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Yvonne Freeman, Ron Christopher Jones, Cynthia Thomas, Tony Perry and Anise Ritchie dance up a storm in ‘Ain’t Misbehavin – the Fats Waller Musical Show,’ at North Coast Repertory Theatre.

News‘Ain't misbehavin' ’ is savin' all it’s love for you

Jul 20, 2016, 12:04 p.m.

If patrons felt their seats shaking at the opening of North Coast Repertory Theatre’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’ — the Fats Waller Musical Show,” it was an earthquake of energy caused by the five-member cast that proves a great song never loses its appeal. Director Yvette Freeman scores a hit with the exceptionally talented dancers and she brings to the stage. As Armelia, Cynthia Thomas is delightfully fun with her sassy moves and inviting smiles in songs such as “Squeeze Me.” Director ...

Megan McGinnis as Marianne Dashwood and Peter Saide as Willoughby in ‘Sense and Sensibility’ at The Old Globe; book, music and lyrics by Paul Gordon through Aug. 14.

NewsMake it ‘Sense’ for a great night of theater

Jul 20, 2016, 11:59 a.m.

The Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s West Coast premiere of Tony Award-nominee Paul Gordon’s new musical “Sense and Sensibility” drew interest the moment it was announced. Gordon and Chicago Shakespeare Theater founder Barbara Gaines, who directed the play at The Old Globe, made a few changes in the production but had no need to fear bad reviews. “Sense and Sensibility,” has been around quite a while in several forms. The romance/drama has appealed to thousands, which is a lot to imagine since ...

Clinton Roane, Reggie D. White, Brittany Bellizeare, Jasmine St. Clair and Andy Lucien in La Jolla Playhouse’s world premiere of ‘The Last Tiger in Haiti,’ by Jeff Augustin, directed by Joshua Kahan Brody.

News‘Truth’ takes spotlight in “The Last Tiger in Haiti’

Jul 13, 2016, 12:18 p.m.

How many of us have been wronged? Or discovered something shocking about someone we care for? Who has struggled with forgiveness? ... These are a few of the emotional elements threaded through the La Jolla Playhouse’s world premiere of “The Last Tiger in Haiti,” by Jeff Augustin, directed by Joshua Kahan Brody.As the play opens, a small shack frame, some rolled-up bedding, and a few boxes illustrate the poverty shared by Haitians Emmanuel (Clinton Roane), Joseph (Reggie D. White), Rose ...

Ainsley Savant, 10, and Madison O’Donovan, 7, are Tina, the hyper-ambitious young star of ‘Ruthless! The Musical,’ opening July 16 at Moxie Theatre.

NewsYoung stars share lead role in Moxie musical ‘Ruthless’

Jul 13, 2016, 11:44 a.m.

Clever songs, belly laughs and old-style show-biz pizzazz abound in Moxie Theatre’s upcoming cure for the summertime blues, opening July 16. Ta-da! It’s “Ruthless! The Musical,” a campy, cult classic featuring a talented 8-year-old who would literally kill to get the lead in her school play. An award-winning hit in New York in 1992, “Ruthless” spoofs Broadway musicals and movies like “The Bad Seed,” “Gypsy,” and “All About Eve,” and its 2015 revival won another award for Best Off-Broadway Show.Co-directed ...

Director Barbara Gaines

NewsRomance, inspiration in musical ‘Sense and Sensibility’

Jul 6, 2016, 3:29 p.m.

For years fans of Jane Austen’s works have clamored for more. They’ve read her books over and over again. Films based on her stories, “Pride and Prejudice,” “Sense and Sensibility,” “Emma,” “Becoming Jane,” “Mansfield Park” and more, have inspired and enthralled her fan base, which continues to grow with each new decade. In association with the Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST), The Old Globe Theatre is staging the West Coast premiere of Paul Gordon’s acclaimed new musical, “Sense and Sensibility.” CST ...

Yvonne and Ron Christopher Jones star in ‘Ain’t Misbehavin — the Fats Waller Musical Show,’ at North Coast Repertory Theatre through Aug. 7.

NewsWhole lotta shakin’ in musical revue at North Coast Rep

Jul 6, 2016, 3:22 p.m.

The foot-stomping, roof-raising “Ain’t Misbehavin – The Fats Waller Musical Show,” opens at the North Coast Repertory Theatre, July 13. It’s an award-winning musical tribute to the black musicians of the 1920s and ‘30s. Conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr., and Murray Horwitz, this production is directed by actress, singer, painter, producer and director Yvette Freeman (“Gee’s Bend,” NCRT and TV’s “ER,” “Orange is the New Black”), who has worked with NCRT Artistic Director David Ellenstein for many years. “I’m very ...

Yvonne and Ron Christopher Jones star in ‘Ain’t Misbehavin — the Fats Waller Musical Show,’ at North Coast Repertory Theatre through Aug. 7.

NewsWhole lotta shakin’ in musical revue at North Coast Rep

Jul 6, 2016, 3:22 p.m.

The foot-stomping, roof-raising “Ain’t Misbehavin – The Fats Waller Musical Show,” opens at the North Coast Repertory Theatre, July 13. It’s an award-winning musical tribute to the black musicians of the 1920s and ‘30s. Conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr., and Murray Horwitz, this production is directed by actress, singer, painter, producer and director Yvette Freeman (“Gee’s Bend,” NCRT and TV’s “ER,” “Orange is the New Black”), who has worked with NCRT Artistic Director David Ellenstein for many years. “I’m very ...

