Theatre

  • Former La Jollan is stepping out in ‘Kinky Boots’ — smash Broadway musical coming to San Diego

    Former La Jollan is stepping out in ‘Kinky Boots’ — smash Broadway musical coming to San Diego

    “Kinky Boots,” first a hit British movie and then a hit Broadway musical, is making a return visit to San Diego as part of its long-running national tour. Based on the 2005 film, which was inspired by a true story, “Kinky Boots” is about a man who inherits a failing shoe factory and ends up forming...

  • Old Globe Theatre's 'The Blameless' explores moving past tragedy

    Old Globe Theatre's 'The Blameless' explores moving past tragedy

    It’s unlikely to get through life without experiencing bad times. “The Blameless” acknowledges such and takes a look at the happy, close-knit Garcia family striving to overcome a tragic act of violence. Written by Nick Gandiello and directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, the play has its world premiere...

  • LET’S REVIEW: ‘The Illusion’ is fantastic fun at North Coast Rep Theatre

    LET’S REVIEW: ‘The Illusion’ is fantastic fun at North Coast Rep Theatre

    Imagine you are aging, have lost contact with your only son, and yearn to see him once more. That’s where we find Pridamant (John Herzog), who, desperate to locate his long-lost Clindor (Michael Polak), visits a sorceress (Kandis Chappell) hoping she’ll use her magic to find him in “The Illusion,”...

  • La Jolla High to stage ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

    La Jolla High to stage ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

    “Little Shop of Horrors” — the musical that helped usher in the era of “new age weird musicals” that includes “The Rocky Horror Show” (1975), “Hair” (1968) and “Jesus Christ Superstar” (1970) — is La Jolla High School’s spring musical, onstage March 10-11 and 17-18 at Parker Auditorium. The story...

  • LET'S REVIEW: Freaky Friday makes for family fun at La Jolla Playhouse

    LET'S REVIEW: Freaky Friday makes for family fun at La Jolla Playhouse

    The 1976 comedy film version of “Freaky Friday” was nominated for three Golden Globes — for Best Actresses Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris, and Best Original Song.  All the music, humor, fantasy and family film elements that made it a favorite are captured onstage in La Jolla Playhouse’s production...

  • 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....

  • Theater Review: Cultures clash and results are laughs in 'Tiger Style' at La Jolla Playhouse

    Theater Review: Cultures clash and results are laughs in 'Tiger Style' at La Jolla Playhouse

    Mike Lew must have had a grand plan for his future after he graduated from La Jolla High School to start a career in the theater. He went to Julliard to earn an artist diploma in playwriting, and at Yale, he earned a B.A. with a double major in directing and writing. His work has appeared in theaters...

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