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Back row: Max Macke (deputy, scruffy man, doctor), John Herzog (warden, man, captain), Geno Carr (cotton farmer, lame man, Cajun, Mr. Allen) and Benjamin Cole (Tommy).
Front row: Richard Baird (Aikins), Sara Fetgatter (Ellie) and Robert Grossman (Ike), star in Edward Morgan’s adaptation of William Faulkner’s ‘Old Man,’ ‘Way Downriver’ through May 8 at the North Coast Repertory Theatre.

NewsLet’s Review: ‘Way Downriver’ is downright incredible

Apr 20, 2016, 11:51 a.m.

National disasters seem to be on the rise. Nightly newscasts feature tornadoes, typhoons, earthquakes, tsunamis, raging storms and floods. “Way Downriver,” Edward Morgan’s adaptation of William Faulkner’s play “Old Man,” is centered on one such disaster — the record-breaking great Mississippi flood of 1927. The story unfolds onstage at the North Coast Repertory Theatre (NCRT) through May 8. First to draw acclaim is NCRT’s Resident Scenic Designer Marty Burnett for his amazing set design, that starts off in a Mississippi ...

Meet the cast and crew — Back row: Isabel Rios, Bruna Bittencourt, Jade Moujaes, Michael Chen, Lindsey Gartner, Daniel O'Haire, Aquarius Burke, Ciara Agrella, Alec Greenfield, Dani Balmat, Isabel Blanco and Angelo Devlin. 
Front row: Robert Mackey, Beau Lieurance, Jose Jasso, Vlad Jebran, Patrick Perrine and Angela Batakovic

News‘Toxic Avenger’ onstage at La Jolla High April 22-29

Apr 20, 2016, 11:18 a.m.

A seven-foot mutant, a blind pretty librarian, corruption, pollution, and rock ‘n’ roll are the main elements of the La Jolla High School (LJHS) PG13-rated spring musical. “The Toxic Avenger” premieres 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 22 with performances at the same time on April 23, 28 and 29 in the school’s Parker Auditorium, 750 Nautilus St. A special pay-what-you-can performance will be presented at 2:30 p.m. April 27. “We have some special tricks up our sleeve,” said director Marjorie Treger. ...

The trio behind the opera — director Jack O’Brien, composer Jake Heggie and librettist Terrence McNally.

NewsGreat Scott! Comedy, drama to join forces in new opera

Apr 20, 2016, 10:46 a.m.

How many operas can you think of that have been called “hilarious, endearing, sophisticated and profound”? Starting May 7, San Diego Opera, in partnership with the Dallas Opera, will present the West Coast premiere of one of those happy few — “Great Scott,” a thoroughly modern opera about a diva, a faltering small-town opera company and football. The prolific composer, Jake Heggie, lists eight pages of operas, song cycles, chamber and orchestral works on his website, including the whale-scale opera ...

Christian Coulson stars as Roland and Victoria Frings as Marianne in Nick Payne’s ‘Constellations,’ directed by Richard Seer, through May 8 at The Old Globe.

NewsLET’S REVIEW: Globe’s ‘Constellations’ shines bright

Apr 20, 2016, 10:32 a.m.

There are many wonderful things about theatrical productions — playwrights can see their ideas, strange or common, come to life; directors can identify with the theme of a play and have a hand in its exposure; actors can stretch their talents in new directions; creative teams can come together to highlight a story that will charm or escape an audience’s praise. Nick Payne’s “Constellations” at The Old Globe is an example of this fine art. Marianne (Victoria Frings) and Roland ...

Christian Coulson (Roland) and Victoria Frings (Marianne) star in Nick Payne’s ‘Constellations,’ directed by Richard Seer at The Old Globe.

LifestyleIn ‘Constellations,’ romance comes in an unusual way

Apr 13, 2016, 3:04 p.m.

Award-winning director and actor Richard Seer returns to The Old Globe to direct Nick Payne's “Constellations,” onstage through May 8. Seer has directed 13 productions at the theater in Balboa Park, including “Quartet,” “God of Carnage,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Christian Coulson (Roland) and Victoria Frings (Marianne) portray the only two characters in “Constellations,” a romantic story of parallel universes. Marianne is a physicist who has a chance encounter with Roland, a beekeeper, at a ...

The cast of the world premiere musical ‘Rain,’ onstage through May 1 at The Old Globe.

NewsLet’s Review: Old Globe’s ‘Rain’ intense and gripping

Apr 6, 2016, 1:47 p.m.

Bravo to the efforts and talents of composer/lyricist Michael John LaChiusa, book writer Sybille Pearson, and Old Globe artistic director Barry Edelstein for their musical interpretation of Somerset Maugham’s 1920’s short story “Rain,” onstage through May 1. The first awe-moment greets playgoers as they enter the theater and get their first look at the massive three-story structure that represents the modest Horn Hotel in Pago Pago, Samoa. The Globe’s design team did an excellent job of creating an area void ...

Whale-watching adventures with Birch Aquarium at Scripps

La Jolla’s Best Bets for events: March 24-31

Mar 23, 2016, 2:23 p.m.

