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Michael Goldstrom as Mondor, Amelia Pedlow as Lucille and Cary Donaldson as Dorante (gorgeous costuming by Murell Horton) in the West Coast premiere of ‘The Metromaniacs,’ presented in association with Shakespeare Theatre Company at The Old Globe.

NewsLet’s Review: Poetry’s the star in ‘The Metromaniacs’

Feb 10, 2016, 12:34 p.m.

Director Michael Kahn certainly knew what he was doing when he commissioned playwright David Ives to adapt Alexis Piron’s 17th century farce “La Métromanie” for a modern audience. The result is a laugh a minute.The very oh-so-French fun takes place in 18th-century Paris where poets are celebrated and renowned. Francalou (Adam LeFevre) is a wealthy gentleman who thrives on writing his own plays, and plans to stage one in his Parisian home to draw out his poetry-mad daughter Lucille (Amelia ...

A scene from the film ‘Plastic Man,’ which screens at the San Diego Jewish film Festival

NewsLa Jolla’s Best Bets for Events, Feb. 4-11

Feb 3, 2016, 10:57 a.m.

Cultural Events ▪ In honor of Black History Month, “What Happened, Miss Simone?” screens 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 (dinner 7 p.m.), at The Loft at UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive (Lyman Avenue at Myers Drive). Director Liz Garbus sensitively explores the constant state of opposition that trapped and tortured Nina Simone, a classically trained musical genius, chart-topping chanteuse and Black Power icon, who some say is one of the least understood artists of our time. Dinner and film: ...

‪From the staged reading of ‘The Clearing,’ in March 2015: Ed Hollingsworth, Dana Hooley (who won the San Diego Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year for 2014), AJ Knox, Laura Bohlin, Maelyn Gandola, John Tessmer, Steven Jensen and Sandy Torretti.

NewsLa Jolla Theatre Ensemble brings staged readings to local venues

Jan 27, 2016, 5:12 p.m.

The 2016 La Jolla Theatre Ensemble season promises to bring a variety of plays to La Jolla venues for staged readings — everything from one-act plays by local writers to lesser-known plays by well-known playwrights — all the way up to Shakespeare. Ensemble co-founder and longtime theater enthusiast John Tessmer said the pieces performed range from “serious to lighter fare” and are influenced by the season and the venue. The troupe performs at least 10 shows per season. Held primarily ...

Rosina Reynolds, Josh Odsess-Rubin and Rachael VanWormer in Cygnet Theatre’s ‘When The Rain Stops Falling,” directed by Rob Lofty

NewsLet’s Review! Cygnet’s ‘Rain’ draws ovations

Jan 27, 2016, 9:51 a.m.

Those who remember the term “six degrees of separation” will find elements of such connections in “When the Rain Stops Falling” by Australian playwright Andrew Bovell, playing at Cygnet Theatre in Old Town through Feb. 14.Because the story covers 80 years and moves between Australia and London, strict attention is required from audiences from beginning to end. Bovell’s engaging aim is a focus on what happens to families when their children are young and how their experiences end up affecting ...

NewsLa Jolla Playhouse offers dark comedy ‘Guards at the Taj’

Jan 26, 2016, 4:12 p.m.

“Guards at the Taj” premiering next week at La Jolla Playhouse, centers on two guards in 1640s India, tasked with mundane jobs as the Taj Mahal is being built behind them. The night before its unveiling, the lifelong-friends — who are more like brothers – are asked to do something quite terrible that divides them existentially. One of them is on the side of the Emperor to whom he pledges his allegiance, the other is reeling from what they’ve done, ...

Dina Thomas as Lisette and Adam LeFevre as Francalou in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of ‘The Metromaniacs,’ a West Coast premiere at The Old Globe

News‘The Metromaniacs’ farce brings laughs to Old Globe

Jan 26, 2016, 4:02 p.m.

It’s hard to imagine that someone would want to resurrect playwright Alexis Piron’s 17th century farce, “La Métromanie,” but director Michael Kahn did and he commissioned playwright David Ives (“The Liar,” “Don Juan in Chicago”) to adapt the play, or what he calls a “translaptation” (translation/adaptation) of the work. “This is the third play I’ve commissioned David to do,” Kahn said. “The first two were also French comedies from the 17th-century. I wanted to work with him again because he ...

‘When The Rain Stops Falling’

News‘When the Rain Stops Falling’ opens at Cygnet Theatre

Jan 14, 2016, 2:27 p.m.

“When the Rain Stops Falling,” by award-winning Australian playwright Andrew Bovell, was heralded as the Best New Play of 2010 by TIME Magazine. San Diegans can judge that for themselves when the show opens at Cygnet Theatre on Jan. 14, directed by Rob Lutfy. Searching to broaden the narrative experience through the way they tell stories was part of the reason Lutfy and Artistic Director Sean Murray brought the piece to Cygnet Theatre.“This play is a drama and has funny ...

