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Stephen Bienskie and Jenn Harris (foreground) with the cast in Christopher Durang’s vignette ‘The Dance Contest,’ part of the premiere musical ‘In Your Arms’ at The Old Globe Theatre.

LET'S REVIEW: Globe’s ‘In Your Arms’ will touch your heart

Oct 1, 2015, 11:03 a.m.

San Diegans are fortunate to live in a town immersed in amazing theatrical productions. Many that are born here eventually head to Broadway. According to the audience at The Old Globe Theatre’s world premiere of “In Your Arms,” here is yet another treat bound for glory. It’s not surprising that Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli, director, choreographer and co-conceiver of “Arms” in collaboration with Stephen Flaherty’s music, has delivered an innovative idea that raises the standards for musical theater. The ...

Playwright Michael Benjamin Washington as Bayard Rustin and Mandi Masden as Miriam Caldwell in ‘Blueprints To Freedom: an Ode To Bayard Rustin,’ at La Jolla Playhouse through Oct. 4.

Let's Review: Captivating story, performances in Playhouse ‘Blueprints to Freedom’

Sep 23, 2015, 2:17 p.m.

Playwright Michael Benjamin Washington’s “Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin,” is a remarkably enthralling civil rights drama, onstage at La Jolla Playhouse’s Potiker Theatre through Oct. 4. Washington’s play takes audiences behind the scenes of the Aug. 28, 1963 political rally known as the march on Washington for Jobs and Freedom — and is brilliant and full of insight. It is further enhanced by the playwright’s performance in the title role of rustin. Washington was previously seen at ...

Mercedes Ruehl stars in ‘Full gallop’ at The Old globe Theatre

Mercedes Ruehl is Diana Vreeland in one-woman show at Old Globe

Sep 23, 2015, 1:54 p.m.

Academy, Golden Globe and tony Award winner Mercedes Ruehl joins The Old Globe Theatre to tell the story of fashionista Diana Vreeland in “Full Gallop,” on stage through Oct. 25. The Globe premiere of the play in 1995 starred Mary Louise Wilson, and was written by Mark Hampton and Wilson, based on Vreeland’s memoirs. Ruehl is noted for her voluminous career in films, plays and TV. She earned an Academy and Golden Globe Award for “The Fisher King.” She earned ...

‘Hay Fever,’ and ‘The Vortex’ are in repertory play at Cygnet Theatre in Old Town, Sept. 23-Nov. 8.

Cygnet takes Noel Coward’s ‘Hay Fever’ and ‘The Vortex’ for a spin

Sep 16, 2015, 11:59 a.m.

Twice the drama, twice the laughs as Cygnet pairs Noel Coward plays in rotating repertory Cygnet Theatre continues its tradition of hows performed in repertory with Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever,” directed by associate artistic director Rob Lutfy, and “The Vortex” directed by artistic director Sean Murray. “The two plays are very different,” Lutfy said. “ ‘Hay Fever’ is very much a comedy and ‘The Vortex’ is a drama. Pairing them together works well on several elements; the actors who perform ...

Stephen Bienskie and Jenn Harris is the world premiere of In Your Arms at The Old Globe.

Dancers are ‘In Your Arms’ for premiere of new concept play at The Old Globe

Sep 11, 2015, 12:36 p.m.

Christopher Gattelli received in 2012, Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for his cho­reography in “Newsies” (currently on tour). Now, as director, choreographer and co-conceiver of “In Your Arms,” his idea for a show without words, he continues to surpass expectations and gain rave reviews. A dancer by trade, Gattelli, was director-choreographer of “Silence! The Musical,” “Jug-Band Christmas,” “Radio Girl,” “De­parture Lounge,” and the Coen Brothers’ upcoming film “Hail, Caesar!” His Broadway credits include “Amazing Grace,” “The King ...

Playhouse managing director Michael S. Rosenberg, playwright Michael Benjamin Washington, director Lucie Tiberghien and playhouse artistic director Christopher Ashley prepare for the world-premiere of ‘Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin.’

Bayard Rustin's Historic Civil Rights March: Playhouse poised for premiere of 'Blueprints to Freedom'

Sep 11, 2015, 12:16 p.m.

Last year’s “Selma” — an Oscar nominee for Best Picture — brought the unresolved issue of freedom back to the forefront for new generations. Theatergoers are in for a similar reawakening when the world-premiere of “Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin,” debuts at La Jolla Playhouse, Sept. 8–Oct. 4. The script comes from Michael Benjamin Washington. Lucie Tiberghien directs the production. Bayard Rustin, an openly gay black man born a Quaker, was a civil rights activist who early ...

Julia Van skike, Brenden Dallaire and Lauren Muehl during a ‘CATS’ rehearsal

Purr-fect casting: 5 La Jolla ‘kittens’ appear in ‘CATS’ at Lyceum Theatre

Sep 9, 2015, 11:48 a.m.

Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical “CATS” is such as a treasured Broadway staple, the expression “It’s better than CATS” has been coined to describe something truly exceptional. Based on T.S. Eliot’s book of poems “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” the production is the third-longest running show on Broadway. California Youth Conservatory Theatre (CYC) brings “CATS” to San Diego with five young La Jolla actors in the cast — along with students in high school and adult actors. The production also ...