Marsha Stephanie Blake stars as Lady Macbeth and Jonathan Cake as Macbeth under the direction of Brian Kulick.

NewsGlobe shines new light on easy-to-get-wrong ‘Macbeth’

Jun 29, 2016, 3:55 p.m.

Now playing at The Old Globe’s Festival Outdoor Theatre, Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”’ with all its horrors, tragedies, darkness, betrayal and madness, has garnered favorable reviews for the cast, direction and design. Jonathan Cake is Macbeth, a role he said he always wanted to play. “I had opportunities but they never worked out,” Cake said. “I’m glad, because this is one of those experiences that has felt wonderfully uncomplicated for such a difficult, complex, famously- easy-to-get-wrong play. Maybe it’s do with time, ...

Playwright Jeff Augustin (left) and director Joshua Kahan Brody work on the Playhouse's world premiere of ‘The Last Tiger in Haiti.’

Folktales told in 'The Last Tiger in Haiti' at La Jolla Playhouse

Jun 22, 2016, 12:51 p.m.

“A beautiful example of storytelling,” is how La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley classifies ‘The Last Tiger in Haiti,’ running June 28-July 24 in the Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre on the UC San Diego campus. Written by Jeff Augustin (“That High Lonesome Sound”) and directed by Joshua Kahan Brody (“The Nightingale” and “The Who & The What”), the world premiere is a co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Brody said he felt an immediate attachment to the script when his ...

Iain Gunn and Bridget Rountree (aka Animal Cracker Conspiracy) bring their multimedia puppet production ‘Paper Cities’ to the San Diego Fringe Festival, starting June 24.

Puppeteers' 'Paper Cities' will rise again at San Diego Fringe Festival

Jun 22, 2016, 12:27 p.m.

“Paper Cities” is a multimedia puppet production that’s like nothing you’ve seen before. An ongoing work-in-progress by “hybrid puppeteers” Iain Gunn and Bridget Rountree, its seventh variation was recently staged at Bread & Salt in Logan Heights. Now “Paper Cities: Variation 8” is coming to the upcoming San Diego International Fringe Festival, where it will offer five performances at the downtown Spreckels Complex, June 24-July 3. In the beginning, there was the workshop version. In 2013, Gunn and Rountree, co-founders ...

Hedda Gabler (Mhari Sandoval) and Eilert Lovborg (Richard Baird) have a tense moment in North Coast Repertory Theatre’s world premiere translation of Henrik Ibsen’s ‘Hedda Gabler,’ directed by David Ellenstein through June 26.

NewsLet’s Review! Terrific cast in new adaption of ‘Hedda Gabler’ at North Coast Repertory Theatre

Jun 15, 2016, 1:34 p.m.

Jorgen (Bruce Turk) Tesman’s Aunt Juliane (Christina Soria) enters the empty living room carrying a bouquet of flowers to celebrate her nephew’s recent wedding. The maid, Berte (Rhona Gold), converses with Juliane until Jorgen appears. There’s nothing happier than newlyweds in a cloud of happiness, as are Jorgen and his lovely new wife, Hedda Gabler (Mhari Sandoval). He bounds into the living room to share his happiness with his aunt and can’t wait for Hedda to join them. When she ...

Raymond Lee appears as Nobu and Tina Chilip as Ama Miyuki in ‘Tokyo Fish Story.’

NewsLet’s Review: Tokyo Fish Story has a tall tale to tell

Jun 15, 2016, 12:46 p.m.

“Tradition,” derived from the Latin word “tradere,” is a belief or behavior passed down within a group or society with symbolic meaning or special significance tied to origins in the past. “Tradere” means to transmit, to hand over, or to give for safekeeping, and it’s the theme running through playwright Kimber Lee’s “Tokyo Fish Story,” directed by May Adrales at the Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park. “Tokyo Fish Story,” has a great cast that clearly plays to Lee’s attention ...

James Saito stars as Koji and Tim Chiou as Takashi in ‘Tokyo Fish Story’ at The Old Globe through June 26.

The Old Globe Theatre tells a 'Tokyo Fish Story'

Jun 1, 2016, 12:41 p.m.

Playwright Kimber Lee (“To the Yellow House”) said she looked inward when creating her unusual and charming “Tokyo Fish Story,” directed by May Adrales at The Old Globe through June 26. “When I was in college, my parents had a little café and it was non-stop work,” she said. “I love food and eating sushi, but I was completely ignorant of the tradition behind the craft, so I first came to sushi as a consumer and a fan. I read ...

Ned Eisenberg as Menachem Begin, Richard Thomas as Jimmy Carter, and Khaled Nabawy as Anwar Sadat in the West Coast premiere of Lawrence Wright's 'Camp David' at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.

Theater Review: Solid cast relives 'Camp David' at The Old Globe

May 25, 2016, 3:29 p.m.

THEATER REVIEW: It’s not often we get to go back in history to experience notable events as they happened, but through the magic of great theater, an opportunity is possible with The Old Globe Theatre’s Arena Stage production of “Camp David.” The play explores the 13 days in 1978 that President Jimmy Carter, Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat and Prime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin spent together at Camp David (the country retreat of the President of the United States, located ...


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