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Let’s Review: Cygnet Theatre’s ‘Pageant’ is worth seeing … twice!

The ‘Pageant’ cast includes David McBean, Tyan Fahey, Charles Osborne, Phil Johnson, Max Cadillac, Luke Jacobs Harvey and Conor Tibbs. Daren Scott

Fans of beauty pageants have their own reasons for attending them. Those attending Cygnet Theatre’s new production of “Pageant,” will be entertained by surprise and laughter, lots of laughter — hilarious laughter.

Let’s Review: ‘Ether Dome’ takes the lid off story of anesthesia at La Jolla Playhouse

Richmond Hoxie, Lee Sellars, Gregory Balla, Tom Patterson, Bill Kux and Kevin Hafso-Koppman perform in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of ‘Ether Dome’ by Elizabeth Egloff, directed by Michael Wilson, running through Aug. 10.  Kevin Berne

The traumatic experience behind performing amputations, tumor removals and vasectomies without anesthesia is immediately intriguing when Playhouse patrons view the incredible set design by James Youmans, representing the real ether dome at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1886. Below a well-lit dome, images of these crude medical procedures are projected on the wall.

Let’s Review! Cygnet Theatre’s “Pageant” is worth seeing … twice!

Pageant cast: David McBean, Tyan Fahey, Charles Osborne, Phil Johnson, Max Cadillac, Luke Jacobs Harvey and Conor Tibbs.  Photo by Daren Scott

Fans of beauty pageants have different reasons for attending these events. Those attending Cygnet Theatre’s new production of “Pageant,” will be entertained by surprise and laughter; lots of laughter – hilarious laughter.

“Into the Woods” creatively reimagined by Fiasco Theatre Company at the Old Globe

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Since the earliest fairytales emerged to enchant and mesmerize, children have been transported to imaginative places. But it’s not only children who have been charmed, so have adults. Perhaps that’s why fairytale characters continue to turn up in plays and films; because really, who wants to grow up?

‘Ether Dome’ taps medicine, science, religion and human suffering at La Jolla Playhouse

Michael Wilson directs the West Coast premiere of ‘Ether Dome,’ based on the true story of the discovery of ether as an anesthetic in 1846.  Courtesy

Director Michael Wilson, who is staging “Ether Dome” at the La Jolla Playhouse, is enjoying the fruits of his labor and relishing his collaboration with playwright Elizabeth Egloff and the Playhouse’s creative team. In addition, on the day of this interview, his TV movie “A Trip to Bountiful,” was nominated for an Emmy award.

Let’s Review: Fear surrounds tragedy in ‘The Orphan of Zhao’ at La Jolla Playhouse

BD Wong (kneeling) and Nick Gabriel. Photos by Kevin Berne

“The Orphan of Zhao” premiered in 13th century China and has been reworked and adapted many times since. In the La Jolla Playhouse version (a co-production with San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre), the epic tragedy set in feudal China explores morality, social hierarchy and self-sacrifice — all of which the audience internalizes, expressing much emotion after seeing the performance.

Exciting world of ancient China awaits in ‘The Orphan of Zhao’ at La Jolla Playhouse

BD Wong (front) and Nick Gabriel star in ‘The Orphan of Zhao’ running through Aug. 3 in the Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Forum. Kevin Berne. photo

The La Jolla Playhouse will stage the classic Chinese legend “The Orphan of Zhao,” a co-production with American Conservatory Theatre, adapted by James Fenton. Along with its amazing cast is the creative team of Byron Au Yong (Original Music), Stephen Buescher (Movement Direction) and Jonathan Rider (Fight Direction).

Let’s Review! Underwood and Thomas are a tour-de-force in Globe’s ‘Othello’

Iago (Richard Thomas) and Michael Cassio (Noah Bean) plan revenge on Othello in Shakespeare’s drama directed by Barry Edelstein.  Photos by Jim Cox

Rarely have I seen an audience so spellbound as by the performances of Blair Underwood as Othello and Richard Thomas as Iago in the first production of The Old Globe Theatre’s 2014 Summer Shakespeare Festival, “Othello.”

Romance, then and now, unfolds in new offering at North Coast Rep

Choreographer Jill Gorrie collaborates with director Rick Simas on the musical ‘Romance, Romance,’ at North Coast Rep. Aaron Rumley

Has the art of romance changed from the days when face-to-face meetings were the way to woo, and been replaced with social media and cell phones as the harbingers of love?

Puppet Masters: San Diego Puppet Guild marks its 20th anniversary

La Jolla puppeteer Mark Zweifach with Hondo. Photo  Lonnie Burstein Hewitt

On a downtown rooftop June 14, friends and members of the San Diego Puppetry Guild came together to celebrate the organization’s 20th anniversary. Like the Guild itself, the crowd was small but enthusiastic, and the Tenth Avenue Arts Center rooftop was a fine place in the sun for adults and children to enjoy the afternoon activities, which included playing with an assortment of puppets or making one’s own, out of pool- noodle pieces and other odds and ends.

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