Hard-headed women, Elvis reminds us, have been a thorn in the side of men since the world’s been around. Shakespeare might as well have written the song — in fact, with his ‘The Taming of the Shrew,’ he sort of did. Innermission Productions offers a technically deficient but philosophically sound entry to that effect.
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One of the greatest songwriters this country has ever produced is part phantom. Seen and unseen, Carole King started writing hits for several acts when she was 17 — and the good and bad to her story is mounted for all to see in Broadway San Diego’s excellent “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.”
New Fortune Theatre Company won’t rest on its laurels, as it’s announced plans for its next production. Meanwhile, its mixed-bag ‘Troilus and Cressida’ on July 25 not only funded the piece but also made us very glad that the forecast show is in New Fortune’s hands.
Hip-hop fare has its blatant poetic streak, which in its own rite makes it a storyteller’s genre. San Diego-based playwright Gill Sotu understands this in no uncertain terms — his ‘The Best Goodbye’ is loaded with anecdotes big and small, and a savvy cast from Circle Circle dot dot takes the show from there.
We haven’t seen the likes of Leonard Bernstein’s modern impact on music before him or since — Lenny could do it all, and he had no qualms about heralding music’s place in the human experience. ‘Maestro,’ currently on tap at San Diego Repertory Theatre, is local favorite Hershey Felder’s nod to the big man — even amid its topheavy qualities, it’s certainly a piece for the mind and heart.
The evidence is sketchy, but it looks like two of the world’s greatest composers may have met in one of Vienna’s greatest artistic mind-melds. The year was 1787, and a star-struck Ludwig van Beethoven was quaking in his boots; his idol Johann Chrysostomus Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had kindly requested an impromptu mini-concert, exchanging a lesson […]