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Vasily Korinsky (Robert Dorfman), Moishe Bretzky (Ron Orbach), Pinchas Pelovits (Eli Gelb) and Yevgeny Zunser (Hal Linden) debate their threatened lives in ‘The Twenty-seventh Man’ at The Old Globe.

Let’s Review: The Old Globe’s ‘Twenty-seventh Man’ is remarkably poignant

Feb 25, 2015, 11:32 a.m.

Few people have heard of the Cold War-era event when Joseph Stalin rounded up professional writers, poets and journalists and had them murdered for work that was not “nationalist in form or Soviet in content.” In the West Coast premiere of “The Twenty-seventh Man,” playwright Nathan Englander enlightens us. It’s a show not to miss. The arrests were unexpected since the work of Soviet Jewish writers was established in Yiddish schools, publishing houses, newspapers and theaters. According to background about ...

Ephron sisters’ hit comes to the Lyceum Theatre stage

Feb 18, 2015, 12:40 p.m.

Play explores 'Love, Loss and What I Wore' If you’re looking for a great girls’ night out, this could be it. For four weeks only, starting Feb. 25, “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” will be at Horton Plaza’s Lyceum Theatre. This intimate collection of 28 funny and touching stories-turned-into-a-play by the late, great writer/director Nora Ephron (best-known for rom-com movie mega-hits like “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle”) and her equally comedic writer/sister, Delia, has been wowing ...

David Ellenstein (as George Schneider) and Jackie Ritz (as Jennie Malone) rehearse for ‘Chapter Two,’ at the North Coast Repertory Theatre.

Theater: Life is a journey of beginnings in Neil Simon’s ‘Chapter Two’ at North Coast Repertory Theatre

Feb 18, 2015, 12:19 p.m.

Artistic Director David Ellenstein takes the stage stage for revival of NCRT's first production The first play ever staged at North Coast Repertory Theatre (NCRT) has a long history of success. “Chapter Two,” by American playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon, returns to the stage with NCRT’s artistic director David Ellenstein and Christopher Williams co-directing. Ellenstein also portrays the lead character, recently widowed writer George Schneider. “It was No. 1 even back then in 1982,” said Ellenstein, who was not at ...

Darrell Hammond explores his rough childhood and experiences on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ in a one-man show at the La Jolla Playhouse through March 8.

Let's Review: Actor/playwright reveals all in ‘The Darrell Hammond Project’

Feb 11, 2015, 3:26 p.m.

Darker moments of Hammond's life excellently portrayed, not overplayed People who see “The Darrell Hammond Project” at La Jolla Playhouse will discover how the actor turned growing up with a life of lemons into lemonade, and will come to believe that anything is possible. Hammond co-wrote the play, about his horrific childhood, with Elizabeth Stein. It chronicles the life a young man unable to break free from memories of abuse by his mother. Hammond enters the stage with the carefree ...

Marcus (Ian Lowe) at the piano and The Suspects (Joe Kinosian) keep crazily busy in ‘Murder for Two,’ with book and music by Kinosian, book and lyrics by Kellen Blair, and direction by Scott Schwartz.

Let's Review: ‘Murder for Two’ is a great night of theater at The Old Globe

Feb 11, 2015, 1:28 p.m.

Non-stop laughter is in store in the zany “Murder for Two” onstage at The Old Globe Theatre. It’s a fast-moving plot directed by Scott Schwartz with Officer Marcus (Ian Lowe) and a houseful of suspects (Joe Kinosian in all the roles) playing entertaining piano numbers all the while Marcus is trying to solve a murder at the birthday party of Great American Novelist Arthur Whitney — he’s the one that’s dead. Marcus is first on the scene with hopes that ...

Hal Linden appears as Yevgeny Zunser in the West Coast premiere of Nathan Englander’s ‘The Twenty-seventh Man,’ at The Old Globe Theatre.

Audiences will find intrigue in ‘The Twenty-seventh Man’ at The Old Globe

Feb 11, 2015, 1:23 p.m.

Actor Hal Linden and Old Globe artistic director Barry Edelstein pool their talents for the West Coast premiere of “The Twenty-seventh Man” opening Feb. 14 at The Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park. The play, which deals with the grim fate that befalls a group of Jewish writers in Russia under the brutal rule of Stalin, is written by award-winning novelist Nathan Englander and directed by Edelstein. The cast also features Ron Orbach, Robert Dorfman, Eli Gelb, James Shanklin, and ...

Tom Kilroy is the old Irish doorman and Monique Gaffney is the troubled actress in ‘Trouble in Mind,’ at Moxie Theatre to Feb. 22.

Let's Review: Moxie Theatre gives new life to 60-year-old play

Feb 11, 2015, 1:11 p.m.

