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Chekhov would chuckle over Globe’s new comedy

Martin Moran (Vanya), Marcia DeBonis (Sonia), Tyler Lansing Weaks (Spike), and Candy Buckley (Masha) appear in the San Diego premiere of Christopher Durang’s ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ at The Old Globe Theatre. Photos by Jim Cox

Christopher Durang’s Tony Award-winning play, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” has been called “the funniest new American play of the year.” It’s now on stage at The Old Globe, where cast member Candy Buckley calls it “an illegal amount of fun!”

Chasing the Song: 1960s pop music musical–in-process opens at La Jolla Playhouse May 13

Part of the 'Dramaturgy Wall' at La Jolla Playhouse with news clips from the1960s. Courtesy photos

In January 2013, the high note of the DNA New Works Series at La Jolla Playhouse was the first staged reading of “Chasing the Song,” a musical set in the world of pre-Beatles pop-music. Written by award-winning playwright/lyricist Joe DiPietro and composer/lyricist/Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan, and helmed by Playhouse artistic director Christopher Ashley, the latest incarnation of CTS will now be back on the boards in a fully-staged but still in-process production starting May 13.

La Jolla Playhouse’s premiere ‘Chasing the Song’ composed with heart and humor

‘Chasing the Song’ is cocreated by David Bryan, left, (music and lyrics). Bryan is also known for being the keyboard player in Bon Jovi.

Speaking with Tony Award-winning playwright and lyricist Joe DiPietro is almost as fun as watching one of the terrific productions he’s behind — like the Tony Award-winning “Memphis” or “The Toxic Avenger.”

Let’s Review: Resolution of a tragic conflict unfolds in ‘Mandate Memories’ at North Coast Rep. Don’t miss it.

Jane (Rosina Reynolds) timidly welcomes a stranger (Apollo Dukakis) into her home to reveal secrets about her family in Lionel Goldstein’s ‘Mandate Memories’ at the North Coast Repertory Theatre. Aaron Rumley

Reynolds is a fine actress and frequent one of the NCRT, but in this play she really exceeds. She’s a trifecta running in three different circles. What has this man come to tell her that keeps her suspicion on hand?

Let’s Review! Tragedies of life flow from ‘Water by the Spoonful’ at The Old Globe

Yazmin (Sarah Nina Hayon) and her nephew, Elliot, (Rey Lucas) get reacquainted after his military service in ‘Water by the Spoonful,’ directed by Edward Torres at The Old Globe Theatre.  Jim Cox

The bright, multi-colored floor on the set of Quiara Alegría Hudes’ “Water by the Spoonful,” draws awes from many Globe patrons as they take their seats for the California premiere of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. The colors reflect the play’s characters who are as different and electrifying as those bright hues on the floor.

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.

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