Tour of La Cage Worth Seeing Despite It All

By Bill Eadie | August 9, 2012 |

Producers Fran and Barry Weissler have made a lot of money doing what’s called “stunt casting.” They take an appealing show, front it with a “name” celebrity they think audiences would pay to see, surround the star with a cast that can sell the show, and then if the star bombs the rest of the…

Riveting “Water Passion” at SummerFest

By Ken Herman | August 6, 2012 |

With composer Tan Dun on the podium, La Jolla SummerFest’s riveting presentation of his “Water Passion” at the La Jolla Playhouse Saturday (August 4) may be the festival’s finest hour. And not simply of this 2012 SummerFest, but of every SummerFest since the annual event was launched 25 seasons ago. Over the years, this chamber…

SummerFest’s Romantic Opening

By Ken Herman | August 4, 2012 |

La Jolla SummerFest 2012 opening Friday, August 3, with a concert of effusive, late Romantic chamber music, including two of Heitor Villa-Lobos’ esteemed versions of his “Bachianas Brasilieras for 8 Cellos.” The festival continues through Aug. 24, 2012.

“Carnage” Perhaps Too Mild a Word

By Welton Jones | August 3, 2012 |

Four WASPS and a cell phone are featured in Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage, now on the stage of the Old Globe’s White Theatre. Mom on the landline has a supporting role. It’s a pocket-sized version of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: Fewer revelations, diminished booze and far less time lapsed but comparable…

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