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‘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.

El Henry: Chicano-style Shakespeare comes to the outdoor stage in La Jolla Playhouse WoW Production

Brothers Lakin (left) and Kinan Valdez rehearse  in the drama’s run-down metropolis setting.  Mia Fiorella

Last fall, you might have seen actor/writer Herbert Siguenza at San Diego REPertory Theatre in his one-man show “A Weekend with Pablo Picasso.” This month, he brings a new play to SILO, an outdoor space in the up-and-coming East Village neighborhood called Makers Quarter, where life is still a little rough around the edges.

Unusual puppet show debuts at La Jolla Playhouse for three free performances

One of the puppets in ‘Paper Cities’   Courtesy

Iain Gunn, half of a “contemporary hybrid puppet company” called Animal Cracker Conspiracy, is bringing his new, no-strings exploration of modern urban development to La Jolla Playhouse, June 19-21.

Globe’s Summer Shakespeare Festival 2014 opens with ‘Othello’

The Old Globe Theatre’s production of ‘Othello’ stars Richard Thomas as Iago, Kristen Connolly as Desdemona and Blair Underwood as Othello.  Jim Cox

Actor Richard Thomas, Iago in “Othello,” the first show of The Old Globe Theatre’s 2014 Summer Shakespeare Festival, calls “Othello” “one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies in the theater.” In addition to his role, Thomas said he’s eager to work with Barry Edelstein again.

Let’s Review! Great cast and songs make good ‘Dog and Pony’ show at The Old Globe

Mags (Nicole Parker), Andy (Jon Patrick Walker), and [sitting] Rhoda (Beth Leavel), Jane (Heidi Blickenstaff) and Jeff (Eric William Morris) in the world premiere of The Old Globe Theatre’s ‘Dog and Pony’ with book by Rick Elice, music and lyrics by Michael Patrick Walker.  Jim Cox

Rick Elice (“The Addams Family,” “Peter and the Starcatcher,” and with Marshall Brickman co-writer of “Jersey Boys”) said his idea for the musical “Dog and Pony” flew in the window. That summation feels appropriate as the characters in the musical comedy now playing at The Old Globe in Balboa Park are in an energetic leap from start to finish.

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