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Let’s Review: Reality hits hard in Globe’s ‘Bethany’

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There were some big open mouths at the end of the last act. I wasn’t the only one to be utterly taken aback.

Lots will be new in The Old Globe’s The Winter’s Tale

Paul Michael Valley appears as Polixenes, Natacha Roi as Hermione and Billy Campbell as Leontes in William Shakespeare’s ‘The Winter’s Tale.’  Jim Cox

he Old Globe Theatre’s Artistic Director Barry Edelstein will achieve an innovative first this month when he makes his Old Globe directorial debut with Shakespeare’s mesmerizing “The Winter’s Tale.” The show will also be the first time in more than a decade that a Shakespearean production will take the Globe’s indoor stage.

La Jolla Playhouse’s The Who & The What takes a poke at tradition vs. modern life

Left: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar’s latest is ‘The Who & The What.’

Considering the growing diversity of our country’s population, “The Who & The What,” penned by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar, is a timely look at a conservative Muslim family in Atlanta, Ga. The production will have its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse, Feb. 11-March 9.

Let’s Review: All is not what it seems at 1950’s ‘Maple and Vine’

Jo anne Glover becomes the perfect 1950s housewife in ‘Maple and Vine’ directed by igor Goldin.

Those of us past age 20, often hear complaints about the growing dependence on technology and fears that today’s young people will never enjoy the warm, fuzzy feelings many of us had growing up in earlier decades.That’s the theme of Jordan Harrison’s “Maple and Vine,” in its Southern California premiere at Old Town’s Cygnet Theatre through Feb. 16.

Emmy-nominated actress takes the lead in Old Globe’s Bethany

TV, film and stage actor Jennifer Ferrin plays a single mother who is down on her luck in 'Bethany.' Jim Cox

With the West Coast premiere of “Bethany,” The Old Globe Theatre’s Artistic Director Barry Edelstein continues his mission to bring new voices in the American theater to San Diego. Written by Laura Marks and directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, the drama runs through Feb. 23 at the The Old Globe’s Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre.

Let’s Review: You’ll laugh, you’ll love the cast of ‘Who am I this time?’ at North Coast Rep

George Murra (Gregory North) and Tom Newton (James Leaming) try to explain the foibles of married life to young John Murra (Ben Cole) in North Coast Repertory Theatre’s production of ‘Who Am I This Time?’ aaron rumley

It’s the spring of 1962 and Tom Newton (James Leaming) is happy as a lark at the Mask & Wig theatrical club in North Crawford, Connecticut, where he presents community plays. One of the actors who performs there is quite unusual — as theater-goers to “Who Am I This Time?” now playing at the North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach — will see.

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.

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