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The cast of ‘Come from Away,’ in this world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse.

LET'S REVIEW: Playhouse's "Come from Away" is a rare theatrical treat

Jun 16, 2015, 2:22 p.m.

If Beowulf Boritt’s amazing set for “Come from Away” doesn’t wow playgoers upon entering La Jolla Playhouse’s Potiker Theatre, then the opening musical number surely will. The 12-person cast storms the set singing and stomping in a story that begins to unfold as individual cast members describe their plights. Directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, “Come from Away” is based on a true story that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001 in Gander, Newfoundland. Canadian husband-and-wife writing team Irene Sankoff ...

Mary’s (Melissa Fernandes) resentment is overcome by Charlie’s (Andrew Oswald) reality 
in ‘The Whale.’

LET'S REVIEW: Terrific cast creates compassion for ‘The Whale’ in Cygnet drama

Jun 9, 2015, 4:25 p.m.

In Samuel D. Hunter’s “The Whale” at Cygnet Theatre, we meet Charlie (Andrew Oswald), a very smart man whose bad choices are compromising his life. He weighs more than 500 pounds and is bound to his couch, just waiting for that last breath. Charlie teaches writing to students via the computer, and gets up only to shuffle his feet behind his walker to the bathroom. His nurse and friend Liz (Judy Bauerlein) makes frequent visits to check his oxygen, maybe ...

Robert (Richard Baird) gives the evil eye to friend Jerry (Jeffrey Fracé) over attentions to his wife, Emma (Carla Harting), in Harold Pinter’s ‘Betrayal’ at North Coast Repertory Theatre.

LET'S REVIEW: Love and lies lead to betrayal in evocative drama at NCRT

Jun 9, 2015, 4:10 p.m.

Might time unaccounted for, a secret flat, and reading a book while your husband is trying to talk to you signify relationship troubles? “Betrayal,” the title of Harold Pinter’s drama on stage at North Coast Repertory Theater, is a solid clue to the answer, but seeing three great actors journey through the sorry state of affairs is far more fun than guessing. The play opens with the last scene in their story, which unfolds in a series of flashbacks. We ...

Kristan Idaszak and David Jacobi

The play's the thing! Behind the script with UCSD’S award-winning MFA playwrights

Jun 3, 2015, 2:47 p.m.

UCSD Theatre Department grad student David Jacobi described his playwriting objectives. “I was at this World Wide Wrestling event, which is really like a form of theater,” he explained. “One of the wrestlers stood up on the ropes and yelled insults at the audience. The audience got so riled up that after the event they went out to the parking lot and turned his car over! My goal is to generate that kind of excitement on stage. I would like ...

Robert (Richard Baird), Emma (Carla Harting) and Jerry (Jeffrey Farcé) in Harold Pinter’s ‘Betrayal’ at North Coast Repertory Theatre

North Coast Rep’s ‘Betrayal’ looks at treachery from all sides

Jun 3, 2015, 2:25 p.m.

Naming William Shakespeare and Harold Pinter as his favorite playwrights, actor Richard Baird is overjoyed to be playing Robert in Pinter’s “Betrayal” at North Coast Repertory Theatre. Written in 1978, the five-character play is labeled “passionate, explosive and surprisingly funny.” It unfolds in reverse chronology to tell the tale of two couples, a love triangle, betrayed friendships and shocking revelations. “One of the things I find so exciting and interesting about this play, as much as the affair itself, is ...

Carolyn Michelle Smith as Maggie, Lauren Blumenfeld as Claudine, JD Taylor as Henry, and Meg Gibson as Eve in the West Coast premiere of Victoria Stewart’s ‘Rich Girl’ at The Old Globe

Let's Review: Money is the root of 'Rich Girl' mother/daughter conflict in Old Globe production

Jun 3, 2015, 2:15 p.m.

A new romance between a struggling young man and a complicated young woman becomes a colossal crisis in “Rich Girl,” now playing at The Old Globe Theatre. Claudine’s (Lauren Blumenfeld) mother, Eve (Meg Gibson), is a well-off financial manager who even has her own TV show. She’s savvy about most everything until Claudine falls in love with someone she barely knows, and Eve is certain he only wants her money. Eve’s not too keen on men as her husband left ...

Actor portrays endangered San Diego coastal cactus wren. Courtesy

Wrenegades: Ecological adventure takes flight in new production at UCSD

May 28, 2015, 10:24 a.m.

Ecologist Ed Leopold’s life spirals downward when he fails to get his beloved coastal cactus wren on the Endangered Species List. He later discovers the will of the tiny bird is stronger than his self-loathing. “’Wrenegades: An Ecological Adventure’ is inspired by the multitude of endangered species in San Diego and the conservationists trying to keep them from extinction,” said Katherine Harroff, artistic director of Circle Circle Dot Dot theater company. “Our hero is a birder, played by co-writer Michael ...