Pamela (Jacquelyn Ritz) and Muriel (Roxane Carrasco) in ‘The Fox on the Fairway’ at North Coast Repertory Theatre, Sept. 9-Oct. 4.

North Coast Rep Season Opener: ‘The Fox on the Fairway’ flourishes with feisty farce

Aug 25, 2015, 4:24 p.m.

Plays by Ken Ludwig are popping up in a lot of theaters this summer because the clever writer creates the most delicious comedies. “The Fox on the Fairway,” opening Sept. 9 at the North Coast Repertory Theatre, joins Ludwig’s list of fabulous farces, which include “Lend Me a Tenor,” “Moon Over Buffalo,” and now playing at The Old Globe, “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.” “Fairway” is yet another production with non-stop laughs. A tournament is about to take place at ...

The cast of The Old Globe’s 2015 Summer Shakespeare Festival production of ‘The Comedy of Errors,’ directed by Scott Ellis, on stage through Sept. 20 in Balboa Park.

Let's Review! Globe's ‘Comedy of Errors’ is a rip-roaring hit

Aug 25, 2015, 4:11 p.m.

It’s a question whether or not the Old Bard himself would enjoy The Old Globe’s Summer Shakespeare Festival production of “The Comedy of Errors,” which is actually an adaptation of the Roman play “The Twins or The Menaechmus Brothers.” Judging by the reactions of the playgoers through the night I attended, I would say yes! This Shakespeare farce is set in 1920s New Orleans. Leaving Syracuse, Antipholus of Syracuse (Glenn Howerton) and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse (Rory O’Malley) are ...

Glenn Howerton stars as Antipholus while Rory O’Malley plays Dromio in The Old Globe’s ‘The Comedy of Errors.’

Oh Brother! It’s a Comedy of Errors at The Old Globe when long-lost twins reunite

Aug 13, 2015, 11:50 a.m.

The Old Globe’s Summer Shakespeare Festival continues with the Aug. 16 opening of “The Comedy of Errors.” Scott Ellis directs the fabulous farce, which is Shakespeare’s shortest play, and written in 1594. Two sets of identical twins that were accidentally separated at birth are about to embark on a zany adventure. Antipholus of Syracuse (Glenn Howerton) and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse (Rory O’Malley) both have twin brothers they cannot find. As they travel to Ephesus, things become very strange ...

‘Violet’ in rehearsal at the REP with Hannah Corrigan, flanked by Jacob Caltrider and Rhett George

UCSD theatre grad stars in award-winning REP musical

Aug 12, 2015, 1 p.m.

Play centers around young woman disfigured by a childhood accident, who dreams of becoming beautiful “Violet,” which opens Aug. 20 at San Diego REPertory Theatre, is based on “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by Doris Betts, a gifted Southern writer who specializes in short stories about plucky outsider females. The original off-Broadway production won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical and a special Obie for composer Jeanine Tesori’s music in 1997. Revived on Broadway last year, with Sutton ...

Matt Bittner and Betsy Wolfe in La Jolla Playhouse’s world-premiere musical ‘Up Here.’

Let's Review: Lots of crazy things distract in ‘Up Here' at La Jolla Playhouse

Aug 11, 2015, 4:18 p.m.

Every day many of us talk to ourselves, listen to advice on the radio or TV, or to our own voices swirling around in our heads. That’s the premise of “Up Here” with book, music and lyrics by Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award-winning Robert Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Their experience on Broadway shines through this world-premiere musical comedy directed by Alex Timbers at the La Jolla Playhouse, which includes five main actors and an ensemble cast of ...

Scott Nickley, Patrick Osteen, Eric Von Metzke, Alex Hoeffler, Charles Evans, Jr., Ben Gibson and Bryan Charles Feldman are a team of Vietnam-era Marines celebrating their last night before deployment.

LET'S REVIEW: Marines get down and dirty in Cygnet’s Theatre's ‘Dogfight’

Aug 6, 2015, 12:43 p.m.

There were no military flags outside Cygnet Theatre’s opening for “Dogfight,” but the loud boot stomping and repeated “Semper-fi” in the opening scenes from the seven actors portraying Marines, grounded this production in its characters’ pride, struggles and chance to be boisterous and deceitful. With book by Peter Duchan, and music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the story is based on the 1991 film “Dogfight,” written by Bob Comfort. It’s set in 1963 when Eddie Birdlace (Patrick ...

Blake Segal as Castilian Desk Clerk, Usman Ally as Doctor Watson, and Euan Morton as Sherlock Holmes in Ken Ludwig’s ‘Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery,’ directed by Josh Rhodes at The Old Globe Theatre.

LET'S REVIEW: ‘Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery’ is one of The Old Globe’s best

Aug 6, 2015, 12:33 p.m.

Who could believe Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1901 novel “The Hound of the Baskervilles” would be so hilariously entertaining? Ludwig’s “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery,” has more audience members laughing almost every minute of the show than any play I’ve seen! The fun begins as Dr. John Mortimer is disturbed by the sudden death of his friend, Sir Charles Baskerville. Circumstances that make Sir Charles’ death quite suspicious include a family curse, dubious household staff, and ...