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Armando Riesco, Josh Cooke and Matthew Rauch in the world premiere of ‘Junk: The Golden Age Of Debt,’ at La Jolla Playhouse

Theater Review: La Jolla Playhouse's 'JUNK: The Golden Age of Debt' worth a bundle of life lessons

Aug 11, 2016, 2 p.m.

— THEATER REVIEW: Among all the honest and knowledgeable financial traders in America, there are greedy wolves waiting in the background to pounce and seduce investors into their schemes. La Jolla Playhouse’s world premiere of “Junk: The Golden Age of Debt,” by Ayad Akhtar and directed by Doug Hughes, tackles the topic with intrigue and humor. It’s 1985 and the wolves are out there to scam whomever they can. Enter Robert Merkin (Josh Cooke) shadowing a real-life former financier and ...

Palmer Davis in her  ‘Suburban Showgirl’ costume.

NewsDancing Queen

Aug 10, 2016, 9:30 a.m.

While she grew up in town as Wendy Palmer, breaking sports records at La Jolla High, the daughter of Paul and Marge Palmer, is now playwright, dancer and actress Palmer Davis, who has spent most of her adult life developing a showbiz career and breaking down walls. The story of her life, “Suburban Showgirl,” takes the stage 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15-17, during North Coast Repertory Theatre’s Variety Nights. It’s a one-woman show, in which she stars.Semi-autobiographical with some artistic license, ...

‘JUNK: The Golden Age of Debt’ director Doug Hughes and playwright Ayad Akhtar

News‘JUNK: The Golden Age of Debt’ premieres at Playhouse

Aug 3, 2016, 10:26 a.m.

Rich or poor, savvy or ignorant; it’s no secret that Americans are seeing their financial status constantly change and for the most part, not for the better. The world premiere La Jolla Playhouse production of Ayad Akhtar’s “JUNK: The Golden Age of Debt,” adapted from his book, dives into the world of money, how it has changed from the 1980s. Doug Hughes directs. Considering the unsettling amount of people who to this day borrow from payday loans only to find ...

Winner of NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing,’ Dat Phan headlines a night of comedy and music Aug. 7 at The Comedy Store La Jolla.

NewsLaughing It Up in La Jolla: The Comedy Store offers a special Sunday with 'Last Comic Standing' winner Dat Phan

Aug 3, 2016, 9:58 a.m.

What is the funniest place in all of La Jolla? The 900 block of Pearl Avenue. That’s because it’s the home, at 916, of The Comedy Store, a place that has been churning out laughs for the last 40 years — in the same location! It all began back in 1976 when The Comedy Store was opened in South Mission Beach. In 1977, the Store moved to its La Jolla location and it’s been there ever since. The list of ...

Abby Mueller stars in ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ at San Diego Civic Theatre, Aug. 2-7, 2016.

'Beautiful: The Carole King Musical' tells singer’s story; performs in San Diego Aug. 2-7, 2016

Jul 29, 2016, 1:47 p.m.

On June 15, as “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” celebrated its 1,000th performance on Broadway, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio declared the day “Carole King Musical Day.” Now Broadway San Diego is bringing the award-winning show about the iconic singer/songwriter to the Civic Theatre for eight performances, Aug. 2-7, 2016. “Beautiful” tells the story of the Brooklyn teenager who became an international superstar. In 1960, at age 17, Carol Joan Klein (already renamed Carole King) and her husband, ...

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 ...


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