Returning to the podium of the San Diego Symphony as Laureate Conductor, Jahja Ling presided over one of the more amazing performances of the 2017-18 season with a probing account of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony and the young Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov’s thrilling San Diego debut in Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto.
Two young couples, both alike and worlds apart in their Jewish heritage, struggle to build lives and find meanings in Anna Ziegler’s well-observed play ‘The Wanderers’ premiering at the Old Globe Theatre.
“Schrekstoff” offered much to appreciate: clarity, humor, and strong performances by a five-member ensemble. But Lavina Rich warned the audience beforehand that we might get scared. I wish. The only emotion I felt was humor.
Britain’s Sir Alan Ayckbourn is the best at his craft since Sir Noel Coward — the problem is that the era he chooses to reflect doesn’t always define the grit of day that Coward faced. Despite that, his ‘How the Other Half Loves’ holds water, as North Coast Repertory Theatre’s current turn illustrates.
Branching out from its customary programming, Beth Ross Buckley’s enterprising Camarada offered a laid-back concert of jazz-tinged calypso Sunday, April 15, at the Mingei International Museum.
Michael Frayn’s Noises Off has been celebrated as a farce to be reckoned with, and if reckoning means that the ensemble cast must execute precisely while pretending to be flailing about, then the cast of the current production at Lamb’s Players Theatre has reckoned well indeed…