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Allison Spratt Pearce as Eliza Doolittle and Sean Murray as Henry Higgins iron out some differences in ‘My Fair Lady’ at Cygnet Theatre.

Let's Review! My Fair Lady touches theatrical perfection at Cygnet Theatre in San Diego

Mar 26, 2015, 4:23 p.m.

The spirit of playwright George Bernard Shaw’s creation, Henry Higgins, is wonderfully embodied in actor/director Sean Murray’s portrayal of the man who sets out to mold the perfect woman — in this case, a street flower vendor — by teaching her Aristocratic manners and how to speak proper English rather than her Cockney version. On stage at Cygnet Theatre through April 26, the story of “My Fair Lady,” is playing out to audience admiration and bursts of applause. I label ...

‘Healing Wars’ is conceived, directed and choreographed by Liz Lerman

Waiting in the Green Room: La Jolla Playhouse sets 2015/16 season of all new works

Mar 23, 2015, 3:11 p.m.

La Jolla Playhouse announced the lineup for its 2015/2016 season, which features a cast of world premieres. “This season embodies the Playhouse’s adventurous spirit in so many ways,” said Playhouse artistic director Christopher Ashley. “We’ve assembled an astounding group of artists, many of whom have worked in unique partnerships to create their pieces. “It has also been a goal of mine to bring our innovative Without Walls program to a wider audience, and for the first time, a WoW show ...

Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass in ‘Happy Hour,” a cocktail party dance show.

Dancers break out in experimental ‘Happy Hour’ at Liberty Station venue

Mar 23, 2015, 2:44 p.m.

If Buster Keaton, Carole Burnett, and the rock band Journey created a Vegas lounge act, it might come close to “Happy Hour,” the newest show by dancer/choreographer Monica Bill Barnes. “It’s a dance experiment,” Barnes said, from her base in New York. “We stumble and celebrate the underdog in all of us, and those wonderful, awkward moments seen in karaoke. The score is ridiculous. We mix up Men at Work, opera, Nat King Cole, Elvis and Journey, so it goes ...

Tanya Thai McBride and Amy Kim Waschke star in the McCarter Theatre Center production of ‘The White Snake.’ The Old Globe’s production runs March 21-April 26.

Old Globe Theatre’s "The White Snake" set to charm audiences

Mar 18, 2015, 3:34 p.m.

Over the years, The Old Globe Theatre has brought drama, mystery, Shakespeare, comedy and lots of surprises to the stage to entertain its patrons. Arriving March 21 is another sure-to-be hit, “The White Snake,” based on an ancient Chinese fable. Writer/director Mary Zimmerman has an impressive resume, and said the idea to look at this fable came as a suggestion from Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s (OSF) artistic director, Bill Rauch. “The play is so enduring with its appeal, and although it’s ...

Nathan Wetter, Emma Wineman, Tanner Perry, Lauren Dorst, Noah Wilson and Vivian Vu are just some of the 35-member cast in ‘Anything Goes.’

Anything Goes! La Jolla High School to stage Cole Porter classic

Mar 17, 2015, 3:45 p.m.

"Anything Goes,” the 1930s musical about an eclectic group of people aboard a boat and chock-full of schemes, romance and humor, gets new life in La Jolla High School’s production, March 20-26. “What’s special about this show is that it’s really iconic,” said La Jolla High School senior Emma Wineman, who plays Evangelist-turned-nightclub-singer Reno Sweeney. “It’s not ‘Wicked’ or something kids in our generation are really familiar with, but it’s a show that spans generations. Plus, it has songs that ...

Sean Murray as Henry Higgins and Allison Spratt Pearce as Eliza Doolittle in ‘My Fair Lady’ at Cygnet.

‘My Fair Lady’ comes to Cygnet Theatre

Mar 12, 2015, 2:02 p.m.

Just how rare is it for a play that’s been around for 60 years to still draw audiences? Cygnet Artistic Director Sean Murray, who is directing and starring along with Allison Spratt Pearce in “My Fair Lady,” theorizes the answer. “It’s musicals, mostly,” Murray said. “But also, this one is based on ‘Pygmalion,’ one of the classics of the English stage. The music sounds so fresh, and every time I hear it, it doesn’t seem lost in the 1950s, partly ...

“ ‘Alchemia’ is quite a spectacle, like watching a painting in motion. There’s a very physical thrill of a finely tuned body doing amazing things live," MOMIX founder Moses Pendelton said.

La Jolla Music Society Presents: Expect the unexpected in MOMIX-Alchemia

Mar 11, 2015, 5:14 p.m.

"Alchemia” is about transformation, transmutation and the unconscious, as in a dream state, said Moses Pendelton, artistic director of MOMIX, who brings his dance odyssey to the Spreckels Theatre Friday, March 13 as a guest of the La Jolla Music Society Dance Series. “We loosely base the show on the elements of fire, earth, air and water,” Pendelton said from his home in snowy Connecticut. “There is magic in ‘Alchemia,’ and optical confusion and strangeness. The logic is the musical ...

David Ellenstein and Jacquelyn Ritz star in Neil Simon’s ‘Chapter Two’ at North Coast Repertory Theatre.

Let's Review: North Coast Rep's 'Chapter Two’ takes playful poke at second time arounds

Mar 3, 2015, 4:22 p.m.

North Coast Rep opened a four-week run of “Chapter Two,” Saturday night, the play that launched the Solana Beach theater company back in 1982. There’s something ironic and fitting about the company going back to its roots with this aptly-named production 33 years later. The Neil Simon classic debuted on Broadway in 1977 and was nominated for four Tony awards, including Best Play. Two years later, the playwright’s semi-autobiographical story was turned into a movie starring James Caan and Marsha ...

Audience participation is key in The Grift.

Let's Review: The Grift keeps audience sleuths on their toes

Feb 25, 2015, 11:46 a.m.

Anyone who enjoys solving a mystery with others will want to join La Jolla Playhouse’s immersive theater presentation, “The Grift” at the beautiful, historic Lafayette Hotel in North Park. Written and directed by Tom Salamon, the interactive performance accommodates 50 audience members and requires some walking and climbing stairs. It goes like this: Attendees are separated into groups by colored armbands and a few are given a special one with a key attached. Each group also receives five boxes that ...

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 ...


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