The Sound of Music is a lot like the infamous Borg in Star Trek: whether you like it or not, resistance is futile. Usually, I’m pretty well gone by the time the von Trapp children first enter. But, San Diego Musical Theatre’s production had me from the title number and held me enthralled through the last note…
The California legacy of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan included a moneyed class of staunch GOP regulars who ran Southern California from their estates in the posh neighborhoods of Beverley Hills, etc. When evolving political power marginalized them, many said “screw it” and moved to Palm Springs, etc.
A motherless child trades boxing for ballet – sigh. At first glance, the only thing missing from the uplifting production “Billy Elliot the Musical,” is a cuddly dog. It has all the right stuff: talented kids who can really sing, dance, and act, little tykes in tutus, a grizzled grandmother, and a lonely boy who overcomes …
“Trust the process” is the theme of many successful projects. In the case of Chance Theater’s productions of The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, that theme might be revised to read, “Trust the process; trust the text.”
In ” References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot” playwright José Rivera has imagined that logic and emotion are at war. The war reference is both literal and figurative, and it makes for a not-entirely satisfying evening.
San Diego REP director Sam Woodhouse has taken a world premiere play that could only be performed in San Diego and done his best to dress it up and make it interesting. Even if you don’t love jazz, the music will move you. Let it.