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Let’s Review! Old Globe’s “The Winter’s Tale” is ambitious, entertaining

Hermione (Natacha Roi), Mamillius  (Jordi Bertran) and Leontes (Billy Campbell) share a short-lived harmony in Shakespeare’s ‘The Winter’s Tale.’  Jim Cox

Shakespeare’s “A Winter’s Tale,” written during his later years, has often been called his problem play as it evokes many questions about its structure from theater professionals. The Old Globe Theatre’s current production has a new musical score by Michael Tork, and is directed with a dash of novel fantasy, by Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein.

Sexy satire in ‘Don Juan’ ballet at Lyceum Theatre

Chris Jovillar, Maxim Tchernychev,  Joe Hochschild and Stephanie Maiorano in San Diego Ballet's 'Don Juan.'

One by one, they slink out of their chairs for a turn with the handsome guy in tight skinny jeans and pointy boots.

It’s all fun with language in French farce redux at North Coast Repertory Theatre

In the sexy, bawdy ‘The School For Lies,’ at North Coast Rep, playwright David Ives tinkers with Molière’s ‘The Misanthrope,’ providing a farce for modern times.  Courtesy

Playwright David Ives’ “The School for Lies,” opening at North Coast Repertory Theatre this week, is his own spin on Molière’s 1666 comedy of manners about French aristocratic society, “The Misanthrope.”

Little Boxes: Student playwright pens drama premiering at La Jolla High School

Dan (Tanner Perry) talks to Sarah (Celie Mitchard) when she brings out the sock puppet she uses to communicate. Andrea (Hannah Orr) and Julie (Hannelore Manriquez) watch. Photos by Ashley Mackin

“Little Boxes,” an original drama by La Jolla High School junior Noah Wilson, will debut at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, with 7 p.m. shows Feb. 20-22 at the school’s Parker auditorium, 750 Nautilus St.

Let’s Review: Reality hits hard in Globe’s ‘Bethany’

Cutline 2 Bethany- review

There were some big open mouths at the end of the last act. I wasn’t the only one to be utterly taken aback.

Lots will be new in The Old Globe’s The Winter’s Tale

Paul Michael Valley appears as Polixenes, Natacha Roi as Hermione and Billy Campbell as Leontes in William Shakespeare’s ‘The Winter’s Tale.’  Jim Cox

he Old Globe Theatre’s Artistic Director Barry Edelstein will achieve an innovative first this month when he makes his Old Globe directorial debut with Shakespeare’s mesmerizing “The Winter’s Tale.” The show will also be the first time in more than a decade that a Shakespearean production will take the Globe’s indoor stage.

La Jolla Playhouse’s The Who & The What takes a poke at tradition vs. modern life

Left: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar’s latest is ‘The Who & The What.’

Considering the growing diversity of our country’s population, “The Who & The What,” penned by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar, is a timely look at a conservative Muslim family in Atlanta, Ga. The production will have its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse, Feb. 11-March 9.

Let’s Review: All is not what it seems at 1950’s ‘Maple and Vine’

Jo anne Glover becomes the perfect 1950s housewife in ‘Maple and Vine’ directed by igor Goldin.

Those of us past age 20, often hear complaints about the growing dependence on technology and fears that today’s young people will never enjoy the warm, fuzzy feelings many of us had growing up in earlier decades.That’s the theme of Jordan Harrison’s “Maple and Vine,” in its Southern California premiere at Old Town’s Cygnet Theatre through Feb. 16.

Emmy-nominated actress takes the lead in Old Globe’s Bethany

TV, film and stage actor Jennifer Ferrin plays a single mother who is down on her luck in 'Bethany.' Jim Cox

With the West Coast premiere of “Bethany,” The Old Globe Theatre’s Artistic Director Barry Edelstein continues his mission to bring new voices in the American theater to San Diego. Written by Laura Marks and directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, the drama runs through Feb. 23 at the The Old Globe’s Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre.

Let’s Review: You’ll laugh, you’ll love the cast of ‘Who am I this time?’ at North Coast Rep

George Murra (Gregory North) and Tom Newton (James Leaming) try to explain the foibles of married life to young John Murra (Ben Cole) in North Coast Repertory Theatre’s production of ‘Who Am I This Time?’ aaron rumley

It’s the spring of 1962 and Tom Newton (James Leaming) is happy as a lark at the Mask & Wig theatrical club in North Crawford, Connecticut, where he presents community plays. One of the actors who performs there is quite unusual — as theater-goers to “Who Am I This Time?” now playing at the North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach — will see.

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