Performances from other centuries can exist only in reports but the career of Ira Aldridge, an African-American actor who played leading classical roles on European stage for the first half of the 19th Century, speaks for itself. And in ‘Red Velvet,’ now on the Old Globe mainstage.
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Even the worst tragedies leave survivors who must find their healing as they can, says Nick Gandiello in a world premiere at the Old Globe Theatre.
Maybe Einstein and Picasso never met in a Parisian bistro as their careers were just begging, but Steve Martin had fun in the 1990s thinking about the potential impact on such a meeting on the 20th Century. In a revival of the play, Old Globe director Barry Edelstein does much to ignite the fantasy.
The story about the mother and teenaged daughter who magically swap bodies has been around so long that the title sounds like antique slang but author Bridget Carpenter and songwriters Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey have deftly shaped it into a fable for the ages and director Christopher Ashley imported it for the beginning of his second decade as artistic boss at L Jolla Playhouse.
One of my keenest pleasures during decades as a theatre reviewer has been to switch sides and do shows myself. This vice-versa dexterity is but one delight I shared with my beloved friend George Weinberg-Harter (1944-2016). When I met George in 1980, he was one of the founders of the San Diego Gilbert and Sullivan […]
On a road-trip west, a hurting mother and daughter wrestle with some of the issues that have made our era so poisonous.