So why this Doll’s House, right now? Maybe it’s just punching a ticket – the Old Globe Theatre has never before done the most-produced play of the second-most-produced playwright – but I suspect it’s a gender thing. Henrik Ibsen himself said more than once that A Doll’s House had nothing to do with women’s rights. […]
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a show where my opinion drastically changed over the course of the evening. This is exactly what happened during Moonlight Stage Productions presentation of Born Yesterday, which is a rare example of a play where the quality of the storytelling rises after intermission. In 1946, a […]
Many of Stephen Sondheim’s musicals are more admired than beloved. Assassins falls into that category, despite a well-paced and sung production at Cygnet Theatre in Old Town.
When Ferruccio Furlanetto enters the room, he presents the calm, distinguished appearance of a member of the diplomatic corps. Only when he speaks—in the thoughtfully measured cadences of his sonorous basso profundo—does he hint at his actual calling. The seasoned 63-year-old Italian bass is back with San Diego Opera to sing the lead role in […]
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is a merry new musical containing bits borrowed from all the right places. The Old Globe is presenting it with a charming cast and infectious ingenuity. W. S. Gilbert, Noel Coward and Oscar Wilde hover over the Edwardian enterprise, with Charles Dickens, Henry Fielding, Voltaire and John Gay […]