A novelist of dance, Blythe Barton, in her longer work, creates vivid societies onstage. In “The only real world I know is mine,” her premiere at the San Diego Fringe Fest, Barton’s world was a generous place that I wanted to live in.
Twenty-eight years after its world premiere on this same stage, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s “Into the Woods” is back at the Old Globe, as muddled as ever. But tis time, it’s great fun, thanks to a fresh and scruffy staging that emphasizes tweaking the imagination.
The title contains two identical words that mean two different things – love, after all, is a many-faceted phenomenon, and it shows in North Coast Repertory Theatre’s Romance/Romance, in which the decent first piece softens you up for the dismal second act to come.
bare: a pop opera has been called a “cult favorite.” First performed in Los Angeles in 2000, the show made its New York debut off-Broadway in 2004 and was presented in a revised version during the 2012-13 off-Broadway season. Diversionary Theatre has mounted its largest and most complex production to date in bringing the original version to San Diego. The result makes an A for effort, if not always for achievement…
Los Angeles-based Theatre Unleashed brought the morality play “Friends Like These” Saturday (July 12) to the San Diego International Fringe Festival, and I felt like some mad scientist had trapped me in his fiendish time-travel machine and returned me to that social purgatory known as high school.