The canvas that was the 1990s started out blindingly white and died a murky, bloodstained mess. ‘Pump Up the Volume: a ’90s Palooza,’ San Diego Musical Theatre’s salute to the era, doesn’t quite know why that’s so — but as a spectacle in and of itself, you could do a lot worse.
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The Craig Noel Award nominations represent the collective view of the Critics Circle members as to the strongest productions, performances, and technical work in the past year – and as such represent a kind of “report card” on the San Diego theatre community.
We asked each of our writers to cast their thoughts as “bravos” and “boos.” As you’ll see, some of them found it easier to do than others. Be that as it may, we proudly present essays by Ken Herman, Kris Eitland, Bill Eadie, David Dixon, Martin Jones Westlin, and Welton Jones.
There are many, many forces at work out there, and that’s never more apparent than during the holiday season. San Diego Musical Theatre has copped the clue — and its excellent ‘Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play’ justifies our inclination toward belief in the unseen.
Performances are ferocious in this potent musical…
As much as the sumptuous rainy dance on stage, grainy films of Lina and Don in their first attempts at talkies float this production to a higher level. The leads are adorable in black and white, even Lina. “Oh Philippe, you shouldn’t have come…” she squawks…