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Globe’s ‘Water by the Spoonful’ explores human need to connect

Edward Torres directs Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘Water by the Spoonful’ at The Old Globe Theatre.  Jim Cox

The California premiere of “Water by the Spoonful,” Quiara Alegría Hudes’ winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is at The Old Globe’s Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre through May 11. Directing the play is Edward Torres, who recently directed the world premiere of Hudes’ “The Happiest Song Plays Last.”

Let’s Review: Planning ahead may result in remorse suggests ‘Time and the Conways’ at The Old Globe

The Old Globe Theatre’s cast of J.B. Priestley’s ‘Time and the Conways,’ directed by Rebecca Taichman, portrays the British Conway family in good times and bad.  Jim Cox

Many can attest that present actions often spark from past occurrences. This idea runs through the decades in J.B. Priestley’s “Time and the Conways,” now playing at The Old Globe Theatre.

Past returns to pair in premiere of ‘Mandate Memories’ at North Coast Rep

Apollo Dukakis and Rosina Reynolds star in Lionel Goldstein’s ‘Mandate Memories.’  Aaron Rumley

Apollo Dukakis takes on the role of Gustav Frolich, an 80-year-old Jewish Holocaust survivor, who in his youth was a Jewish Freedom Fighter.

Let’s Review: High energy fuels Cygnet Theatre’s ‘Spring Awakening’

Wendla (Taylor Aldrich) and Melchior (Dave Thomas Brown) struggle through their teen years in "Spring Awakening." Daren Scott

“Spring Awakening” is a rock musical based on the controversial 1981 German play by Frank Wedekind. The play was banned at that time for controversial content. The rendition unfolding at Cygnet Theatre in Old Town has music by Duncan Shiek with book and lyrics by Steven Sater. Set in late-19th century Germany, Wendla Bergmann (Taylor Aldrich) opens the show with an outstanding rendition of “Mama Who Bore Me.”

Through an artist’s eyes, darkly: ‘Red’ comes to the REP

John Vickery plays artist Mark Rothko and Jason Maddy his fictional assistant in ‘Red,’ opening April 4 at San Diego REP April 4. Sandra Small

San Diego-born playwright John Logan hit the big time with his screenplay for “Any Given Sunday,” going on to pen Oscar-nominated screenplays for “Gladiator” and “The Aviator.” At last, his acclaimed play, “Red,” is coming to town, opening at San Diego REP on April 4.

A Flair for the Dramatic: Former La Jolla drama teacher celebrates 100 years with a cast of characters

Surrounded by friends and family, Dorothy Haven tells stories at her La Jolla home during ehr 100th birthday party.

On March 8, the question of the day at the Bird Rock home with Happy Birthday balloons out front, was “How do you know Dorothy?” People were referencing Dorothy Haven, who was celebrating her 100th birthday that day with family, friends from around the world, and some of the many students she taught during her years as a teacher in La Jolla.

Let’s Review: If laughs you seek, ‘School for Lies’ has cheek

Frank (Richard Baird) and Eliante (Brenda Dodge) enjoy flirting with each other in ‘The School For Lies.’ Aaron Rumley

Playwright David Ives’ “The School for Lies,” at the North Coast Repertory Theatre (NCRT), is a hilarious romp from start to finish. A terrific cast superbly handles the roles of lawyer, butler, femme fatales and their suitors, and other assorted misfits.

It’s a Trip! A new look at ‘Macbeth’ live at NTC Barracks 2

The cast: Thomas Miller (MacDuff, Duncan, Head Witch); Carissa Cash (Lady Macbeth, Lady MacDuff), Josh Brody (Malcolm, Banquo), Tom Dugdale (Narrator); and Claire Kaplan (Macbeth)  Maurice Hewitt

It’s a sure thing that you’ve never seen a production of “Macbeth” like this … a radical re-visioning of the classic drama, staged in former military barracks.

Free-spirited neighbors generate sparks of self-inquiry in SD Rep’s ‘Detroit’


Lisa D’Amour’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated script gains momentum as newly arrived neighbors Sharon and Kenny begin to unfurl the shadowy details of their not-too-distant past.

Let’s Review! “The Who & The What” at La Jolla Playhouse entertains and questions

Mahwish (Meera Rohit Kumbhani) and Zarina (Monika Jolly) have bonding time with Dad (Bernard White) in La Jolla Playhouse’s world-premiere of ‘The Who & The What.’

Parents and their children often see things differently — especially when the offspring are maturing. Such is the case with one Muslim-American family, which plays out in the world premiere of Ayad Akhtar’s “The Who & The What” at La Jolla Playhouse through March 9.

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