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Let’s Review! The Old Globe’s Last Goodbye is a rock musical full of vitality

Jeremy Woodard as Tybalt and Brandon Gill as Benvolio with the cast of ‘The Last Goodbye.’ Matthew Murphy.

The Old Globe’s “The Last Goodbye” is a rousing adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” conceived and adapted by Michael Kimmel and well directed by Alex Timbers. Kimmel said he came up with idea while listening to the music of the late singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley, who died in an accident.

Let’s Review: ‘The Few’ asks serious questions

QZ (Eva Kaminsky) and Bryan (Michael Laurence) try to reconnect through their turmoil in the world premiere of Samuel D. Hunter’s ‘The Few’ at The Old Globe.

Set in a trailer in a small Idaho town, playwright Samuel D. Hunter’s “The Few” focuses on three emotionally
damaged people.

Daniel Beaty is Paul Robeson in stellar performance of The Tallest Tree in the Forest premiering at La Jolla Playhouse

Daniel Beaty, playwright and star of La Jolla Playhouse’s world-premiere production of ‘The Tallest Tree in the Forest,’ is Paul Robeson in his riveting production at the Playhouse’s Potiker Theatre. Don Ipock

Daniel Beaty, playwright and star of La Jolla Playhouse’s world premiere of “The Tallest Tree in the Forest,” (a tribute to Paul Robeson), seamlessly takes up the challenge of a one-man show with an exhilarating performance.

Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass opens at North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach

Broken Glass director Rosina Reynolds. Courtesy

North Coast Repertory Theatre (NCRT) will stage Arthur Miller’s Olivier Award-wining drama, “Broken Glass,” Oct. 16-Nov. 10. Rosina Reynolds, longtime NCRT collaborator, will direct the play.

ArtPower! Still powerful after all these years

Sydney Dance Company brings its award-winning dancers to Mandeville Auditorium 8 p.m. Oct. 19. Ken Butti

Almost 10 years ago, Marty Wollesen, an arts programmer at Stanford University, became director of university events at UC San Diego, powering up the campus arts scene with his infectious energy and enthusiasm. He coined the name ArtPower!, brought in performers from around the world, and in 2008, created The Loft, an intimate venue for emerging art and pop culture.

Talented cast shines in Cygnet’s ‘Travesties’

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Tom Stoppard’s ‘Travesties’ takes place in Zürich during World War I. At that time, three notable men lived there — author James Joyce, Dada art movement founder, Tristan Tzara, and communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin.

‘The Few’ face life changes common to us all at The Old Globe Theatre

Director Davis McCallum (second from left) and playwright Samuel D. Hunter (second from right) with the cast of ‘The Few’: (from left) Gideon Glick, Eva Kaminsky and Michael Laurence. Jim Cox

It was while watching a performance of Samuel Hunter and Davis McCallum’s production of “The Whale” at Playwrights Horizons that actor Gideon Glick said he became enthralled with their work. That’s why he jumped at a chance to play Matthew in their world premiere of “The Few,” opening Sept. 28 at the Old Globe in Balboa Park.

WoW Festival will light up La Jolla Playhouse … and beyond, Oct. 3-6

"Hedda-ing,” a dance piece inspired by the classic play, ‘Hedda Gabler,’ will be performed outside the rooftop ‘Falling House’ as part of La Jolla Playhouse’s WoW Festival. Jim Carmody

Something wow-derful is coming to La Jolla Playhouse Oct. 3-6. It’s the Without Walls (WoW) Festival, a special event featuring site-specific works from around the world that will turn the LJP’s Theatre District into a Festival Village, a grand agora where free outdoor performances will be staged, food and drinks will be available, and people from all over San Diego will be able to interact with participating artists and each other.

Alzheimer’s play to raise funds for research

Marilu Henner

A star cast will take the stage at the Shiley Theater on the campus of the University of San Diego, 6:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 for an ensemble reading of Act 1 of “Surviving Grace,” an original play by comedy writer Trish Vradenburg (“Designing Women,” “Family Ties,” “Kate and Allie”), and co-founder of USAgainstAlzheimer’s, a national advocacy organization committed to stopping Alzheimer’s by 2020.

Blogger, playwright, ex-judge Lee Sarokin brings new script to North Coast Repertory Theatre for free reading event on Sept. 23

Lee Sarokin with his adopted dog, Lee-Lee. Maurice Hewitt

H. Lee Sarokin’s 84-year-long life has been rich in incidents, but what he is best known for took place in 1985, when, as a U.S. District Court judge in New Jersey, he reversed the 1967 murder conviction of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, concluding that Carter did not get a fair trial. The earlier decision, he wrote, was “predicated upon an appeal to racism rather than reason, and concealment rather than disclosure.”

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