Information and Entertainment ▪ Through April 17, experience the annual epic journey of gray whales with Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. Whale watchers can enjoy daily local whale-watching cruises featuring aquarium naturalists. Daily tours leaving from San Diego Bay: 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and 1:30-5 p.m. with Flagship Cruises & Events. Don’t forget warm clothing and binoculars! If you don’t see a whale on your trip, you’ll receive a voucher to come back on ...

Aizuri Quartet

NewsLa Jolla’s Best Bets for events: March 17-24

Mar 16, 2016, 1:43 p.m.

Music in the Air • Aizuri Quartet takes the Athenaeum stage 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 21 as part of the Karatz Chamber concert series with Mozart’s Quintet in A major, K. 581; Yevgeniy Sharlat RIPEFG for string quartet; and Jean Sibelius’s String Quartet in D Minor, Op. 56, “Voces intimae,” 1008 Wall St. Tickets: $40-$50. (858) 454-5872. • Luciana Souza performs for the Athenaeum jazz program, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at The Auditorium at the Scripps Research Institute, ...

Dover Strings Quartet

La Jolla’s Best Bets for events, March 10-17

Mar 9, 2016, 2:18 p.m.

Musical Offerings ▪ Athenaeum Music & Arts Library continues the Barbara and William Karatz Chamber Concert Series, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 with the Dover String Quartet at 1008 Wall St. Program includes Mozart's “Quartet in B-flat major, K. 458,” Henri Dutilleux's “Ainsi la nuit,” and Dmitri Shostakovich's “Quartet No. 2.” Tickets: $40-$45. (858) 454-5872. ▪ The final winter musicale concert at Darlington House will be 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13 at 7441 Olivetas Ave., featuring the Torrey Pines ...

Tijuana-based Lux Boreal Dance Company will join La Jolla Symphony & Chorus in ‘Persephone,’ with guest artists tenor John Russell, narrator Alice Teyssier as Persephone and the North Coast Singers youth choir.

NewsMixed company at Symphony & Chorus concert, March 12-13

Mar 2, 2016, 3:50 p.m.

A multi-media concert for the senses awaits as the fourth offering in the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) 61st season, to be performed 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12 and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13 in Mandeville Auditorium on the UCSD campus.Music Director Steven Schick will conduct the orchestra as it performs with film, in “Gotham,” a joint production by filmmaker Bill Morrison and composer Michael Gordon that depicts the gritty energy and contrasting landscapes of 19th century New York. ...

Jake Broder, in a London production of ‘His Royal Hipness Lord Buckley,’ coming to NCRT March 7-8.

NewsRecall Lord Buckley? Comedian ‘back’ at North Coast Rep

Mar 2, 2016, 10:29 a.m.

Listen up, all you cats and kitties! If you’ve got a taste for cool, jazzy language and the music to go with it, make the scene at North Coast Repertory Theatre on March 7 or 8 for a two-nights-only performance of “His Royal Hipness Lord Buckley,” with the show’s star and creator, Jake Broder. Lord Buckley (1906-1960) was a comedian who carved out a niche for himself in the original hipster scene more than 60 years ago with a self-bestowed ...

Five characters (Allison Minick, David McBean, Kern McFadden, Ruff Yeager and John Greenleaf) have to find out who is honest and who is not in Georges Feydeau’s ‘Now You See It,’ through March 27 at the North Coast Repertory Theatre.

NewsLet’s Review: Hilarity rocks old Feydeau farce

Mar 2, 2016, 10:10 a.m.

Theater patrons who like farce will definitely want to see North Coast Repertory Theatre’s premiere of “Now You See It,” a masterful work by France’s Georges Feydeau, who must have had a jolly time thinking up what kind of scandals five characters could get into. Marie-Louis (Allison Minick) is enjoying life with her second husband Summersby (Kern McFadden). Learning about her first husband’s trysts from a diary he left behind, she’s determined not to make the mistake of trusting that ...

Dianne Reeves

NewsLa Jolla’s Best Bets for events, Feb. 18-25

Feb 17, 2016, 9:48 a.m.

Concerts ▪ The Athenaeum’s jazz program continues its annual winter series of concerts in the Music Room of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, with Aaron Goldberg Trio Feb. 18 and Ralph Alessi Baida Quartet Feb. 25. Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at 1008 Wall St. Early reservations recommended. $21-$26. (858) 454-5872. ▪ Winner of the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for an unprecedented three years in a row, Dianne Reeves performs with Gilbert Castellanos on ...

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NewsNorth Coast fancies a farce

Feb 17, 2016, 9:24 a.m.

This seems to be the season for farces with several playing around town. The North Coast Repertory Theatre (NCRT) has staged its share, and is in rehearsal for another one, the U.S. premiere of “Now You See It,” directed by Bruce Turk.Written by French farce favorite Georges Feydeau (1862-1921) and translated by British playwright Kenneth McLeish, the story promises audiences a jealousy-fueled evening involving a philandering husband, a spurned lover and a scandalous discovery. Allison Minick (“Being Seen,” “Macbeth,” “Oklahoma”) ...