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Angelina Réaux, Rena Strober, Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper and Randall Dodge share a tense moment in ‘Side By Side By Sondheim.’

Let's Review: Merry music-makers stage delicious Sondheim feast at North Coast Rep

Jul 23, 2015, 1:34 p.m.

It’s rare when an audience can enjoy a cornucopia of legendary Broadway and show music in one production, but that’s exactly what’s happening at North Coast Repertory Theatre in “Side By Side By Sondheim.” Directed by NCRT’s artistic director David Ellenstein; music is by Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Mary Rodgers, Richard Rodgers and Jule Styne; continuity by Ned Sherrin and choreography by Susan Jordan-DeLeon. The simple but efficient stage set by Marty Burnett includes two pianos so that pianists Tom ...

Liz Wisan (Woman One), Usman Ally (Doctor Watson), Andrew Kober (Man Two), Blake Segal (Man One) and Euan Morton (Sherlock Holmes) are the cast of ‘Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.’

Globe’s ‘Baskerville’ will be elementary good fun, my dear fan

Jul 23, 2015, 1:27 p.m.

When Scottish author/physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created the characters of detective Sherlock Holmes and his friend and biographer, Dr. John H. Watson in the 1800s, Doyle likely had no clue their stories would continue to entertain for centuries. In 1901 Doyle wrote “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” a mystery investigated by Holmes and Watson, which serves as the basis for a new play by Ken Ludwig “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery,” on stage at The Old Globe through Sept ...

Jennie Olson Six and John Anderson perform in ‘So Small A Thing,’ by Dominique Salerno, directed by Robert Salerno. The play, inspired by a line from Euripides: “Is love so small a pain, do you think, to a woman?” is part of the 2015 San Diego Fringe Festival, July 23-Aug. 2.

A Family Affair: La Jolla couple brings daughter’s play to San Diego Fringe Festival

Jul 15, 2015, 6:20 p.m.

Now in its third year, the San Diego Fringe Festival, coming July 23-August 2, bills itself as bringing “the beautiful, the bizarre, and the unexpected to America’s Finest City.” Most shows run under an hour, cost $10 or less, and represent a potpourri of performance types in various venues. Included this year are two plays presented by Dori Salois and Robert Salerno, a La Jolla couple who have been producing offbeat, pop-up performances under their nonprofit Vantage Theatre for over ...

Randall Dodge, Angelina Reaux, Alby Potts, Rena Strober and Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper rehearse for ‘Side By Side By Sondheim.’

Send in the crowds for ‘Side By Side By Sondheim’ at North Coast Rep

Jul 15, 2015, 6:13 p.m.

The songs of Broadway and film composer Stephen Sondheim, who masterfully crafts music and lyrics to the characters within his stories, comes to the North Coast Repertory Theatre, July 15–Aug. 16 in the revue “Side by Side by Sondheim,” directed by David Ellenstein. Soprano Angelina Réaux, noted interpreter of another musical great, Kurt Weill, is one of the cast. Born in Houston, Texas, trained as an actress and a classical singer, she made her New York Philharmonic debut singing “The ...

Anastasia Barzee (center) stars as Lilli Vanessi with the cast of the Hartford Stage/Old Globe co-production of ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ at The Old Globe Theatre.

LET'S REVIEW: Old Globe's 'Kiss Me, Kate’ is a summer sensation

Jul 15, 2015, 6:03 p.m.

"Kiss Me, Kate” (music and lyrics by Cole Porter) revisits Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” and the conflicts on- and off-stage between Fred Graham, the show’s director, producer and star, and his leading lady, his ex-wife, Lilli Vanessi. It’s been stated this was Porter’s response to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma” and other musicals. Whatever the reason, the play hit Broadway in 1949, became a huge hit with 1,000-plus performances, and won the first Tony Award presented for Best Musical. ...

Terence Archie appears as Orsino, Sara Topham as Olivia, and Rutina Wesley as Viola in The Old Globe Theatre’s 2015 Summer Shakespeare Festival production of ‘Twelfth Night.’

At The Old Globe it’s ‘Twelfth Night’ for lunacy, laughter and love

Jun 24, 2015, 2:55 p.m.

What happens when a ship wrecks off the rocky coast of Illyria, is both fun, intriguing and proves some will do anything for true love. Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” returns to The Old Globe Theatre, directed by Rebecca Taichman, onstage through July 26. Viola (Rutina Wesley) disguised as the boy, Cesario, was on the ship with her brother Sebastian (LeRoy McClain). Once on land she finds a job, a friend and a new beau — her boss, Duke Orsino (Terence Archie). ...

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 ...