahler to create this absorbing...

  • 'Peerless' production shines at Moxie Theatre

    'Peerless' production shines at Moxie Theatre

    Once again, for Moxie Theatre, less is more. Last month, Moxie closed its 11th season with a super-successful run of “Ruthless,” a campy musical about a grade-school girl who will stop at nothing to get the lead in her school play. Now Moxie starts its 12th season with the aptly-named “peerless,”...

  • La Jolla Playhouse dedicates ‘Molli and Arthur Wagner Walk’

    La Jolla Playhouse dedicates ‘Molli and Arthur Wagner Walk’

    In a ceremony held Monday, Sept. 26, a newly-designated walkway was unveiled in honor of Arthur Wagner, founding chair of the UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance, and his wife, Molli. About 50 people witnessed the ribbon-cutting ceremony that took place adjacent to the walk, which runs...

  • Playwright Mike Lew speaks to budding dramatists at La Jolla High

    Playwright Mike Lew speaks to budding dramatists at La Jolla High

    In a rare opportunity to pull back the curtain on theater production in an intimate setting, La Jolla High School graduate and playwright Mike Lew stopped by his Alma Mater to talk to English and drama students Sept. 12. His production “Tiger Style” is playing at La Jolla Playhouse through Oct....

  • 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...

  • Theater Review: Solid cast relives 'Camp David' at The Old Globe

    Theater Review: Solid cast relives 'Camp David' at The Old Globe

    THEATER REVIEW: It’s not often we get to go back in history to experience notable events as they happened, but through the magic of great theater, an opportunity is possible with The Old Globe Theatre’s Arena Stage production of “Camp David.” The play explores the 13 days in 1978 that President...

  • Who really dunnit?

    Who really dunnit?

    Murder, glamour, mystery loom in Playhouse’s ‘Hollywood’ premiere

  • ‘Fallen Star’ film coming to ArcLight-La Jolla

    ‘Fallen Star’ film coming to ArcLight-La Jolla

    50-minute movie explores Do Ho Suh’s ‘Fallen Star,’ on the roof-edge of UCSD School of Engineering

  • ArtPower presents two nights of soulful sounds

    ArtPower presents two nights of soulful sounds

    ArtPower’s executive director, Jordan Peimer, is a huge fan of global music and is bringing some major players to its programming mix. Unfortunately, one of them, Ester Rada, an Ethiopian/Israeli singer who counts Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin among her influences, was forced to cancel because...

  • La Jollan stars as ‘Billy Elliot’ with siblings

    La Jollan stars as ‘Billy Elliot’ with siblings

    When the California Youth Conservancy Theatre production of Billy Elliot takes the stage at Lyceum Theater May 28 to June 5, La Jolla’s own Luke Garbacz will hold the title role. And he’s not the only one from the Garbacz household in the musical, as brother Matthew and sister Juliet also have...

  • 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...

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