Summer Fun Guide 2015: Bookmark-and-save list of La Jolla events and San Diego arts & entertainment

May 27, 2015, 9:45 a.m.

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library 1008 Wall St. (858) 454-5872 ■ Night Owls: Mural Crawl, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18. Meet at the Athenaeum and enjoy a pre-walk glass of wine and Stone Brewing Co. beer while you explore the art-filled walls of the library, before heading out to explore the murals (and bars) of La Jolla. Tour leaves at 7 p.m. Lynda Forsha will explain the murals against the backdrop of the setting sun. ■ Flicks on the ...

Irene Sankoff  and David Hein wrote the musical ‘Come from Away,’ which will have its world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse, May 29-July 5.

Come from Away! New musical at La Jolla Playhouse celebrates an international sleep-over spurred by 9/11

May 22, 2015, 11:19 a.m.

In the spirit of theatrical productions based on true-life events, La Jolla Playhouse is staging “Come from Away,” a rock-infused musical, directed by its artistic director Christopher Ashley. Recognizing good material when they see it, the Canadian husband-and-wife writing team of Irene Sankoff and David Hein (book, music, lyrics) tell the tale of what happened in the isolated town of Gander, Newfoundland in 2001. In describing the genesis of the play, Hein said, “The 10-year anniversary of 9/11 was coming ...

Lauren Blumenfeld as Claudine and Meg Gibson as Eve in the West Coast premiere of ‘Rich Girl.’

Money fuels rift between mother, daughter in ‘Rich Girl’ at The Old Globe

May 21, 2015, 6:31 p.m.

People struggling financially always think money is the answer to everything, but Victoria Stewart’s “Rich Girl,” offers a different take on the issue. Stewart’s story is a modern retelling of the Henry James’ 1881 novel “Washington Square,” which was developed into the stage and movie classic “The Heiress” (1949), starring Olivia de Havilland and Montgomery Clift. “Rich Girl” has similarities to both the novel and the film. “The film is more about a person who loses an elemental part of ...

Major Paul Petkoff (John Conrad Schuck) and Catherine Petkoff (Marsha Mason) ponder their daughter Raina’s (Wrenn Schmidt) romance.

Let's review: Battle for true love wins ‘Arms and the Man’ audiences at The Old Globe

May 21, 2015, 6:22 p.m.

Love and war might be an unusual pairing for a comedy, but anyone who sees George Bernard Shaw’s “Arms and the Man” at The Old Globe Theatre will leave thinking the opposite. The story takes place during the 1885 Serbo-Bulgarian War. Catherine Petkoff (Marsha Mason) and her daughter Raina (Wrenn Schmidt) are holding down the homefront while Raina’s father, Major Paul Petkoff (John Conrad Schuck), and her fiancé, Major Sergius Saranoff (Enver Gjokaj), are in the midst of battle. As ...

Craig Jorczak, Judy Bauerlein, Melissa Fernandes, Erin McIntosh and Andrew Oswald (front) in Cygnet Theatre’s ‘The Whale,’ directed by Shana Wride.

Cygnet Theatre’s ‘The Whale’ dives into honesty

May 15, 2015, 12:18 p.m.

“Any play that can take me by surprise or make me laugh and cry is an inviting play to work on,” said Shana Wride of “The Whale,” which she is directing at Cygnet Theatre in Old Town. “Sam Hunter is a brilliant writer. This play is fascinating and unlike anything we’ve seen. Its humor and humanity has surprising aspects.” “The Whale” revolves around Charlie (Andrew Oswald), a behemoth of a man who weighs more than 500 pounds and can’t stop ...

A scene from Snakeskin.

Malashock and Sacra/Profana: ‘Orpheus’ inspires ‘Snakeskin’ dance-drama coming to UCSD May 15-17

May 12, 2015, 4:19 p.m.

Krishan Oberoi, artistic director for the choral ensemble Sacra/Profana, said he has worked with top dance companies before and was inspired to collaborate with John Malashock after viewing his “Floating World.” “I followed him and said I liked his work,” Oberoi said. “We talked about ideas and here we are.” Now the men are focused on the interplay between dancers and musicians in their collaborative dance drama, “Snakeskin,” and how they will glide on and off a thrust stage May ...

Dennis Holland portrays hangman William Maledon in the musical ‘Rope,’ by La Jolla resident Mark Sickman, as staged in February during the Venus Theater Festival in New York City.

Something to Hang His Hat On: La Jolla playwright plans to stage his hangman musical ‘Rope’ in 2016 at San Diego’s Tenth Avenue Arts Center

May 6, 2015, 11:26 a.m.

Local playwright plans to stage his hangman musical ‘Rope’ in 2016 at San Diego’s Tenth Avenue Arts Center ON THE WEB: For La Jolla playwright Mark Sickman, seeing a production go from page to stage means paying close attention to what theater companies are looking for at any given moment. “It’s a difficult situation for the local playwright,” said the retired Chicago and San Diego advertising professional, who also runs a website for people who pen sports-themed poetry, ...