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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: ropethemusical.com 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, baseballbard.com. ...

In rehearsal, Susan Narucki as Mrs. Peachum is surrounded by some of the bad boys in ‘The Threepenny Opera.'

Watch out! Mack the Knife coming to UCSD's Threepenny Opera, May 6-10

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

Mack the Knife, he's the original smooth criminal at the dark comic heart of “The Threepenny Opera,” a legendary piece of musical theater that’s getting a 21st century update next month at UCSD’s Conrad Prebys Music Center. Adapted as a German version of John Gay’s “The Beggar’s Opera,” a big hit in London in 1728, “Die Dreigroschenoper” (The Threepenny Opera) opened in a small theater in Berlin 200 years later, showcasing the unconventional talents and edgy style of poet/playwright/director Bertolt ...

Veteran actor Marsha Mason plays Catherine Petkoff in George Bernard Shaw's romantic comedy at the Old Globe.

Marsha Mason tackles Shaw in Old Globe’s production of ‘Arms and the Man’

May 5, 2015, 5:37 p.m.

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself,” wrote George Bernard Shaw, who certainly lived up to it in his 90+ years. An essayist, short story writer and novelist, Shaw is perhaps best known for penning more than 60 plays. His “Arms and The Man,” first produced in 1894, will have a run at the Old Globe’s Shiley Stage Theatre, May 9–June 14. “Shaw’s distinction is that he uniquely manages to be astringently unsentimental and aridly ironic, while ...

Eric, Billie (Jacque Wilke), Todd (David McBean, lying down) and Mayor Meekly (Ted Barton in back) are in a pickle of a situation in ‘Unnecessary Farce’ at North Coast Repertory Theatre.

LET'S REVIEW! Terrific cast plus non-stop laughs equal 'Unnecessary Farce' at North Coast Rep!

May 5, 2015, 5:27 p.m.

North Coast Repertory Theatre (NCRT) has created the perfect comedic storm in its production of “Unnecessary Farce” onstage through May 10. It all begins with Paul Slade Smith’s hilarious script that revolves around two soon-to-be police officers who are assigned to take down a corrupt mayor. Storms are unpredictable, but director Matthew Wiener (NCRT “Lend Me A Tender” and “Perfect Wedding”) proves he knows just how to handle one that includes mistaken identities, inexplicable coincidences and furtive secrets in this ...

La Jolla Music Society presents Malandain Ballet Biarritz performing three ballets — "Estro" to music by Vivaldi, "Nocturnes" to music by Chopin and "Bolero" to music by Ravel. 8 p.m. Sunday, May 3, 2015. Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown San Diego. $20-$75. (619) 570-1100. sandiegotheatres.org

Renowned French ballet troupe to perform Sunday, May 3 in San Diego

Apr 30, 2015, 12:30 p.m.

Editor's Note: Malandain Ballet Biarritz has changed its originally planned program from “Roméo et Juliette" to three ballets ("Estro," "Nocturnes" and "Bolero") instead, due to delayed shipping of costumes and sets. Malandain Ballet Biarritz will still perform 8 p.m. Sunday, May 3 at the San Diego Civic Theatre. Choreographer Thierry Malandain and his Malandain Ballet Biarritz will perform three ballets — "Estro" to music by Vivaldi, "Nocturnes" to music by Chopin and "Bolero" to music by Ravel — at the ...

In rehearsal, Susan Narucki as Mrs. Peachum is surrounded by some of the bad boys in ‘The Threepenny Opera," with performances May 6, 8, 9, 10, 2015 at UCSD's Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater.

Theater Preview: Watch Out! Mack the Knife coming to UCSD in 'The Threepenny Opera'

Apr 30, 2015, 10:09 a.m.

• THEATER PREVIEW: Mack the Knife, he’s the original smooth criminal at the dark comic heart of “The Threepenny Opera,” a legendary piece of musical theater that’s getting a 21st century update next month at UC San Diego’s Conrad Prebys Music Center. Adapted as a German version of John Gay’s “The Beggar’s Opera,” a big hit in London in 1728, “Die Dreigroschenoper” (The Threepenny Opera) opened in a small theater in Berlin 200 years later, showcasing the unconventional talents and ...

David Turner plays Alex More in ‘Buyer & Cellar.’

Let's Review: ‘Buyer & Cellar’ a crowd pleaser at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego

Apr 15, 2015, 6:39 p.m.

• THEATER REVIEW: Actor David Turner — as Alex More — enters a very simple set at The Old Globe to reveal an almost unbelievable story in a one-man show. He’s holding a copy of Barbra Streisand’s book “My Passion for Design.” He immediately engages the audience in the story of how an acquaintance turned him on to an opportunity to work in a mall with several unique shops. But this was not any mall; it’s the one in the ...

“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. Playscript.com 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 ...


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