‘Lunar Landing,’ a segment from Malashock Dance’s ‘Dreams & Prayers’

NewsMalashock Dance gets close and personal with audiences

Jan 14, 2016, 10:37 a.m.

Malashock Dance is stepping out into its 28th season with “Malashock Signatures,” a program featuring two “signature” pieces and two world premieres by artistic director John Malashock that will be staged in their studio at NTC Liberty Station the last two weekends in January. “I love doing big collaborative projects in larger theaters,” said Malashock, in a pre-New Year’s interview. “But there’s distance there. In our studio, audiences will get to see everything from just a few feet away. They’ll ...

Sherri Lightner

NewsLa Jolla News Nuggets

Dec 10, 2015, 9:12 a.m.

Sherri Lightner re-elected city council president San Diego City Council members unanimously re-elected Sherri Lightner as council president on Dec. 7, allowing the moderate Democrat from La Jolla to hold the pivotal post for a second consecutive year.Lightner, who will leave office in December 2016 because of term limits, joined with the council’s four Republicans one year ago to take the post away from Democrat Todd Gloria in a 5-4 vote.In stark contrast to last year’s contentious council president vote, ...

Calder Quartet performs 8 p.m., Jan. 23, 2016 for ArtPower at UC San Diego at Conrad Prebys Concert Hall on the UCSD campus.

Three must-see dance and music performances coming to ArtPower at UC San Diego in January 2016

Dec 9, 2015, 3:56 p.m.

• BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: January 2016 at ArtPower at UC San Diego will kick off with electro-acoustic project Mal’akh Ensemble at 8 p.m., Jan. 8, performing “Animalik,” a series of short animated films with live music at The Loft on the UCSD campus. Founded by multi-laureate Mexican composer Felipe Perez Santiago, the ensemble creates an eclectic sound that combines elements of traditional, avant-garde, folk, contemporary, rock, free jazz and improvisational music. Tickets: $18-$28. Called “outstanding” and “superb” by The New York ...

Steven Rattazzi and the cast of La Jolla Playhouse’s world-premiere of ‘Indecent’

TheatreLa Jolla Playhouse: ‘Indecent’ spotlights the art and truth behind love

Dec 2, 2015, 5:36 p.m.

• THEATER REVIEW: In 1907 Warsaw Poland, Shalom Asch staged his play, “God of Vengeance,” with themes of love and a celebratory focus on Yiddish literature and people. However, along with the art of theater, music and dance, Asch also included some material, which at the time considered scandalous. Asch was advised to burn the play. But Asch did not heed that plea. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel and director Rebecca Taichman shadow the 1922 Broadway debut of Asch’s “God ...

Hershey Felder will portray Irving Berlin at La Jolla Playhouse, Dec. 16-Jan. 3.

TheatreHershey Felder brings Irving Berlin music to La Jolla Playhouse holidays

Dec 2, 2015, 5:21 p.m.

• ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT PREVIEW: There’s no place like here for the holidays, when Hershey Felder plays Irving Berlin at La Jolla Playhouse. Felder, a gifted pianist, actor and playwright known for bringing composers like Chopin and Beethoven to life onstage along with their music, will appear as the man who wrote “White Christmas” in a special engagement Dec. 16-Jan. 3. Except for his dark hair, Felder doesn’t really resemble the diminutive Berlin, whose piano skills were famously limited to ...

The cast of ‘The Oldest Boy’ at San Diego Repertory Theater with Tsering Dorjee Bawa (Oldest Boy, center) and the young couple, Amanda Sitton and Napoleon Tavale (in front), with their baby.

TheatreDancers, puppets, lamas star in ‘Oldest Boy’ at San Diego Repertory Theater

Nov 5, 2015, 10:58 a.m.

What if you were a young American mother and one day a couple of Tibetan monks came to your door, told you your 3-year-old son was the reincarnation of a revered Buddhist lama, and asked you to let them take him to their monastery in India, so he could be raised as the spiritual teacher they knew him to be? That’s the central question of “The Oldest Boy,” a luminous new production coming to San Diego Repertory Theater Nov. 12. ...

New friends Betty (Annabella Price) and Dan (Mark Bramhall) chat about their pets in North Coast Repertory Theatres West Coast premiere of playwright Christian OReillys Chapatti.

TheatreIrish comedy confirms it’s never too late for romance

Oct 26, 2015, 3:06 p.m.

North Coast Repertory Theatre’s delightful romantic-comedy “Chapatti,” about two lonely seniors looking to change their lives, is full of heart. Directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Judith Ivey and penned by Irish playwright Christian O’Reilly, “Chapatti” finds a sure-fire way to delve deep into issues seniors face, using humor to break down barriers and allow surprising things to happen in this charming story. Actors Mark Bramhall as Dan, and Annabella Price as Betty are wonderful in their roles.Dan has recently lost ...