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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 ...

Betsy Wolfe (Lindsay) and Matt Bittner (Dan) share an interesting relationship in ‘Up Here,’ directed by Alex Timbers at La Jolla Playhouse.

'Up Here' plays mind games with cute, romantic tale

Jul 29, 2015, 10:55 a.m.

Award-winning husband-and-wife creative team bring tale of shared human struggle to the Playhouse stage "Up Here,” a new musical comedy with book, music and lyrics by husband-and-wife Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez is said to go where no musical has gone before. “Up Here” is on stage through Sept. 6 at La Jolla Playhouse on the UC San Diego campus. The Lopez team won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Original Song, “Let It Go,” from the Disney-animated film, “Frozen.” ...

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 ...