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“R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe,” will run March 10-April 3, 2016.

Six Sagacious Shows: San Diego REPertory Theatre sets 40th season

Apr 7, 2015, 4:44 p.m.

More than 125 fans and friends of San Diego REPertory Theatre attended its Season 40 announcement party March 9 at The Westin Gaslamp. Guests were treated to beverages and bites on the rooftop terrace before being ushered into the ballroom for sneak peek performances from the artists involved in selecting a six-play season line-up designed to excite the mind and curious spirit in all. “Our 40th Anniversary Season is upon us and our plans are ambitious,” said Sam Woodhouse, co-founder ...

Christopher Williams (back), Jacque Wilke and Jessica John (center), and David McBean (front) star in Paul Slade Smith’s ‘Unnecessary Farce’ at North Coast Repertory Theatre through May 10.

Actors use ‘Unnecessary Farce’ at North Coast Repertory Theatre in San Diego

Apr 7, 2015, 4:28 p.m.

Zany entertainment awaits those who go see the award-winning comedy “Unnecessary Farce” by Paul Slade Smith on stage at North Coast Repertory Theatre through May 10. With more than 155 productions to date, the show has received glowing reviews — “dazzlingly funny,” “unrelentingly funny plot” and “funniest two hours of theater I have seen in several years.” Director Matthew Wiener said the run at NCRT would mark its San Diego premiere. summarizes the plot this way: In a cheap ...

Ron Lagomarsino (left) directs David Turner in Jonathan Tolins’ ‘Buyer & Cellar,’ April 4-May 10, 2015 at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.

Hearty laughs ahead in 'Buyer & Cellar' at Old Globe Theatre in San Diego

Apr 2, 2015, 3:48 p.m.

• THEATER PREVIEW: “Diva” has a lot of different meanings, all of which a young man who gets an opportunity to be close to a megastar experiences, and no one can anticipate the thrills and perils of such an unequal relationship. The comedy unfolds in Jonathan Tolins’ “Buyer & Cellar,” a hit Off Broadway, which continues The Old Globe Theatre’s 80th Anniversary festivities as part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration. Ron Lagomarsino directs David Turner in this funny one-man ...

Jon Norman Schneider and Amy Kim Waschke star in ‘The White Snake,’ written and directed by Mary Zimmerman at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, through April 26, 2015.

Old Globe Theatre audiences will follow The White Snake’s adventure with glee in San Diego

Apr 1, 2015, 4:54 p.m.

• THEATER REVIEW: Charm is all over The Old Globe Theare’s production of the Chinese fable “The White Snake,” directed by Tony Award-winner Mary Zimmerman. Globe’s artistic director Barry Edelstein accurately summed up her talents when he called her a practitioner of the stage director’s art at the highest level. Zimmerman’s proficiency with staging fables, myths and ancient tales is why “The White Snake” resonates with audience members from beginning to end. Costumed musicians who take their place before the ...

San Diego Opera presents 'Madama Butterfly' on April 16, 19, 22 and 24, 2015 at San Diego Civic Theatre.

San Diego Opera Company closes one season, sets another!

Mar 26, 2015, 4:41 p.m.

San Diego Opera celebrates its 50th Anniversary with two performances of opera’s greatest hits featuring arias, duets, ensembles and choruses performed by the San Diego Opera Chorus, the San Diego Symphony and a roster of internationally renowned artists including sopranos Lise Lindstrom and Emily Magee, mezzo soprano Marianne Cornetti, tenor René Barbera, baritones Stephen Powell and Scott Sikon and bass Reinhard Hagen. Maestro Karen Kamensek will conduct the performances 7 p.m. Saturday, April 18 and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 19 ...

Larry Alldredge

10 QUESTIONS: Stagestruck software engineer Larry Alldredge directs San Diego REP Theatre

Mar 26, 2015, 4:38 p.m.

• 10 QUESTIONS: Larry Alldredge hails from Indiana where he was the first in eight generations not to become a farmer. He caught the theater bug as a kindergartner where he was cast as one of the Little Red Hen’s chicks. The 5-year-old Larry would have preferred instead to produce his own version of “The Wizard of Oz.” He taught Computer Science at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He enjoyed working at Community Theatre of Terre Haute, Indiana as an actor ...

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 ...