Playwright Bruce Norris takes Avenue Q’s snarky bromide that everyone’s a little bit racist to its logical conclusion in his Pulitzer Prize-winning Clybourne Park, now playing through February 10 at San Diego REP’s Lyceum Stage. I have a bone to pick with how Mr. Norris manipulates the story, but I have no bones about recommending this solid-at-every-level production.
The Old Globe Theatre has mounted a stately production of George Bernard Shaw’s best comedy – Pygmalion – on the occasion of the play’s centenary. (It was first performed, in German, at Vienna for reasons both complicated and uninteresting.) Most of the Globe’s strengths are in evidence. Alexander Dodge’s set is gorgeous and witty, […]
Considering the huge turnout for its weekend run at Diversionary, the “Hot Guys Dancing” series will likely continue, perhaps to coincide with the Gay Pride Festival in July. Michael Mizerany is already discussing the next production with Diversionary managers. Mizerany is a busy man to watch. He announced this week that after 15 seasons with […]
Every clue suggested we were in for a wild homoerotic evening of dance: The sweaty imagery of the title, “Hot Guys Dancing,” the GLBT territory of the venue, Diversionary Cabaret, and the fiercely physical reputation of its director, Michael Mizerany. But Mizerany took a creative risk and turned the title on its head. The dances […]
The image of the barrel-chested, horn-helmeted, sword-swinging opera singer dies slowly. Making opera less exotic and more believable is a preoccupation of opera companies and singers around the globe. San Diego Opera will open its 2013 season with a smartly updated production of Gaetano Donizetti’s comic opera The Daughter of the Regiment, transforming its garrison […]
Wars hot and cold dominated the 20th century, stirring composers’ imaginations in myriad ways. Stravinsky’s 1918 “The Soldier’s Tale” portrayed war as class conflict cynically abetted by religion, while Benjamin Britten’s 1962 “War Requiem” lamented the utter futility of armed conflict. On the other hand, Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” and Samuel Barber’s […]