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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.

A Flair for the Dramatic: Former La Jolla drama teacher celebrates 100 years with a cast of characters

Surrounded by friends and family, Dorothy Haven tells stories at her La Jolla home during ehr 100th birthday party.

On March 8, the question of the day at the Bird Rock home with Happy Birthday balloons out front, was “How do you know Dorothy?” People were referencing Dorothy Haven, who was celebrating her 100th birthday that day with family, friends from around the world, and some of the many students she taught during her years as a teacher in La Jolla.

Let’s Review: If laughs you seek, ‘School for Lies’ has cheek

Frank (Richard Baird) and Eliante (Brenda Dodge) enjoy flirting with each other in ‘The School For Lies.’ Aaron Rumley

Playwright David Ives’ “The School for Lies,” at the North Coast Repertory Theatre (NCRT), is a hilarious romp from start to finish. A terrific cast superbly handles the roles of lawyer, butler, femme fatales and their suitors, and other assorted misfits.

It’s a Trip! A new look at ‘Macbeth’ live at NTC Barracks 2

The cast: Thomas Miller (MacDuff, Duncan, Head Witch); Carissa Cash (Lady Macbeth, Lady MacDuff), Josh Brody (Malcolm, Banquo), Tom Dugdale (Narrator); and Claire Kaplan (Macbeth)  Maurice Hewitt

It’s a sure thing that you’ve never seen a production of “Macbeth” like this … a radical re-visioning of the classic drama, staged in former military barracks.

Free-spirited neighbors generate sparks of self-inquiry in SD Rep’s ‘Detroit’

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Lisa D’Amour’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated script gains momentum as newly arrived neighbors Sharon and Kenny begin to unfurl the shadowy details of their not-too-distant past.

Let’s Review! “The Who & The What” at La Jolla Playhouse entertains and questions

Mahwish (Meera Rohit Kumbhani) and Zarina (Monika Jolly) have bonding time with Dad (Bernard White) in La Jolla Playhouse’s world-premiere of ‘The Who & The What.’

Parents and their children often see things differently — especially when the offspring are maturing. Such is the case with one Muslim-American family, which plays out in the world premiere of Ayad Akhtar’s “The Who & The What” at La Jolla Playhouse through March 9.

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.”

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