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Mid-century mores collide with today at ‘Maple and Vine’ at Cygnet Theatre

An affluent couple joins a colony of re-enactors, who idealize the 1950s, in the Southern California premiere of ‘Maple and Vine’ at Cygnet Theatre in Old Town.

Cygnet Theater begins the New Year with the Southern California premiere of “Maple and Vine,” fresh off a successful Off-Broadway season at New York’s Playwrights Horizons Theatre.

Local dance icon to celebrate birthday with a really big show in La Jolla

San Diego Dance Theater artistic director Jean Isaacs rehearsing with her assistant Blythe Barton in 2012.

For 40 years, from the groundbreaking Three’s Company to the multi-dimensional San Diego Dance Theater, Jean Isaacs has been a major force on the local dance scene.

‘Who Am I This Time?’ unfolds in fun and romance

A romantic comedy leads off the New Year at North Coast Repertory Theatre. Ben Cole, James Leaming and Cristina Flynn rehearse in ‘Who Am I This Time?’

In “Who Am I This Time?” extremely shy, nondescript, small-town fellow Harry Nash agrees to perform in a local amateur theater where he literally becomes each character he plays.

Let’s Review: Cygnet Theatre’s Christmas Carol will delight all ages

Maggie Carney, Tom Stephenson and Melinda Gilb each perform several different characters in ‘A Christmas Carol.’ Daren Scott

Whether a fan of Christmas Past or Christmas Present, theater patrons will find Cygnet’s “A Christmas Carol” a pièce de résistance. Based on Charles Dickens’ classic holiday ghost story, the message-filled tale has been a seasonal favorite in film, books, and on stage ever since it was written in 1843.

He’s a Mean One! Whoville braces for another visit from The Grinch

The Old Globe Theatre’s production of ‘Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’ featuring Steve Blanchard as The grinch is now playing in Balboa Park through Dec. 28. Courtesy Photos

Based on the classic tale by Theodor Geisel, the 16th annual Old Globe production of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” continues to solicit smiles for its silly costumes, as well as audiences singing along to “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Santa for a Day.”

La Jollan to play Fiona in ‘Shrek The Musical’

Lindsey Young, a La Jolla High School senior who will play Princess Fiona in ‘Shrek The Musical,’ strikes what she calls her ‘Disney Princess Pose.’ Ashley Mackin

La Jolla High School senior Lindsey Young will take on the role of Princess Fiona in the California Youth Conservatory production of “Shrek The Musical,” at the Lyceum Theater downtown.

Let’s Review! Side Show cast deserves the center stage at La Jolla Playhouse

Daisy (Emily Padgett, left) and Violet (Erin Davie) discover more about their talents than they realized in ‘Side Show.’ Kevin Berne

What is a freak? That’s the question permeating the La Jolla Playhouse production of the musical “Side Show.” The plot is framed around the true-life story of conjoined twins, Daisy and Violet Hilton, who were born in England in 1908. They became instant sideshow attractions, earning their barmaid mother a living until she died and they became the property of a family who booked them into American vaudeville.

Let’s review: Highly amusing Much Ado About Nothing opens at Old Globe

The cast of "Much Ado ABout Nothing,' directed by James Newcomb, runs through Nov. 17 at the Old Globe. Courtesy

The Globe’s production is thoroughly entertaining with a cast of 16 actors who perform their roles very well. The terrific costumes by Elisa Benzoni, and skillful scenic design by Sean Fanning, help the mischief and silly antics merge perfectly.

Let’s Review: Was it a play or a movie? WoW Festival-goers know about Platonov

The set of Platanov. Will Bowen

La Jolla Playhouse’s recent four-day WoW (Without Walls) Festival appears to have been a rousing triumph. Playhouse Managing Director Mike Rosenberg called it “an unqualified success,” adding 1,400 to 1,600 people visited the festival each of the four days, which was way more than expected. Playhouse Director of Education Steve McCormick said the festival was “awesome!”

‘Side Show’ ready to step into the Playhouse spotlight

Cutline Side Show - advance

The La Jolla Playhouse production of “Side Show,” currently in rehearsal, is among the many highly anticipated shows to play at the theater. In association with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, “Side Show” is directed by Hollywood legend, Academy Award-winning director Bill Condon.

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