Master pianist and thespian Hershey Felder opened his latest composer incarnation, “Our Great Tchaikovsky” at the San Diego Repertory Theatre. A splendid mix of sumptuous music, well-researched history and even a dash of controversial contemporary politics . . .
Most science fiction narratives revolve around plots and events that have never occurred, or been imagined, prior to that point in time. Part of the fun of these tales is that storytellers come up with creative and fantastic scenarios.
The French Revolution, and the years before it, inundated the world with news of dire consequences in a particularly failed monarchy. Christopher Hampton’s ‘Les Liaisons dangereuses’ had every opportunity to exploit the revolution in the interest of character development — and somehow, Hampton abandoned its every notion in this nonetheless well-mounted drama.
James Sherman’s Beau Jest is a lightweight trifle that would border on the offensive were it not for smooth ensemble work by an expert cast…
The songs in “My Fair Lady” are brilliant because they sound lovely and critique a rigid class system…
Tunes and text are supposed to play off each other as a Broadway musical unfolds. Frankly, the award-winning ‘Rent’ nails only half those components — but as the current Broadway San Diego entry proves, sometimes that’s enough.