January 1, 2020, marks the start of a new decade. Looking back, I notice that I have been reviewing theatre in San Diego for more than ten years. It seems appropriate to consult what I’ve written and see, what has changed about San Diego theatre. So, instead of summarizing 2019, I’m returning to 2010 and working my way forward to the present.

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Audience and authorial tastes are changing all the time, and that’s why a Moliere adaptation (amid its originator’s bawdy humor) might not catch up in one fell swoop. Nonetheless, San Diego Repertory Theatre’s ‘Manifest Destinitis’ is a lot of fun as it looks at a core premise of 19th-century American expansionism.

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