Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Play Review: “Baby Teeth” & “Are You There?”

“We all end up pulp.” This is the dominant motif of the bleak comedy, “Baby Teeth.” Part of the New Wagner Play Festival, “Baby Teeth” exposes and investigates our self-destructive tendencies to stifle our...

Interview with a Playwright: Steph Del Rosso

Playwriting is a complex process, taking many forms and yielding a diverse array of styles and artistic approaches. To Steph Del Rosso, a first-year in UC San Diego’s M.F.A. Playwriting program, artistic creation is...

Interview with a Playwright: Lily Padilla

The theater can seem like a world unto itself; as the lights drop and curtains pull back, it is all too easy to for an audience to escape into the dramas and tribulations of...

Play Review: “(w)holeness”

Four emotionally-damaged sex addicts, an eternally absent psychologist, an intern way too in over her head and a recreation center room — it sounds a bit like the beginning of a bad joke, but...

Play Review: “Spring Awakening”

The premise might seem patently absurd: 19th-century German teens get embroiled in a salad-toss of sex, latin discourse, wet dreams, abuse and atheism. Well, that’s “Spring Awakening” for you. Adapted from a 100-year-old German...

The Making of Muir Musical

Each year, Muir Musical starts from scratch: a new director, a new show and another set of auditions. Work begins early in the school year, with tryouts in Fall Quarter and practice following soon...

Play Review: “Picasso at the Lapin Agile”

Steve Martin’s first full-length play, originally performed in 1993, is undergoing a revival at The Old Globe. The show, while undeniably entertaining and graced with an incredible set and cast, never quite finds its...

Behind the Curtain with the Directors of “VagMo” and “HerStories”

With its controversial title and content, “The Vagina Monologues” is certainly a production laden with shock value. To many, “The Vagina Monologues’” feminism no longer seems relevant, spurring this year’s addition of “HerStories,” featuring...

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...