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Let’s Review: The Two Gentlemen of Verona are a treat to meet at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego

Silvia (Britney Coleman), Valentine (Hubert Point-Du Jour), Julia (Kristin Villanueva), and Proteus (Adam Kantor), sort out their feelings. (Photo by Jim Cox)

“The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” Shakespeare’s popular comedy about love, friendship and infidelity, is playing in The Old Globe’s outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre and the cool night air is an added treat to beat the heat of day. Even if you’ve seen the play before, this production is so thoroughly refreshing and entertaining, it’s worth a revisit.

‘Words by Ira Gershwin’ returns to North Coast Repertory Theatre, Aug. 14-24

Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper stars as lyricist Ira Gershwin (1896-1983) in the North Coast Rep staging of ‘Words by Ira Gershwin.’  Courtesy

Nearly two years after its world premiere at the North Coast Repertory Theater (NCRT) in Solana Beach, “Words by Ira Gershwin” is back, once again giving the lesser-known brother a chance to be heard.

Let’s Review: Head ‘Into the Woods’ for laughs and lunacy at the Globe

Alison Cimmet (Witch), Ben Steinfeld (Baker) and Jessie Austrian (Baker’s Wife) negotiate a bargain in The Old Globe’s staging of ‘Into the Woods.’  Jim Cox

Theater patrons who love the different and amusingly outrageous will certainly enjoy The Old Globe Theatre’s production of “Into the Woods.” With music and lyrics created by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, this production is reimagined by Fiasco Theater and co-directed by its founders Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld.

Let’s Review! Charm and humor lead the ‘Quartet’ at Old Globe

Jill Tanner (as Cecily Robson), Robert Foxworth (as Reginald Paget,) Roger Forbes (as Wilfred Bond), and Elizabeth Franz (as Jean Horton) star in ‘Quartet.’ Jim Cox

Anyone fortunate enough to see the movie “Quartet,” (2012) directed by Dustin Hoffman and nominated for several awards including a Golden Globe for actress Maggie Smith, knows the charm of this story. Now, Ronald Harwood’s comedy is playing at the Old Globe through Aug. 24, under the direction of Richard Seer (“Other Desert Cities,” “God of Carnage,” and “The Last Romance”).

La Jolla couple brings one man’s spiritual journey to O.B. stage

Warren David Keith stars as Ram Dass in ‘Be Here Now,’ at the Ocean Beach Playhouse Aug.15-17.

For those not old enough to remember the 1960s and ‘70s, Ram Dass was the spiritual seeker who introduced thousands of young Americans to the path of enlightenment with his hip, square-cut paperback “Be Here Now,” published in 1971.

Old Globe’s ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’ sports a new spin

Hubert Point-Du Jour (Valentine), Britney Coleman (Silvia), Kristin Villanueva (Julia) and Adam Kantor (Proteus) star in Shakespeare’s ‘The Two Gentlemen of Verona’ at The Old globe Theatre. Jim Cox

Shakespeare’s “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” is a comedy about love, friendship, infidelity, and in director Mark Lamos’ production, spunk.

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?

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