When David Mamet’s Glengary Glen Ross first exploded on the stage, its nonstop profane dialogue left many in a state of shock. Some 28 years later, this now ubiquitous vocabulary gurgles from the 7-year-old youngsters on Comedy Central’s South Park as well as from the cuddly, singing puppets from Broadway’s Avenue Q. The current La […]
The mysteries of the living theatre conjure romance for everybody but there’s no audience more receptive than the theatre workers themselves. Those giving their lives to the art live with the endless urge to show just how splendid the rewards can be, despite the cost and the sacrifices. Just consider a quick, top-of-the-head list of […]
If you are a chamber music ensemble, you know that you have arrived when a prestigious music school invites you for a long term residency and puts you on the full time faculty. It is one thing to have a busy touring schedule and a fistful of glowing reviews, but nothing compares with the security […]
While a rallying cry of “the cutting edge artistic innovation” is generally received as a warning to traditionally-minded music audiences, the Carlsbad Music Festival has managed to make this premise surprisingly audience friendly. A pair of festival concerts on Saturday (Sept. 22) afternoon—Andy Akiho and Friends and the choral ensemble Sacra/Profana—demonstrated how this festival makes […]
Rarely does a formidable program of new music leave the listener eager for more. But Timothy Andres’ Saturday (Sept. 22) afternoon recital at the Carlsbad Music Festival made me want to hear a lot more of this astute 27-year-old pianist and composer. In a cunning juxtaposition of four substantial, recent piano compositions with four concise […]
In the earliest days of World War II, it became illegal on the West Coast to look Japanese and 120,000 people were locked up in concentration camps for the duration of the war. A new musical – ALLEGIANCE – at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre tells the story.