Almost everyone knows that Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 hit, “A Raisin in the Sun,” was the first show by a black woman playwright to be staged on Broadway. But that distinction almost belonged to “Trouble in Mind,” a challenging play by Alice Childress (1916-1994) that had been optioned for Broadway, and would have appeared earlier that same season, if the writer had agreed to a number of changes, including a different ending. She refused, the option was dropped, and “Trouble,” originally ...

Gloria (Maggie Carney) and Uncle Bill (Navarre T. Perry) share ideas about unfortunate happenings.

Let's Review: Overwhelming challenges reveal a family’s depth in Cygnet Theatre's ‘Sons of the Prophet’

Feb 4, 2015, 3:29 p.m.

In Stephen Karam’s Southern California premiere of “Sons of the Prophet” at Cygnet Theatre, the cast transports the audience to a steel town near Pittsburgh where getting by is a problem for many, taking them on an even deeper dive into human suffering. Although the Douaihy Family is still reeling from the death of the matriarch and mother to Joseph (Alex Hoeffler) and his younger brother, Charles (Dylan James Mulvaney), the gay sons are in for more trauma, when their ...

Darrell Hammond from ‘Saturday Night Live,’ appears in his one-man show ‘The Darrell Hammond Project’ at the La Jolla Playhouse/

Humor trumps sorrow in ‘The Darrell Hammond Project'

Jan 29, 2015, 1:58 p.m.

American actor, stand-up comedian and impressionist Darrell Hammond can boast the longest tenure of any cast member in “Saturday Night Live” history — 14 years (1995-2009). Now he takes the stage in the world premiere of “The Darrell Hammond Project,” directed by La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, Jan. 31-March 8 at Potiker Theatre, UCSD campus. “I have been a decades-long major fan of Darrell and his channeling of other people on ‘SNL,’” Ashley said. “I was one of ...

Producer Tom Salamon

La Jolla Playhouse WoW production director back with ‘The Grift’

Jan 22, 2015, 3:31 p.m.

Since the La Jolla Playhouse introduced its site-based theater series Without Walls (WoW) — the innovative shows taking place in unique San Diego venues rather than an indoor stage — continue to draw crowds. Tom Salamon, creator of the 2010 WoW production “Accomplice” — extended three times — is back in San Diego with a new show “The Grift.” The noir-inspired mystery will take place at the Lafayette Hotel, a San Diego landmark. Part drama, part game, attendees will find ...

Wendy Whelan (center) with Joshua Beamish, Kyle Abraham, Alejandro Cerrudo and Brian Brooks

Ballerina spins out duets with four male choreographers in La Jolla Music Society offering, Jan. 30

Jan 22, 2015, 3:27 p.m.

With the New York City Ballet, ballerina Wendy Whelan danced the masterworks of Jerome Robbins and George Balanchine, William Forsythe and Christopher Weldon and many others. After 30 remarkable years, she left the company to start a freelance modern adventure. In “Wendy Whelan — Restless Creature,” she partners with four contemporary choreographers: Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks and Alejandro Cerrudo. La Jolla Music Society will present the program of four duets 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30 at Balboa Theatre. ...

Cotter Smoth reprises his role as sports giant Al McGuire.

Sportscaster Dick Enberg's ‘McGuire’ returns to North Coast Rep, Feb. 9-10

Jan 22, 2015, 3:07 p.m.

Richard Alan “Dick” Enberg is a distinguished American sportscaster for networks NBC, CBS and ESPN, and since 2009 has provided the play-by-play for telecasts of San Diego Padres baseball on Fox Sports San Diego. Enberg is one of only two American broadcasters selected for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Basketball Hall of Fame, and in July 2015, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Enberg has won many awards, including 14 Emmy Awards in three ...

Jeffrey Rockwell (piano player Buddy), Sharon Rietkerk (blonde singer) and Kevin Bailey (private eye) totally amuse in the San Diego premiere of ‘Gunmetal Blues.’

Theater: It’s a hoot to hear those ‘Gunmetal Blues’ at North Coast Rep

Jan 21, 2015, 4:51 p.m.

Non-stop laughter filled the theater at the opening night performance of the San Diego premiere of the musical “Gunmetal Blues” at the North Coast Repertory Theatre. The story of a private eye (Kevin Bailey) working a murder case becomes complicated when he attempts to question several blondes — Princess, Laura, Jenny and Carol (all played by Sharon Rietkerk) — about their observations or involvements. The detective practically makes the seedy, smoky Red Eye Lounge his office, which is quite a ...

Luke, Juliet and Matthew Garbacz in their La Jolla home

Talented Trio

Jan 20, 2015, 4:03 p.m.

Those who see the touring production of “Les Misérables,” when it stops by the Center for the Arts Escondido, Feb. 7-8, will witness a pint-sized powerhouse in La Jolla resident Matthew Garbacz, playing the young Gavroche. Matthew, a fourth-grader at La Jolla Elementary School, will participate in the tour (sharing performance dates with another young actor) all the way through to summer in San Francisco with the Lake Elsinore-based Theatre Royale. The production will be Matthew’s first with a professional ...