Saturday, April 29, 2017

Behind the Curtain with Kristin Idaszak

In a rapidly evolving cultural climate, the arts rely on perpetual renovation to maintain relevance. The keen sense of inventiveness that artists often possess propels their craft forward. Among these artistic innovators is Kristin...

Play Review: “The Lion”

As Benjamin Scheuer walks onto the circular stage, the 33-year-old award-winning songwriter and performer wears a suit and tie and carries a guitar in his hands. By the time “The Lion” is over, he...

Sights and Sounds: Guardian’s Guide to San Diego’s Music, Theater and Film

With decent access to public transportation and car services, UCSD students have a bevy of venues within their reach. Every location placates a certain desire, whether one wants to catch a band, a film...

Play Review: “Hollywood”

Rating: A Directed by: Christopher Ashley Written by: Joe DiPietro Starring: Harriet Harris, Patrick Kerr, Scott Drummond, Jeff Marlow, Lee Sellars Runs: May 10 - June 12 Location: La Jolla Playhouse Life can often feel like a movie. When things...

Play Review: “Constellations”

Rating: A Directed by: Richard Seer Written by: Nick Payne Starring: Christian Coulson, Victoria Frings Runs: April 9 – May 8 Location: The Old Globe With an intentionally nonlinear and disjointed narrative, “Constellations” gives an unforgettable rendition of the...

Play Review: “Muir Musical: In the Heights”

Rating: A- Directed by: Aubrey Oxley Written by: Lin-Manuel Miranda Starring: Kevin Maneffa, Nicole McEntee, Kevin Burroughs Runs: April 2 – April 9 Location: Mandeville Auditorium Ditch your masks, cats and hairspray — “In the Heights” is a musical for...

Play Review: “The Book of Mormon”

Rating: 4.5/5.0 Directed by Trey Parker, Casey Nicholaw Written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Robert Lopez Starring Billy Harrigan Tighe, A.J. Holmes, Alexandra Ncube, Stanley Wayne Mathis Runs Feb. 23 to March 6 Location San Diego Civic Theatre Those who...

Play Review: “The Last Match”

Rating: 4.0/5.0 Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch Written by Anna Ziegler Starring Patrick J. Adams, Troian Bellisario Runs Feb. 13 to March 13 Location The Old Globe The last match. A simple phrase that can refer to any number of relationships and circumstances. One...

Play Review: “The Metromaniacs”

Rating: 3.5/5.0 Directed by: Michael Kahn Written by: David Ives Starring: Christian Conn, Cary Donaldson, Amelia Pedlow, Dina Thomas, Adam LeFevre Location: The Old Globe Runs: Jan. 30 to March 6 In the 18th century, there were a considerable number...

Play Review: “As You Like It”

At the Old Globe, USD Theater M.F.A. Program graduate students shine in a 1950s styled “As You Like It.” Rating: 5.0/5.0 Directed by: Justin Waldman Written by: William Shakespeare Starring: Amy Blackman, Ally Carey, Makha Mthembu, Ajinkya...

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